Tips for Washing Doggy Beds and Bowls

Our furry friends are often not the cleanest creatures. Their beds can be breeding sites for bacteria, intestinal parasites, fleas, and mites. Also, pet bowls and feeding containers are amongst the top four germ collectors in the house, often harboring salmonella, E. coli, staph, yeast, mold, and giardia. Therefore, it is vital that dog parents and doggy day care professionals team up to keep pet essentials clean and safe. Read on to learn more.

Sanitary Safety Tips from Doggy Day Care Experts

Dog parents and caregivers should wash the bowl and rubber mat, if they use one, daily. They should ensure the water is as hot as possible and soapy. Afterward, they should use a disinfectant wipe to disinfect the sink and feeding apparatus. Then make sure to air dry the bowls to avoid cross-contamination. Dog experts recommend stainless steel or ceramic bowls. Plastic bowls can harbor bacteria and pathogens in small cracks.

In addition, sanitize the bowl with a solution of a quarter cup of bleach to one gallon of water. After that, soak the bowl for up to 10 minutes or wash in the dishwasher on the highest setting. If you serve raw foods, you should sanitize cutting boards, utensils, and countertops daily. Dog parents also need to wash their hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds before interacting with their furry friends.

Dog experts recommend washing the dog bed and beddings every week. However, if you notice your dog with visible dirt, odor, or excessive shedding, clean the beddings immediately. It is also important to invest in machine-washable pet beddings and check the label for machine washing and drying instructions to avoid destroying the fabric.

Finally, use the hottest temperatures available to ensure all parasites are eliminated. If the beddings are not machine-wash friendly, consider hand-washing it with hot water. Also, consider using pet-safe detergents to preserve the health of your four-legged friends.

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