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DIY Pet Projects for Kids

Are your children spending a lot of time at home lately? If so, the family pets may be enjoying extra attention. Why not have the kids make some things for their furry pals? This will both occupy your young ones and pamper your pet a bit! A local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some great options in this article.

Cats

You can make your feline pal a little kitty tent in just a few minutes, using an old tee shirt and a wire hangar. Another option is to make Fluffy her own box castle. If you want to keep it simple, just connect a few boxes together, and then cut doors out of the connecting sides. Or, go all-out and incorporate towers, turrets, and balconies. This is also a good one for bunnies.

Dogs

Many of our canine patients love playing Tug O War with their human buddies. To make Fido a new rope toy, cut an old tee shirt or towel into thin strips. You can use two or even three different-colored ones if you like. Alternating the colors will make the toy more attractive. Braid the strips together, and then braid those together. You can also incorporate a tennis ball if you like. Tie the end off in a big knot. Done!

Smaller Pets

Do you have a bunny, hamster, Guinea pig, or another pocket pet? There are loads of toys you can make using cardboard or plain paper. The cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls are very versatile. Cut them into rings, and reassemble them as small balls. Or stuff them with fresh herbs, hay, or shredded paper. You can also make pyramids out of them, or fold them into ‘envelopes’ around a yummy snack.

All Pets

Another thing you can do is turn a soft sweater into a comfy bed for your furry friend. Turn it inside out, and told the torso into an O shape, leaving the neck open. Trim and sew it. Then, turn it right-side out, and sew the arms to the torso. Use the neck opening to fill it with stuffing, then seal that off as well. Voila! You can also find lots of patterns online for beds or tents for smaller pets.

Please reach out to us, your local Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Spring Cleaning for Pet Parents

Spring is finally here! As we leave another winter behind, many people are rolling up their sleeves and getting some spring cleaning done. Don’t forget about your pet’s things! A local Fort Collins, CO vet offers some spring cleaning tips for pet owners in this article.

Bedding

Wash your four-legged buddy’s bedding, and inspect it for tears and rips. We recommend using hot water and unscented detergent. Beds that can’t go in the wash can be vacuumed.

Toys

Inspect your furry friend’s playthings, and toss out anything that is worn or ripped. Toys that are still in decent condition can be given a good cleaning. To clean a rope toy, remove metal parts, soak it in water, and pop it in the microwave for about a minute. Stuffed animals can be washed in the washing machine. Use unscented detergent and the hottest wash and dry cycles you have. Plastic and rubber toys, such as Kong toys, can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Use the hot setting, and skip the soap. The water and steam will do the trick. Check care instructions for other toys.

Perishables

Go through your pet’s food, treats, and medicine, and get rid of anything that is no longer good. Don’t forget to check expiration dates! If you store your furry pal’s food in a specific container, such as a pitcher or storage tote, give that a good cleaning as well.

Grooming

Many animals shed heavily at this time of year, as they lose their winter fur. We recommend brushing your pet daily during peak shedding times. If you have a dog, bring Fido outdoors for his beauty sessions in warm weather. That way, the fur will just blow away.

Household

We recommend vacuuming regularly, especially during shedding season. This is also a good time to change your air filter. If you need to remove pet fur from your clothing or upholstery, try using a squeegee, rubber dish glove, or a damp sponge. You may also want to put some removable slipcovers on your furniture, at least until shedding season winds down.

Veterinary Care

Fleas and ticks will follow soon behind the spring thaw. Make sure that your four-legged pal is current on their vaccines, exams, and parasite control products!

Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO pet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!