Spring Safety Check: Does Your Pet Gear Need Replacing or Repairing?

Tags: Can you still read the name and phone number on your pet’s tag? These seem to rub off sooner than you might expect. If your pet’s tag is illegible, order a new one ASAP. Have it engraved with your last name and your home or cell phone number and your veterinarian’s phone number. And of course, if you haven't already, get your pet microchipped — just in case his collar or tag goes missing and he needs to find his way home. If your pet is already microchipped, now’s a good time to check with the supplier to make sure they have your most current contact information on file.

Grooming tools: Whether your dog requires only minimal grooming or you have a full-on dog salon in your home, grooming tools require regular upkeep and replacement. Dull, bent or missing pieces can injure your pet, painfully quick the nails or damage the coat. Dirty tools can spread bacteria, fungal spores and more. Go through your grooming kit and see if you need to do any of the following:

  • Disinfect and oil scissors. Sharpen as needed.
  • Oil or replace nail trimmer blades. You can order them online or purchase at pet supply stores.
  • Replace the grinding bands of your Dremel.
  • Replace spray bottles if nozzles stick.
  • Replace pin brushes with bent pins.
  • Clean brushes and combs.

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