Spring is here which means it is time for some spring cleaning for you and your pup! While you create your list of items to clean up or throw out, keep in mind your pup’s belongings too. Below is a list of your pup’s everyday items and a general rule of thumb for how often they should be cleaned!
Most pups love the comfy dog bed you have provided them. Make sure their dog bed is clean so they can curl up in a clean spot each night or for a midday nap. Cleaning your dog’s bed can also prevent the spread of germs and dirt. If your pup loves playing outside, it is best to wash their bed/blankets once a week to make sure all dirt and allergens are washed away.
Is your pup more of a homebody? It is recommended to clean your dog’s bed once every two weeks to keep their bed/blankets clean. Germs and dirt brought inside can not only impact your pup but can also impact the health of pet parents and kids. Keeping a clean dog bed will help keep your family healthy!
Every time your pup is groomed or receives a bath at home, it is a good time to wash their collar. If your pup’s collar gets wet or dirty, it is time to clean their collar to prevent the spread of dirt, outdoor allergens, and germs. Collars can be cleaned with doggy shampoo and warm water. A small amount of baking soda can also be used to neutralize odors. If you want to get a deep clean, use a toothbrush to scrub the collar to remove deep stains and dried dirt.
Collars can also be cleaned in the washing machine. To do this, put collars into a garment bag with a small scoop of baking soda. Throw the garment bag into the washing machine and run a normal wash cycle. Collars will come out clean and smelling fresh.
A general rule of thumb for cleaning leashes is to clean them once a month. Cleaning your dog’s leash will help to alleviate dirt, hair, or germs. Place your dog’s leash in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes. Once complete, remove the leash from the water, rinse thoroughly, and hang to dry.
Your pup’s favorite toys need cleaning as well! It is recommended to wash your dog’s cloth or furry toys once every two weeks. Use a pet-friendly cleaning product or a ¼ cup of white vinegar, toss all your pup’s favorite toys in the washing machine and run a regular wash cycle. Hang dry or tumble dry on low to keep from ripping their toys and ready for next game of fetch.
Water and Food Bowls
Regularly cleaning food and water bowls will lessen the buildup of biofilm and pathogens which can make a dog feel sick. Food and water bowls should be washed after every meal or at least daily. Biofilm is the slimy material that builds up on the inside of your dog’s water bowl. Harmful bacteria may be in the biofilm, making it dangerous for your dog. Regular cleaning will eliminate the bacteria and biofilm buildup and keep your pup healthy by drinking from a clean water bowl.
A clean pup is a happy pup! Grooming frequency will depend on type of coat your pup has. If your pup has curly, wavy, or thick hair, their coat will need more attention than a dog with short hair. If your pup’s coat requires more attention, brushing their coat in between grooming appointments will help prevent any matting of the hair (which can be very painful). We recommend brushing your pup’s coat 1-2 times per week if they are not a short hair breed.
Nail trims are very important in keeping your pup healthy and happy. Not only do they keep your pup walking comfortably, but they prevent unnecessary vet visits. If your pup’s nails grow too long, they may bother your pup when they walk, run, or play. Additionally, if your pup’s nails grow too long, they can easily catch their nails on the carpet, rug, and blankets. This may result in an injury or a vet visit. To prevent uncomfortable walking and to keep your pup safe, maintain your pup’s nail trimmings during regularly scheduled grooming appointments or as needed to keep your pup’s nails off the ground when standing. Our Woof’s grooming team is here to help keep your pup healthy and happy. They can provide nail trims, baths, and full grooms for pups of all shapes and sizes. To find out more, click here.