Young puppies can make a lot of mess, but for cosmetic and health purposes it is necessary to keep puppy bedding clean. There are many types of bedding for puppies, and each type needs to be cleaned differently. Some dog breeders use pine or other wood shavings. Others use newspapers, towels or blankets. Regardless of the material, it is important to keep it clean.
Cleaning Towel, Newspaper, or Blanket Bedding
Take the puppies out of their bedding and put them in a basket or pen lined with old towels.
Remove all soiled newspapers and discard in the trash bag.
Remove any feces on them while wearing the latex gloves if you are using blankets or towels. Put the blankets or towels in the wash, and wash them with hot water and bleach.
Change the towels, blankets, or newspapers as directed above twice a day, unless they remain unsoiled.
Cleaning Wood Shaving or Shredded Paper Bedding
Place towels in the basket or pen that will hold the puppies while you clean the puppy bedding. Towels will reduce the mess if any of the puppies need to empty their bladders or bowels while out of their bedding.
Remove the puppies from their bedding and place them in the basket or pen for the duration of the cleaning.
While wearing the latex gloves, use the scoop to clean up any feces in the bedding. Remove dirtied or urine-soaked bedding as well as the feces itself.
Place all this in the trash bag. You may need to go through some of the bedding with your hands in order to find buried puppy waste.
Add more clean bedding if needed.
Place the puppies in another pen or basket, making sure it is lined with towels.
If the puppies' bedding is wood shavings or paper strips, dispose of this bedding completely. If you have been using towels or blankets, wash them.
Carefully pour the bleach into the bowl, taking care not to let any splash. Pour the warm water into the bowl as well. Mix the solution with a spoon.
Soak the sponge in the bleach solution and then squeeze most of the solution out. Begin cleaning the bedding area, concentrating on areas with feces or urine stains.
Clean every surface of the bedding area with the solution-soaked sponge, rinsing it out and using more solution as necessary. Don't leave any feces in the enclosure.
Open windows in order to ensure that there is enough ventilation to dry the bedding area. Plug in the fan and point it towards the bedding area on full power.
Once the bedding area is dry, remove the fan and replace the bedding. Put the puppies back into the bedding area.
It is a good idea to plan to clean the bedding shortly after the puppies feed.
Items You Will Need
- Old towels
- Basket or pen
- Latex gloves
- Small scoop
- Trash bag
- ¼ cup bleach
- Medium size bowl
- 2 ¼ cup warm water