Cleaning Hacks For Pet Owners

Halloween is coming up quick, with the rest of the holidays following shortly behind. If you’re planning on hosting events and/or guests, you may have a lot of cleaning to do to prepare. Of course, pet owners will have a few extra things to put on your list. Our animal companions can be messy roommates! A LaPorte, IN vet lists some seasonal cleaning hacks for pet parents in this article.

Slip Covers

Many pets shed more than usual at this time of year. Slipcovers can help a lot with keeping fur off upholstered furniture. Get a few sets in seasonal themes or colors, so you can always have one out when the other is in the wash.

Fur Busting

Fluffy and Fido look adorable in their fur coats, and they’re sweet enough to share them with us. You can use a damp sponge or washcloth to get fur off of your upholstered pieces. A squeegee or rubber dish glove will also work well.

Beauty Salon

Want to avoid bathroom messes and fur in the drain? Take your pet to the groomer! Easy peasy!


Does Fido leave noseprints on your windows? Sorry, buddy, but your doggy masterpiece has to go! Vinegar-based cleaners work well at this.


Is your four-legged friend a sloppy eater? Put a tray or placemat under their dishes to keep crumbs and spills off the floor. As the holidays approach, switch these out for ones with seasonal themes.

Black Light

Fluffy and Fido are usually pretty good about sanitation, but even the most well-behaved pet can have accidents. Use a black light to find a mess that you can smell but can’t see, and an enzyme-based cleaner to remove it. Vinegar and baking soda will also do the trick.

Paw Wipes

Is your canine companion a very good boy? Teach Fido to wipe his paws off before he comes in. You may find that keeping a thick seasonal mat outside your door works well for this.

Air Fresheners

Many people use sprays to bust pet odors. However, choose ones that actually break up the scent molecules. Products that are mostly perfume will ultimately just add another layer of smell. Pet-safe plants can also help. Check the ASPCA site here for options.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local LaPorte, IN animal clinic, anytime!

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