Chaz 3Spring and Summer Travel are here, or right around the corner, so that means it’s time to freshen up our homes, vehicles and RVs so let’s keep our furry friends in mind while we tackle this seasonal ritual.

Let’s start with the family car. Many pets and especially service dogs spend a great deal of time in vehicles so a good thorough deep cleaning for the vehicle is probably long over due. Vacuuming, and fur removal are a good place to start. But don’t forget window smudges from doggy noses and muddy paw prints. Glass cleaner is obvious but again, a good enzyme based cleaner may be necessary and a lint roller or masking tape for fur removal can be helpful too.

Shedding is often a problem in the Spring as dogs blow their winter coats in preparation for summer. A good brushing and de-shedding tool is probably all that’s necessary and remember to do it outside so that the gentle Spring breeze blows away the mess outside. You’ll be glad you did this for your pet when it comes time for a long road trip and your car doesn’t look like a shag rug of fur.

dog 9A fresh new smell is always inviting in the Spring so don’t forget to wash your animal’s bedding. If urine or other odors are present, a good enzyme based cleaner is just what you need to get back that fresh and clean smell for the new season.

De-germ while you are at it. Don’t forget to wash and sterilize pet food bowls and toys that may have been overlooked all Winter.

It’s almost time for Summer fun and travel with your pets so let’s get ready with Spring cleaning.  I’m ready to map out our family’s next adventure; how about you?

Carmel L. Mooney is the editor of, an online travel magazine. Carmel co-hosts a travel radio show every Sunday at noon on KJAY 1430 AM in Sacramento. Her family travel column can be read in California Kids Magazine at: You can follow her on Twitter: @roadtriplover or Facebook. Carmel is also the Executive Director of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, a non-profit that trains and places Autism Service Dogs. You can read her service dog blog at: