Caring For Fido’s Toys

Does your dog get super excited at the very thought of playing? Man’s Best Friend is super cute when he’s feeling frisky. Making sure your pet has lots of toys is very important. Of course, Fido’s playthings get dirty pretty quickly. After all, our canine pals use their mouths to play. Before long, your pet’s favorite toys will get smelly, and start gathering germs. Read on as a local Green Bay, WI vet offers some tips on caring for your furry buddy’s playthings.

Stuffed Animals

Some dogs destroy stuffed animals faster than you can replace them. Before you decide to clean that cute stuffed bear, make sure it’s worth saving. If your furry pal’s plaything is basically a few crusty scraps of cloth, it’s best to just toss it and replace it. Most stuffed animals can go into the washing machine. Use unscented soap and the hot cycle, and then tumble dry. Before giving it back to your playful pet, remove any small parts he may choke on, like plastic eyes or buttons, and repair small rips.

Plastic/Rubber Toys

Most plastic and rubber items can go right into the dishwasher. You’ll need to rinse it first. If the toy has gunk encrusted on it, use an old toothbrush to remove the crud. Then, put it in the dishwasher on the hot cycle. You don’t need soap: the steam and hot water will effectively clean and disinfect the toys.

Rope Toys

Is Tug-O-War your pet’s favorite game? Cleaning Fido’s rope toys is actually quite easy. Remove the metal pieces, and then just put it in the microwave for a minute. Make sure it’s cool and dry before letting your four-legged pal have it back.

Tennis Balls

Tennis balls can also go into the washing machine. Use hot water, and hang the ball to dry. Make sure it doesn’t have any rips. If it does, discretely replace the ball. Torn tennis balls can be quite dangerous, as Fido could swallow the pieces and choke.


Anything other toys, such as chew sticks, can be rinsed thoroughly, put in a plastic bag, and then put in the freezer for a few days. Fido’s playthings may not look much better after, but they will at least be germ-free.

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