Cleaning Tips for Pet Owners

Spring has sprung! Cleaning is on the agenda for many people over the next few weeks. If you have a pet, you may have a few extra tasks on your to-do list. Read on as a Columbia, MD vet offers some cleaning tips for pet parents.

Fur Removal

Use rubber dish gloves to remove fur from your carpets and upholstery. A damp sponge or squeegee will also work. Of course, you may also end up wearing some of your pet’s fur, especially if your furry pal is a heavy shedder. A lint roller or damp washcloth is the go-to for removing hair from your clothing. Another option is to toss a piece of clothing into your dryer with a damp washcloth for a few minutes.


Even the most well-behaved pet can have accidents now and then. Keep an enzyme-based cleaner on hand for stain removal. You can also clean stains and remove odors by using baking soda and vinegar.  A steam cleaner may also be a good investment, especially if your pet often has accidents.


Does your canine pal like making nose art on your windows? Use newspaper and vinegar to remove your pup’s masterpieces.

Pawprint Buster

Things can get pretty muddy at this time of year! Keep pet wipes near the door, and wipe Fido’s feet off before you bring him in. You can also get an anti-mud mat, and teach your pooch that he’ll get a yummy treat for walking on it.

Odor Busting

Did you know that one of the best ways to keep your home smelling nice is to set out pet-safe plants? Check the ASPCA site here for suggestions. A timed-release air freshener will also help.


Wash your pet’s bedding regularly, using unscented detergent and the hot cycles on your washer and dryer. If your furry friend’s bed can’t be washed, sprinkle baking soda on it, let it sit for a while, then vacuum it up.


Remember to clean your pet’s belongings. Rubber toys and most dishes and bowls can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Skip the soap: the steam and hot water will do the trick. Plush toys, tennis balls, and clothing can go in the washing machine. Check care instructions for details.

Please reach out to us, your Columbia, MD pet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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