Ways to Keep Your Pet’s Bedding Safe
Wash dog bedding regularly. When buying a bed for your dog, pay close attention to the washing instructions. If the bedding can be machine washed in hot water and dried on a high setting, you’ve got a winner. “High heat is the only way to kill parasites, their larvae and bacteria,” says Morris, who recommends washing your dog’s bedding weekly.
Keep your dog clean and well groomed. “Adequate brushing can often decrease the need for bathing,” says veterinary dermatologist Staci Wiemelt, VMD. “The average dog that isn’t out having fun in the mud and doesn’t have any skin conditions can safely be bathed every three months.”
If your best friend loves getting dirty and needs to be bathed more often, try a mild vet-approved dog shampoo or use plain, lukewarm water. Between shampoos, you may want to use vet-approved wet wipes to clean your dog’s paws before he enters the house.
Use prescription flea and tick medication. Don’t forget to keep giving flea and tick medication year-round to avoid the presence of these nasty parasites in your home. Work with your veterinarian to find the best option for your dog.