Spring Cleaning for Dog Owners

Spring is officially here! As the days grow warmer, many of us are happily stashing away our winter goods and giving our homes a good cleaning. If you have a dog, you may have a few extra things on your to-do list. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet offers some spring cleaning tips for people with pups.

Fido’s Toys

Dog toys can get yucky pretty fast. After all, Fido uses his mouth to play. Inspect your cute pet’s playthings (when he isn’t looking) and toss and replace anything that’s worn out or ripped. Stuffed animals and tennis balls can go in the washing machine. Use unscented detergent and hot water. Rubber toys, such as Kong toys, can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Skip the soap, and use the hot cycle. For rope toys, remove metal pieces, soak the toy in water, and microwave it on high for a minute. Anything else can be rinsed and popped in the freezer for a day or two.

Doggy Dishes

Wash Fido’s bowls and dishes. Also, clean and disinfect any containers you use to store your four-legged pal’s food or treats.


Does your canine buddy wear jackets in winter? Wash Fido’s wardrobe according to label instructions, and store everything away until fall. Keep out a doggy raincoat and a light jacket for cool days.

Travel Kit

Give your furry pal’s crate or carrier a good cleaning. Disinfect it, and wipe dry before replacing bedding or toys.


Does Fido have a penchant for making nose art on your windows? Use vinegar and newspaper to erase your canine buddy’s creations.


Many of our furry patients spend a good chunk of winter snoozing in their beds. If your dog’s bed is too large for the washer, vacuum it, and, if it’s made of cloth, run a hot iron over it. This will disinfect it and kill any flea eggs. Be sure to test a small spot first.

Fur Busting

Spring is a peak shedding season! Use a squeegee or rubber dish glove to remove fur from carpets and upholstery. You may also want to get into the habit of brushing your pooch daily. Take Fido outdoors for his beauty sessions, so the fur just blows away.

Please contact us here at Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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