1. A Clean Dog is Top Priority
Keeping your dog’s bed clean starts with your dog. If you’re not grooming your beloved pet daily or at least weekly, their bed is going to suffer the consequences.
Doggy Care = Dog Bed Care
Wash Your Dog Regularly
Keep your dog clean. This is a no-brainer. If you want to keep your pet’s bed spotless, your pup needs to be as squeaky clean for as long as possible. This process is easier said than done, especially when your pawed friend is the lively, outdoorsy type.
How often your pup needs a bath depends on its lifestyle, breed, and coat type. An active lifestyle, with plenty of mud dives and bush rolls, requires more washing than a standard monthly bath. But if your pup is no longer huggable, it probably needs a bath. Some days you can get away with wiping your dog with a damp cloth – just make sure it doesn’t encourage that dank doggy odour!
Some dogs, like basset hounds, have oily coats and need weekly baths. And other pups, like basenjis, rarely ever need washing as they are fastidious self-groomers, cat-like in their self-care. Read up on your pet’s dog breed to find out what their specific needs are before you jump into a rigorous cleaning routine.
Include Protection from Pests
Sticking to a routine is essential in keeping your pet and its dog bed free from goggas like ticks, fleas and mites. A protective product like Bravecto® can help keep your pet, their sleeping quarters and your home free from pesky critters. As Bravecto® works from the inside out, it is unaffected by bathing and shampooing too!
The active ingredient in Bravecto® starts to kill fleas within the first two hours and ticks within the first four hours. Within 12 hours, 100% of ticks and fleas that live on your pet are effectively killed, and the possibility of fleas multiplying is eradicated. Not only does this mean their dog beds will be cleaner than before, but it also eliminates the possibility of tapeworms infecting your dog (as the primary vector for tapeworm is the flea).
What’s even better, is that Bravecto® kills mites which can cause various forms of mange. Your pup will have a restful sleep, undeterred by itching, plus they won’t bring irksome insects into your home.
Unlike monthly products, Bravecto® is effective for at least 12 weeks! That means your pet only needs four doses a year – that is eight treatments less than the leading competitor.
You can either give your pet Bravecto®’s Spot-On for Dogs or the tasty Bravecto® Chew.
2. Placement of the Dog Bed
When it comes to the position of the pet bed, you have to think strategically. Where will your dog bring the least amount of dirt into its bed? Placing it directly next to the back door may seem like a good idea, as poochie won’t drag dirt through the whole house on his way to get some snooze time. But he also won’t have a way of walking it off, so he will shed all of the outdoor nasties on the bed.
If your doggy bed is outside, you need to consider its placement carefully. A raised, indestructible dog bed is ideal for outdoor weather. However, you must ensure that it is in a doggy house or in an area that is safe and sheltered from the elements – especially wind and rain.
Create a cosy nook they will want to sleep in. It may take some training, but your pups have to get used to sleeping on their own. Make sure they sleep by themselves as soon as possible. Positioning is also crucial because wherever you decide to put your dog’s bed, is what they’ll consider their bedroom. So, if the bed is in your living area, they may see other furniture in the vicinity as forming part of their realm of rest.
Place the pet bed in a naturally lit area where you can close the curtains at night, to keep them from waking up at sunrise. It should also be where they’ll feel safe – the nearer their family, the better. Ideally, your dog’s bed will be near your own or in the nearest room. In this way, they’ll be able to rest peacefully.
Where NOT to Place Your Pet’s Bed
- In an area where a breeze sweeps through
- An open-air area – without overhead protection
- Busy areas, like an entryway
- In front of a closet or where they’ll have to move often
3. Spick and Span Sleeping Nook
No dog bed can remain clean if the area surrounding it is filthy. Ensure that the floor is dust-free by giving it a good broom and mop session whenever you clean the rest of the house – possibly more often. Vacuum the mattress and bedding of your pet’s bed at least weekly. Also incorporate pet-safe disinfectant, specifically on the floors and in your soapy solution when washing the fabric of the bed itself.
If their beds are dirty, your pet is vulnerable to bacteria that can cause a range of common diseases. Throughout your pet’s day, they will come into contact with germs from other animals, and the general wild outdoors (backyard included). Microbes travel with your pooch, all the way to their bed – that’s why keeping your dog clean is a top priority.
Unbeknownst to most pet owners and their pawed friends, microorganisms can cause harm to canines, felines and humans. Humans, in particular, could catch any of the following common diseases from their pups or if they come into contact with a dirty dog bed:
Dogs don’t necessarily show any symptoms of infection. Diarrhoea is the one tell-tale sign that they may have Campylobacter. Whether young or old, people with a weakened immune system could be affected. Signs include stomach pain, fever, nausea and diarrhoea, and it could prove fatal if left untreated.
Swallowing a flea can lead to a tapeworm infestation. The chance of you accidentally ingesting a flea is slim, but young children are more at risk. Symptoms are not clear to distinguish but can include weight loss.
Infection occurs when people or animals come into contact with contaminated soil or materials. Someone infected with hookworm can sometimes see a squiggly line appear below their skin’s surface. Fortunately, hookworms can’t survive in the human body for longer than six weeks, but an infected dog can develop anaemia, and severe cases can be fatal.
Infection can cause damage to the eye as larvae move to the area. Severe infection can even cause blindness. Additional symptoms include fever, fatigue, coughing and abdominal cramps. Avoid contamination by washing your hands after coming into contact with dogs and soil.
The bacteria responsible for leptospirosis can survive for weeks, and at times, months in most parts of the world. Contamination can spread from pet to soil, bedding and other mammals (including people). Signs of infection include tiredness, nausea, fever, red eyes, a rash and diarrhoea. Some severe cases can lead to kidney failure, pneumonia, and even death.
Contaminated animals, soil, bedding and surfaces can lead to salmonellosis. Dogs are unlikely to be affected by the bacteria, but people can develop symptoms that include fever, loss of appetite, and abdominal cramps. Some cases may require hospitalisation.
The list of possible diseases continues, but they are preventable. All you need to curb the spread of infectious bacteria is a sound cleaning routine. Practice good hygiene for all family members, pups included, and all else will fall into place.
4. Spring Clean Dog Bedding
Lastly, and most importantly, is cleaning all of your pet’s bedding: pillows, bed mattress, bed cover and blankets. Wash the removable items, like blankets and covers, regularly – once a week is ideal. If the bed is full of mud and other natural elements within a day, consider adjusting your pet’s routine before they go to bed. This can be as simple as giving them a quick brush or wipe when they’re done playing. The alternative is washing the dog bed more than once a week.
Check the label of the pet bed for care instructions. Add a disinfectant, like bleach to the cleaning water or washer. If your pup has sensitive skin, use unscented detergent. Hopefully, the fabric can withstand high heat as scorching water will kill germs and parasites. Once you’re done washing, dry the bedding at as high a temperature as possible, replace the bedding and repeat the process every week.
Keep your home clean, and your whole family healthy with good hygienic practices. Bravecto® will do the rest and take care of the ticks, fleas and mites!