Vet bed care instructions – top tips for washing pet bedding

November 30, 2023

Here at Nurture we always make sure we are adhering to the vet bed care instructions and our nurses are always vet bed washing! We like our patients to be as happy as possible whilst with us, and we love a ‘fresh bedding’ day – so why wouldn’t they?

Our nurturing team want owners to understand that a good wash of your pet’s bedding a few times a year can help your pets stay fresh and healthy. Dirt, dust, and hair can make pet beds smelly and unhygienic so here are our 5 top tips for washing pet bedding.

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Hoover before washing

If you’ve ever put a pet bed through the wash without hoovering it first, you may have ended up with a washing machine full of pet hair. Always hoover first and even consider using a lint brush for the fine or embedded hairs.

Remove padding if possible

How many of us have bought a pet bed that looks great without thinking about whether it can be easily washed?! Most beds come with removable padding or stuffing so take this out before washing. If there’s no way the padding’s coming out, you’ll have to wash the whole thing. But beware that wet foam or padding can retain a lot of water!

Use non-biological detergent

Our pets can have sensitive skin so a non-biological detergent is advised by our team as it’s likely to avoid causing them any irritation. If you know your pet is prone to skin complaints, it’s worth chatting to Nurture about the best pet bed washing products for sensitive pet skin.

Use a hot setting where possible

If the aim of washing your pet bedding is to get it smelling and feeling fresh then hot water will usually help. It is worth seeing if there are any washing instructions first to avoid shrinking. Where possible, always adhere to the care instructions for your pet’s bedding.

Air dry outside if you can

Finally, if you’ve got as far as drying your pet bed – well done! Air drying outside will help it to smell fresh and new but remember foam or stuffing can stay wet for quite some time so be sure that your pet’s bed is dry right through.

If you have questions on our vet bed washing routine, or on how you can help keep your pet’s bedding at home clean to improve their general wellbeing, contact us today. The Nurture vet nurses at our Wells (previously Westfield Vets) or Weston-super-Mare (previously Summer Lane Vets) clinics will be happy to help.


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