Between busy work schedules, school events, chores, and pet care, your to-do list can feel like a never ending. good news? There are plenty of time-saving tips for pet parents looking to consolidate the time they spend on pet care.
We’ve rounded up some of the easiest ways to save precious time. Hey – you can even get some much-needed free time in your crowded schedule.
skip the beautician
Going to the salon every two weeks or every month can take a lot of your time and your budget. Instead of spending hours and hundreds of dollars on grooming, try a waterless pet wash to keep your pet’s coat fresh, clean and free of debris.
Spruce Waterless Pet Wash is great for everyday use, no rinsing required. It’s pH-friendly for your pet’s delicate skin and contains no alcohol, caustic substances, dyes, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, chlorine, formaldehyde, triclosan or phosphates. Plus, its enzyme-activated formula gently removes dirt, feces, urine, and debris from pet hair, so you don’t have to drag your 105-pound Labrador retriever into the tub.
Invest in automatic food and water dispensers
If your work schedule or your kids’ schedules keep you away from home for a few hours a day, you may want to consider purchasing an automatic food and water dispenser for your pet. Not only will it ensure your pet gets fresh food and water, but it will save you some precious time while you’re trying to prepare dinner, go to the laundry, and do the dishes, and… pics.
Also, many cats prefer to drink as fresh tap water as possible. An automatic water dispenser — even a kitten-sized one — will provide her with cool tap water throughout the day.
Create a dog walking station
It’s generally recommended that you walk your dog at least three or four times a day — if all your walking gear is scattered around the house, you’re likely to waste a lot of time looking for it. That’s why we recommend setting up a simple dog walking station near your most frequented door. Make sure to hang your dog’s leash in a prominent place, and equip your station with extra leash, seat belts and a set of keys, as well as plenty of poop bags.
Schedule a dog walk
If you have a particularly busy day coming up, it’s a good idea to schedule at least one professionally serviced dog walk. While it can be more expensive — costing up to $20 per walk — it’s worth it to get your dog some much-needed engagement and exercise.
Not sure where to find a qualified dog walker? Apps like Swing! and Rover makes it easy for a highly qualified pet care professional to schedule services. Alternatively, look for local pet care businesses that offer services like dog walking or dog day care. (A few hours at a doggy day care center can help your dog burn some serious energy!)
Set up subscription food, hospitality and toy services
Tired of lugging 40-pound bags of dog food around the pet store?Today, there are many subscription-based online services that deliver pet food, treats, and toys directly to your front door (that is, you save time and your back). Bonus: Many subscription pet supplies services offer discounts when you set up a recurring order.
Once your pet food arrives, transfer it from the bag to an easily accessible airtight container that can be stored in a cupboard, pantry, or closet. That way, you don’t have to wrestle with floppy pet food bags during feedings.
Master daily cleaning
Whether your pet is furry, feathery, or scaly, you probably spend a lot of time every week cleaning up after him or her. We say that instead of doing a few hours of deep cleaning once a week or a few weeks, it’s better to prepare in advance and do a little cleaning every day. Spruce’s Stain and Odor Remover is also a great addition to your cleaning routine. This product is specially formulated with enzymes that destroy organic proteins that cause unpleasant odors. Bonus: This formula even helps stop pets from repeating their behavior.
Robotic vacuums and hand-held or upright vacuums designed for pet hair can also make it a quick, easy chore and prevent those dreaded pet hair tumbleweeds. Timely cleaning of stains can also save time and money. Not only will it keep your house smelling fresh and clean, but it will also prolong the life of carpets, rugs, sofas and other soft surfaces.
Choose an engaging toy
Need a distraction for your pet while getting ready for work? Appealing toys, like puzzles or glowing balls that dispense treats, can do just that. Jigsaw puzzles are highly recommended for dogs, as they relieve boredom when you’re busy or at work, and they stimulate your dog’s innate curiosity.