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Caring for Your Dog’s Toys

Does your canine buddy love to play? Fido is super cute when he is chasing after his favorite ball, or playing tug-o-war with a rope toy! Making sure your pooch has lots of safe, suitable toys is very important! After all, playing is crucial to your pup’s health and well-being. Plus, it’s a great way to keep that tail wagging! However, dog toys can get quite dirty, and can quickly turn into little germ factories. Here, a Greensboro, NC vet discusses caring for your furry friend’s toys.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals can be a bit tricky. Because dogs like to carry them around, they often get thin and, well, pretty crusty, in fairly short order. Many stuffed animals can be washed in the washer, using a hot cycle and unscented detergent. However, before you attempt to clean your canine friend’s favorite teddy bear, take a good look at it, and see if it is ripped or worn. If it is, you’ll need to either sew it together, or toss it and replace it. (Note: we strongly suggest doing this when Fido is either sleeping or outdoors.) We also recommend removing any small parts, like plastic eyes.

Rubber Toys

Many rubber toys, such as Kong toys, are actually dishwasher safe. Just use a toothbrush to remove any grime, and then pop it in the dishwasher. Use the hot cycle, with no soap. The steam and hot water will clean and disinfect your furry pal’s toy.

Tennis Balls

Tennis balls can go into the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Use a hypoallergenic soap, and put it in a safe place to dry.

Rope Toys

Rope toys are actually quite easy to clean. Start by removing any metal parts and then thoroughly soaking the toy in water. Then, just microwave it on high for about a minute. Make sure it’s cool and dry before you give it back to Fido!

Chew Toys

Certain types of chew toys, such as rawhide chews, are difficult to wash. What you can do with these is rinse them, put them in a sealed plastic bag, and freeze them for a few days. This will at kill any germs. (Note: ask your vet for advice on choosing suitable chew toys for your pup.)

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