Could your dog be allergic to their bed?
Is your dog’s itchy skin irritated by its’ bed? If so, sometimes the filling of your dogs’ bed is possibly the reason, and over a time period, there can be an increase in house dust mites or even fleas.
Dog beds are usually filled with synthetic or latex memory foam and even though both are resistant to the growth of dust mites and molds but are not 100% and they can still have their problems when it comes to your dog’s itchy skin.
Like us, dogs shed skin all day every day, and so the constant accumulation of pet skin cells and under the fabric covering allows the growth of house dust mites.
The outer fabric cover should also be considered, because the manufacturing process of synthetic fabrics, requires certain chemicals and processes that can also irritate your dog’s skin. Some flame retardants are known to be allergenic and some fabrics also allow the accumulation of dust mites, mold, mildew and bacteria that can aggravate skin sensitivities.
Fabrics made of 100 percent cotton, hemp or tightly woven microfiber fabric however, are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, especially with Hemp, because it is a is naturally grown crop that is never sprayed with chemicals or pesticides and is particularly resistant to mildew.
When choosing the mattress, a denser foam such as memory foam is a good way to go as it is less likely to accommodate house dust mites.
If your dog has itchy or sensitive skin, you should try to wash the outer cover and any blankets or sheets at least once a week, to keep the mites from accumulating, some beds even have inserts that are machine washable! Remember to make sure the fabric is completely dry before use.
Another good idea is to replace your dogs bed each year to give them the best chance possible to rid them of these parasites, and ultimately have a good healthy itch free life. There are many ways you can help your dog’s itchy skin, and this is most definitely a good place to start!
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