Caring for Your Dog’s Toys

Does your canine pal sometimes run up to you holding his favorite doggy toy when he wants to play? This super cute request for playtime is hard to resist! Actually, playing is great for your pup, both mentally and physically. Making sure Fido has lots of toys is very important. However, dogs aren’t really known for taking care of their belongings, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the contents of your pet’s toy box. Read on as a Cameron Park, CA vet offers some helpful tips on caring for your furry friend’s things.

Stuffed Animals

Fido can be absolutely adorable when he is playing with a stuffed animal. Most stuffed animals are machine-washable. You’ll want to inspect your pet’s plaything first. If it’s seriously ripped or torn—or has been reduced to a few scraps of material—discretely toss it and replace it. Otherwise, sew up any holes, and remove batteries, ribbons, and small parts, like buttons or plastic eyes. These can be quite hazardous! Wash it on hot, using unscented detergent. Tumble dry on low.

Tennis Balls

Tennis balls can also go into the washing machine. Use a gentle cycle, and hang dry. As with stuffed animals, it’s best to toss and replace damaged ones.

Chew Sticks

What about toys that can’t really be washed, such as chews and bully sticks? Rinse your canine buddy’s plaything with water, put it in a plastic baggy, and freeze it. Leave it in the freezer for about a day. It may not look much better afterwards, but at least it will be germ-free.

Rubber Toys

Many rubber and plastic toys, such as Kong toys, are dishwasher safe. You’ll need to rinse it first. We also recommend using a toothbrush to remove any buildup or grime. Then, put it in the dishwasher, using the hottest cycle. You don’t need to add soap: the hot water and steam will clean and disinfect your pup’s toys.

Rope Toys

Man’s Best Friend loves playing Tug O War! Doggy rope toys are actually easy to clean. Remove any metal bits, and soak it in water. Then, put it in the microwave for about a minute. Wait until it’s cool and dry before you give it back to Fido.

As your Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, we’re here to help with all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. Call us anytime!

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