Does your canine buddy have a box full of playthings? If so, that’s great! Toys are very important for your pup’s health and well-being. They keep him active and entertained, and they’re also great for getting that cute tail going. Of course, given that Fido uses his mouth to play, it’s only to be expected that his toys can get, well, pretty yucky. A Lewisville, TX vet offers some tips on cleaning your furry buddy’s playthings below.
Many dogs love stuffed animals. It’s worth pointing out that these can be a safety concern for some of our four-legged friends. FIdo could choke or develop an intestinal blockage if he were to eat the squeaker or stuffing. Things like button ‘eyes’ and other small parts can also be choking hazards. Fortunately, many stuffed animals that were made specifically as dog toys don’t have these. However, if you give your pooch a stuffed animal that does have them, it’s best to remove these before giving them to your canine pal.
As far as cleaning goes, most stuffed animals are machine washable. Follow instruction labels, or just wash in warm or hot water with a mild, hypoallergenic soap. Tumble dry on low or hang dry. Just make sure the toy is worth saving. If it’s been reduced to a few stiff pieces of material, it’s probably better to just replace it. (Needless to say, you want to do this when Fido is either asleep or outdoors.)
Many rubber and plastic toys can be washed in the dishwasher. You can also hand wash them, using hot water and a mild, hypo-allergenic soap. Use an old toothbrush to remove any grime first. If you use the dishwasher, you don’t need to add soap at all. Steam and hot water will do the job.
Rope toys are also easy. First, remove any metal pieces. Then, soak it with water and pop it into the microwave for one minute. Let it cool before starting the next round of Tug-O-War with your furry best friend.
Tennis balls that are ripped or extremely soiled should probably just be thrown out. Ones that just need a bit of a freshening up can usually go into the washing machine on low. Hang dry.
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