How Do I Wash a Bed Used by a Sick Puppy?

by Michelle A. Rivera Google
    It's critical to destroy all the pathogens responsible for your puppy's illness.

    It's critical to destroy all the pathogens responsible for your puppy's illness.

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    Once Brutus recovers from what ailed him, take steps to wash the bed the puppy was using when he was sick. Standard disinfecting procedures will help to eradicate all the nasty little buggies hanging around.

    Wash bowls, towels and toys daily to avoid spreading germs. Spray hard surfaces in or around the bed with a sanitizing spray to keep germs at bay.

    Unzip and remove the cover. Rezip the cover and wash it in hot water with bleach, or distilled white vinegar, or soak it in a solution of peroxide, vinegar and water in a basin. Commercial products for disinfecting pet items are also available at pet stores and online.

    If the bed's made of hard materials like wood, metal, wicker or plastic, clean the surface with a bleach solution or a commercial disinfectant. If the inner cushion stuffing cannot be washed, place it in a hot dryer for 10 minutes, spray it with a sanitizing spray and allow it to dry before putting the freshly cleaned coverlet back on. For a bed made of foam, spray it with a disinfectant or hand-wash it in a bathtub, and allow it to sit in the hot sun for several hours until completely dry. Cedar chips must be replaced.

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    About the Author

    Michelle A. Rivera is the author of many books and articles. She attended the University of Missouri Animal Cruelty School and is certified with the Florida Animal Control Association. She is the executive director of her own nonprofit, Animals 101, Inc. Rivera is an animal-assisted therapist, humane educator, former shelter manager, rescue volunteer coordinator, dog trainer and veterinary technician.

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