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Q&A series: I have a big dog, so what do you think is the best way to shop for a new dog bed and what are the top two ways to clean a dirty dog bed?

When shopping for a new dog bed for a big dog, here are a few things to consider:

  1. Size: Make sure to choose a bed that is large enough for your dog to comfortably stretch out in. A good rule of thumb is to choose a bed that is at least as long as your dog is from nose to tail.
  2. Durability: Look for a bed that is made from sturdy, durable materials that can withstand your dog’s weight and movement.
  3. Orthopedic support: Consider an orthopedic bed for your big dog, as it can provide extra support for their joints and help prevent arthritis and hip dysplasia.
  4. Easy to clean: It’s important to choose a bed that is easy to clean, especially if your dog is prone to shedding or accidents.

When it comes to cleaning a dirty dog bed, here are the top two ways:

  1. Machine washable: If the bed is machine washable, you can remove the cover and wash it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Air dry or dry on low heat.
  2. Hand-washing: If the bed is not machine-washable, you can use a mild detergent and warm water to clean it by hand. Be sure to rinse the bed thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Air dry or dry on low heat.

It’s worth mentioning that it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning the bed as some materials or fillings may not be suitable for machine washing or certain detergents.

Additionally, you can use a pet-safe cleaning solution and a damp cloth to spot clean the bed regularly in-between washings to keep it fresh and hygienic for your furry friend.

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