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How To Clean Your Dogs Bed

The dirty dog bed is a source of dangerous pathogens for the dog, but also for the rest of the human family. Our furry life companions walk through the park, frolic in the mud, when not in even less hygienic substances, and sniff all kinds of objects, animals, and areas that capture their interest.

After walking with the dog, it is important to clean their legs and remove any type of substance that may have adhered to their fur.

For this, brushing your dog is also an ally. And, of course, the bathrooms will be necessary for emergency situations.

The risk of getting diseases, however, does not end here. The humans share about 100 complaints with our dogs and cats. These figures require extreme precautions and cleanliness, also in the bed of our furry life partners. But how do you clean the dog’s bed?

Here are some simple tricks to get it:

Choose Well

The hygiene of the dog bed is one of the first aspects that we must take into account before buying the rest area of our dog. Beds for dogs are of many types, you can choose an unrippable dog bed. But not all beds are equally easy to clean.

The first step is to check the product labels and verify that the washing method proposed by the manufacturer is easy and feasible to do at home. It is usual to get carried away by a beautiful model, but will it be just as attractive when the puppy dog urinates on and we do not know how to wash it?

The simplest advice is to choose a dog bed that can be put into the washing machine with ease. And, can even allow being introduced in the dryer.

Vacuum Cleaner

The first step to clean the dog’s bed is to vacuum the mat. This simple gesture will eliminate much of the hair and canine hairs that have been embedded.

The vacuum cleaner will also protect the washing machine where we will clean the mattress, it will prevent possible jams in the mechanism.

A simple roll of adhesive paper helps to remove more of the dog’s hair. We can also use it between washing and washing, to keep the bed as clean as possible.

Cleaning Time

The dog bed accumulates everything that the dog brings with him after walks in the park dirt, mud, and insects, such as fleas and ticks. Cleaning the resting area of the dog regularly is the easiest way to protect your furry friend (and the rest of the house) from an infection.

The dog’s bed must go through the washing machine at least once a month. The chosen program must use hot water, in this way, we will eliminate the dirt better.

Before the washing machine, we can put the dog’s bed to soak in hot soapy water, in a tub or in the bathtub, if it is very large. This simple bathroom will help remove more dirt.

Dry Well

If we have a dryer at home, we can put the dog’s mat. Before venturing, however, you have to carefully read the product label, to make sure that the mat will not be damaged.

Otherwise, you will have to dry it on the clothesline and then check that you have lost all the moisture before putting it back at home.

Dog-Friendly Detergent

The dogs also suffer from allergies. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the detergent we use to wash the dog’s bed does not harm their skin and fur.

An important recommendation is to avoid products with ammonia to clean the dog’s bed, canine urine contains ammonium and, therefore, products with ammonia can encourage the dog to relieve itself on his bed.

Also, if your furry companion is one of those who nibble on your bed, it will be necessary to use a detergent without harmful substances that they can ingest.

Your veterinarian will be, in this case, an ally to choose the best product.

Bad Eating Habits Of Dogs

You have just taken your daily walk with your dog and while you have just finished praising his behavior to your neighbor, he starts eating from the litter box. What does he take? Coprophagia (a technical term for the act of eating dirty) is unpleasant but is not an unusual behavior in dogs.

The good news is that in general, this is not dangerous for your dog. The bad, you already know it, is that it is disgusting, dirty and that it gives your dog the worst breath imaginable. There is also the risk that your dog catches parasites if it eats the stools of other animals.

Curiosity

No one is really sure of the reasons for this behavior, but several are possible. It may just be that they like it. Dogs communicate with the world by their mouths. They like to wear sticks and they love to chew toys or bones.

Dogs also love things that smell strong and the excrement obviously falls into this category. Strange as it may seem, your dog is probably eating dejections to look at something that interests him.

Disrupted Puppies

It sometimes happens that puppies eat their own feces when they learn to clean. This happens because they are not yet sure where they can defecate or not. Afraid of having done something stupid, the puppies will “destroy all evidence”.

This kind of behavior can also happen with adult dogs that remain locked inside. The dogs often eat the stools of their puppies by cleaning them at their youngest age. This is perhaps a basic instinct.

In the wild, eating the droppings of her cubs would have served to lessen the attention of a possible predator on its scope.

Eating Disorders

One of the most common theories about this behavior is to think that dogs compensate for certain nutritional deficiencies in their diet. Herbivorous feces may contain vitamins that do not fit into your dog’s usual diet.

Cat food is rich in protein. So cat litter can attract your dog. You must imperatively and quickly discourage this behavior because cat litter can be toxic to your dog.

Prevention

To solve this problem, the best thing is to simply pick up your dog’s stool and manageĀ a right garbage disposal after he has made his needs. Some suggest sprinkling pepper, Tabasco or paraffin on stools to give them a “bad taste”. There are also additives for your dog’s food that taste good when ingested but that become bitter when digested so that the feces become inedible.

Unfortunately, these methods are not effective for all dogs. Generally, to manage coprophagy, the best solution is to be gentle but firm in discouraging this behavior. Be above all constant in your discipline.

Do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian who will detect any additional nutritional needs of your dog.