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Summer Clean for Healthy Dogs

Summer is fast approaching and if your family is like ours, it's time to finish up the spring time cleaning and get ready for fun in the sun and outdoor activities

One of the most important parts of our routine is to make certain that we thoroughly clean our pups beds, blankets, towels and the pads my wife has in the "stroller" for the little ones.

We wipe down and vacuum their "stairs", wash doggy sweaters, and clean their toys that have been on the carpet and in toy boxes all winter.

If you use a crate, don't forget to give it a good washing....your dog's part time home can get filthy with all the tracking of dirt in and out.

The beds and blankets are perhaps most important as they  accumulate all sorts of dirt and bacteria and if examined closely may have an odor not suitable for polite company:)

Don't worry though...It's really a breeze to get everything clean and smelling fresh again.

Here's 6 Simple Ideas to help you get started:

1.Wash Fido's bedding, towels and blankets. Wet bedding, towels
and blankets will start to smell. As dirt becomes embedded
with moisture they can become incubators for bacteria when
temps warm up. This can make Fido and possibly you sick as a
result. I recommend weekly washing for these items.

2.Wash or have dry cleaned any garments that you may use for Fido.
Check the labels for cleaning instructions and if you are not going
to use them during the summer pack them away in sealed bags that
will protect them from summer insects and moths.

3.Give Fido a bath every 2-4 weeks. Your dog will feel better and
happier after a bath, so get some good quality oatmeal shampoo and
conditioner and give him/her a bath. Depending on Fido's breed,
you may want to repeat the bath every 2-4 weeks.

Over bathing your dog can cause excessive skin dryness so look up
information on your dog's breed or ask your vet how often a bath
is recommended for your dog. (Please don't ask us... last year we
had more than 80 readers ask us to look up the information for
them....we simply don't have the volunteer staff to do that...
although I wish we did)

4.Clean any area that "smells". If Fido has been ill, had an
'accident' or pees on the carpet, make sure that you clean the
area right away. The easiest way to do this is with some hot water
and paper towels...the quicker you do it, the safer and healthier
it will be for you and Fido.

5.Remove odors as best you can with the help of odor removers
that do more than simply "cover up" the odor. Our "friend",
radio personality and dog expert Warren Eckstein at http://www.warreneckstein.com/ says that American
Kennel Club Gold is the best he has seen and has trained 40,000
dogs as I recall. I haven't tried it but you may want to check this
product out online.

6. Wash Fido's water bowl every day. Water bowls accumulate dirt,
bacteria and a residue of dirt from the surrounding area and Fido.
A fresh bowl with cool, clean water will not only be appealing
but healthy for Fido all summer long.

7.Finally, if you live in an area where winter visits and snow
comes, then you'll want to pick up the residue of dog poop left in
piles as the snow melts. Left unattended they can attract insects,
maggots and parasites potentially causing disease for humans and
canines alike.

Follow these simple tips and you and your dog will have a happy, healthy and clean summer

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