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Last updated on: November 17th, 2018
It’s important to learn how to clean a dog stroller if you are going to buy one for your pet. A pet stroller is a great tool to use when taking your pet out for a walk. There are many reasons why pet owners use dogs strollers to transport their dogs.
Different ways a dog stroller is useful to pet owners
One good reason to use pet strollers is that they are ideal for transporting old, sick, and injured pets. Such pets need help to move from place to place, and a stroller comes in handy.
However, not all dogs transported using strollers are weak, old or injured. Some dog owners don’t like to dirty their dogs and prefer to ferry them in a stroller. One reason for this is they want their dogs to remain clean either because they carry them a lot, or because they allow the dogs onto the beds and seats at home.
Pet strollers are also ideal when you are walking in rough terrain where you are afraid your dog will get injured. For example, when there is a heat wave, or it’s freezing, you can use a pet stroller to take your pet out. It will keep the dog from walking on the cold ground or burning its paws on hot pavements.
However, for some pet owners, a stroller is a fashion statement. You may have seen people with dogs such as chihuahuas and poodles dress them in trendy outfits and transport them in a stroller. It’s just a way to pamper their dogs and look fashionable with them.
There are also people that find it hard to walk their pets due to injury or old age. They cannot handle a dog on a leash, but they can move around with it in a stroller. It allows them to spend a day out with their pets without straining themselves.
These are just a few reasons why people use a dog stroller for their pets. If you want to buy a stroller for your pet, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure you pick the right one.
Factors to consider when purchasing a pet stroller for your dog
When you go to a pet supply shop, you will find a variety of the best dog strollers for sale.
You can pick one for your dog by looking at the following factors.
1. The size of your dog
If your dog is big and you want a good stroller, pick one that is large enough to accommodate it. Ideally, a pet stroller should be comfortable and secure. Your dog should not feel squeezed in it, and the stroller must also be able to support its weight. If your pet is still a pup, make sure you buy a stroller that it can use as it increases in size as well.
2. Easy to keep clean
Like any other dog care item, you need to clean a dog stroller often to keep it in good shape. Otherwise, it will get infested by pests or stink, and your pet will not be comfortable in it. It’s a good idea to purchase a pet stroller made from sturdy material you can regularly clean without damaging.
3. Use of stroller
Some strollers are made to run over smooth roads, while others are tougher and can go through rough roads. It’s advisable that you buy a sturdy stroller with tough wheels you can use over any path, in any weather.
It’s essential you buy a pet stroller you can pack away when not in use. You don’t have to use your stroller throughout. You could let your pet out if you get to a place you feel is safe for them to play such as a dog park. In such a case, you need a stroller you can fold up into a compact package that is easy to carry.
5. Spacious with extra pockets
Sometimes you need to bring more than one pet in your stroller. You may also need to carry pet items such as leashes, treats, and toys. You should buy a spacious stroller that can accommodate more than one pet and ensure it has compartments to put any dog items you need.
How to wash your dog stroller
Once you purchase your dog stroller, you will need to keep it in excellent condition. To do this, you should learn how to clean it properly. A stroller will easily get dirty because your dog will spill treats inside, poo, and even dribble saliva in it. The wheels and undercarriage will also get dirt such as mud stuck on them.
It’s vital that you clean a dog stroller frequently. Its quite easy to do this especially if you purchase one with removable, easy to wash fabric seats and covers. All you need to do is remove these parts, clean them with warm soapy water and, dry them in the sun.
Of course, not all parts of the strollers are removable. The best way to clean these parts is to brush off any loose dirt or crumbs. You can do this using a hand vacuum because it will get to any hidden and loose dirt particles, especially in the corners.
Next, clean the parts that cannot be removed using a towel dipped in warm soapy water. Use a small brush to scrub any stains off. Once you scrub the stroller with a soapy cloth, you should go over it once more with a clean cloth dipped in clean, warm water. It will help get rid of soap residue.
Also, use a damp soapy cloth to clean other parts of the stroller such as the handles. Do not forget the joints that go along the side which can also be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Make sure you go over these joints with a dry cloth to make sure you don’t leave the joints and handles wet.
Lastly, its time to clean the wheels which are perhaps the dirtiest part of the pet stroller. Many people ignore the wheel when they clean a dog stroller. Ignoring the wheels can cause your stroller to get spoilt due to caking of dirt and corrosive substances on the wheels.
To clean the wheels, scrap off any caked dirt from them first. Next, wash the wheels with warm soapy water and rinse off with clean water. Let the wheels dry off and then lubricate them using a recommended wheel lubricant. Now your stroller is clean and ready for use.
These are the steps you need to follow too clean a dog stroller. Make sure you store your pet stroller in a clean, dry place when not in use to prevent unnecessary wear an tear. A dog stroller will last for a long time when taken care of and serve you and your pet well.