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Most people want their animal companions to live wonderful, joy-filled, healthy lives. To this end, we ensure they get lots of exercise, healthy food, and regular veterinary care. However, one thing that is frequently overlooked can be a dog’s bed. The American Kennel Club states that a dog’s bed can be one of the most germ-filled places in the house.
This is because, without frequent washings, dog beds can accumulate potentially harmful or allergy-triggering substances. These include dirt, pollen, and pet hair. A pup’s beloved bed may even harbor organisms that can cause disease in both dogs and humans. Regularly washing a dog’s bed can help remove these dangerous organisms and can protect the dog and humans in the house.
Experts advise washing dog bedding at least every two weeks to prevent the buildup of germs. Doing so provides your pup with a clean, comfy, and safe environment in which to snooze.
Before washing, use a lint roller or tape to remove excess hair. This can prevent damage to washing machines and ensure a more thorough cleaning. When washing dog’s bedding use hypoallergenic detergent and hot water. Just like humans, dogs can experience allergic reactions to fragrances and dyes in some detergents. Washing in hot water with detergent removes dirt and kills organisms without triggering allergies for both dogs and humans. Additionally, having two covers for a dog’s bed can make it easier to ensure there is always a clean one available and prevent disruption to a dog’s schedule. Or, cover the bed with a blanket while the cover is being washed.
Other steps that can be taken to ensure dog beds stay clean include vacuuming them between washes. Vacuuming removes excess dirt and hair. Cleaning a dog’s paws after they go outside can also prevent them from tracking harmful substances into their bed.
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