Scary Bacteria Living in Your Dog's Bed

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Your dog's bed hides thousands of microorganisms such as parasites, virus, bacteria, bugs and fungi. Same way we care about washing and changing our bed's sheets often, we should take care of the dog's bed.

When they go for a walk, dogs love to explore every corner, play with other dogs, with sticks, they play on the mud... It's good that they have fun, but that also means that when they come back home, they probably carry lots of parasites like fleas or mites that end up in their bed. And these can transmit diseases!

1. External parasites

Your dog might get fleas from another dog, or in the street, and bring them home. One of fleas' favorite place to hide is your dog's bed. Careful! Because they can infest your house. Keep your dogs deworming and flea treatment up to date, and if he is itchy or scratching more than usual, take him to the vet.

2. Ringworm

Ringworm is an infection produced by a special type of fungi. This fungi infests your dog's skin, hair and paws. Some symptoms are redness, itching, hair loss and wounds.

Ringworm spores can live for up to 2 years in our dog's bed (and our home). They can infect our dog but also whoever lives in the same house (human or pet).

3. Roundworms and hookworms

These parasites live in our dog's digestive tract. Dogs can be infected by eating infected feces or any infected animal, such as mouses or birds.

If your dog is infected, his bed will be too.

4. Salmonella and listeria

Your dog might have these bacteria in his bowels and not showing symptoms. However, you might be at risk.

To avoid it, it is very important to wash his bed, wash you hands and handle his food adequately.

How To Keep Your Dog Protected From Parasites

1. Keep his bed clean

When buying a dog's bed, check the label to be sure you can wash it in the washing machine and even dry it in the dryer. These two things will make your life much more easier, since high temperatures are your best allies to kill parasites, bacteria and fungi.

Before put the bed in the washing machine, clean the hair and dirt with a vacuum cleaner.

Choosing the right detergent is also important, as some can be toxic for your dog. Avoid detergents with ammonia or bleach. And don't use softener.

2. Take you dog's higiene seriously

It is as simple as cleaning his paws with a towel when you get home. Grooming your dog at least once a week, or when you come back from your walk if necessary, is also very helpful.

3. Take good care of his health

Remember to deworm your dog and give him flea treatment. And if any doubt, ask your vet!