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WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME OUR NEW “RESIDENT EXPERT” SANDY ROBINS TO THE ON THE HOUSE FAMILY! SANDY WILL BE JOINING JAMES AND MORRIS WEEKLY WITH SOME GREAT TIPS FOR YOUR PETS!

From De-Shedding Tools To New Pet Beds – It’s All Part For Spring-Cleaning For Your Pets

It’s spring!  Time to spring clean both around the house and the garden and spruce up your pet’s accessories too.

Dogs and cats do their own “spring cleaning” in the form of shedding which is their way of getting rid of their thick winter fur.

Shedding is a normal and natural occurrence. It’s how dogs and cats remove dead hair from their bodies and maintain their coats in top condition (along with good nutrition of course).

Interestingly, in the wild, members of the cat family shed twice a year -- in the spring to get rid of thicker winter fur and, again, in the fall, to prepare for their winter coats to grow in again.

Shedding is largely influenced by daylight and, more specifically, by the number of hours a pet is exposed to sunlight in a day. This is known as a photoperiod. However, when it comes to feline family members that that enjoy an indoor lifestyle, they generally experience more hours of light - albeit artificial light. Also because they are usually also exposed to air conditioning and heating, this results in the fact that they shed year-round.

Consider helping your dog and cat with her spring-cleaning routine by brushing regularly and also by using a special de-shedding tool which helps to remove the loose hair as well as the thick undercoat.

When it comes to spring-cleaning your home be sure to include your pet’s household accessories such as her bed and favorite throws by laundering them too.

In fact, plastic canine throw toys should be washed with antibacterial kitchen sink dishwashing soap on a regular basis. Toys made from material that won’t survive a tumble in a washing machine should be thrown away and replaced. The same can be said for cat toys that are looking shredded.

When purchasing a pet bed, it’s a good idea to make sure the cover can be taken off and washed or, if the pet beds itself can be dry-cleaned. Remember to regularly vacuum them for loose hair and detritus too. Also if you pet has been using an extra warm bed during the winter months, now that its spring, exchange it for something thinner with a washable cotton exterior that will keep your pet cool in the summer days ahead.

If spring-cleaning involves sprucing up a room in your home with new accessories to give the interior a new look, consider purchasing new bedding for your pet too especially if you are changing up the color scheme.

With pets spending more time outside, make sure that there is always a shady patch in the garden or patio for them to take refuge. There are special pet tents and pet beds which are not only functional but will create an attractive outdoor feature too.

And when you are thinking about garden projects, adding an attractive fountain to an outdoor area specifically for your pets to drink from will be much appreciated by all furry family members not to mention wild birds too.

It’s important to remember that spring is also synonymous with fleas and ticks. Be sure to take precautionary measures to protect your pet by using topical flea and tick applications. Their efficacy varies so be sure to make a note on a kitchen calendar to replace them timeously.

Remember its not only pets that can bring fleas into a home. People can be equally responsible. At the first sign of a flea indoors, be sure to treat the home and wash all pet bedding. One single flea can quickly lead to an invasion. Further a single fleabite can cause a pet to have an allergic reaction. And of course, the same goes for people too.

 

 

 


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