The calendar says it's Spring, and one day, sooner or later, the breezes will be warm, the days bright and it will be time for Spring cleaning. It is a good time for spring cleaning for your pet as well. Your DogWhile you're changing from winter coat to spring jacket, your dog's coat is changing. Brushing your dog's coat regularly is helpful in avoiding skin problems. Breeds with long coats or double coats require even more frequent brushing. As your dog spends more time outdoors, he will require bathing. Use warm water to thoroughly soak the dog; then use baby shampoo to spread suds over the entire body. Don't neglect his ears, nose, feet and mouth. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to leave no soap. Bathing more than once a week is generally not healthy for his skin, and longer haired dogs require more frequent bathing than short hairs.Over the winter you dog's nails may have grown and this is a good time to trim them to avoid pain as he walks more outdoors. Avoid cutting the nails too short as they have a rich blood supply. If you're unsure about this have a professional do it.\nDoggie dental hygiene is often neglected. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society 80% of dogs have signs of oral problems by age 3. Plaque build up can cause serious health problems. Brushing your dog's teeth with canine toothpaste can keep their teeth and gums healthy.\nHis Living Area and BelongingsWhile you're at spring cleaning - don't forget the doggie blanket, and the dog bed. Freshen them both up by washing them, and while you're at it, give his doggie toys a good cleaning (and rinsing) with soap and water. Put his water and food dish in the dishwasher and his stuffed toys in the washing machine. Look for any broken toys that might have small pieces or sharp edges. Use a mild disinfectant to wash crates and carriers. The Great OutdoorsIf your dog has a play area that has become more dirt than grass add some sod. Not only will it cut down on dirt tracked in but it will help your dog stay healthy. Check your yard for hazards, poisons left about, fertilizers, insecticides, bait traps for rodents,. Check your yard for plants known to be toxic to dogs. The ASPCA has a complete list.