A portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”!
Spring has officially sprung! That means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and more time outdoors. And for many of us, it also means starting fresh with a good old-fashioned spring cleaning.
While you’re throwing open the windows and clearing out the cobwebs, don’t forget freshen up your pet’s digs, too. Here are three of my favorite tips to tidy up after your four-legged friends:
1. Refresh Bedding
Most dogs and cats spend the majority of their time inside, and the places where they lounge can accumulate pet hair and unpleasant smells. First, vacuum in and around the their favorite napping spots. Next, if they sleep in a plastic or wire crate, take it outside, hose it down, and dry it thoroughly. Finally, launder blankets and bedding, throwing away and replacing any worn items.
2. Take Care of Toys
Well-loved toys can become, well, gross. Gather any plush toys and launder them so they’re fresh and fluffy again. Hand-wash any plastic or rubber toys, too. If there are any that are permanently soiled or damaged, it’s time to toss.
3. Go on Yard Patrol
Once the snow has melted, give your yard and patio a good once-over. Pick up any debris that’s blown into the yard, look for any dead critters that your pet might want to roll in (yuck!), and check the fence or screen for any missing planks or holes.
Of course, having the right tools always helps with keeping both your home and your pet clean. Check out some of my favorite new products being revealed at the annual Global Pet Expo this week!
Simple Solution Stain & Odor Removers
Let’s face it. Pets can be super messy. (Good thing they’re so cute!) But luckily, Simple Solution has a variety of cleaning products to tackle whatever stain and odor challenge pet parents face. Whether your dog or cat has messed on carpets, hard surfaces, tile, hardwood, and even concrete – you’ll find what you need to eliminate the toughest of pet stains and odors and prevent repeat marking.
Their newest products are priced from $12.99 to $14.99 and are available now at PetSmart and most independent pet stores:
- Simple Solution Urine Destroyer
- Simple Solution Extreme Urine Destroyer
- Simple Solution Extreme Carpet Shampoo
- Simple Solution Multi-Surface Cleaner
Best of all, the ingredients in the entire product line are very safe for use around pets and kids. In fact, the “enzymes” used are natural non-pathogenic bacteria and enzymes.
Bonus! Click here to download your copy of Simple Solutions’s e-book, The Pet Parent’s Playbook for Pet Stains and Odors, absolutely free!
Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Products for Cats
Unfortunately, the warmer weather also brings out the creepy-crawlies. Protect your kitty from pesky pests with the new Vet’s Best flea and tick product, specially formulated for cats. They’re formulated with safe, natural ingredients, not chemicals, and they offer convenient application methods, such as a gentle mist spray, ideally suited for Fluffy’s unique needs.
Vet’s Best will be launching each of the products below in Petco soon, with prices ranging from $11.49 to $17.99.
- Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Gentle-Mist Spray for Cats
- Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Waterless Bath
- Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Home Spray for cats
Vet’s Best Dental Kit for Dogs
It’s not just your home that needs regular cleaning. Your dog’s teeth do, too! But if you’ve never done it before, it can be just a teensy bit intimidating. Vet’s Best Dental Kit for Dogs provides good value and convenience for pet parents who have a new dog or are just beginning their dog on a teeth-cleaning
routine. The kit includes Vet’s Best Dental Care Gel Toothpaste in a new, user-friendly tube format and a convenient, multi-head brush with a comfortable grip for easy application.
Priced at $14.99, the kit will be coming to specialty pet stores and online retailers soon.
Bags on Board
Help keep your neighborhood clean, too, by picking up your pup’s poo! The new durable and soft CUSHY waste Pickup Dispenser from Bags on Board is available in vibrant solid colors and is easy to attach to any leash. They’ve also introduced new strong, leak-proof Triple Berry Scented Pickup Bags, which come in vibrant colors (anything to make poo pick-up a little more fun, right?).
Both products will be available in May at Petco and independent pet stores, and range in price from $10.99 to $13.99.
This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen
Your turn: Do you have any pet-centric spring cleaning tips? Share with me in the comments below.