Not that you’d want to do this, but have you ever gotten a whiff of your dog’s favorite plaything? There are a few terms in the English language that could define the aroma, but we’re going to settle with simply two words, “It stinks.” To high heaven. Where no smell has ever gone. A nose-curling stench that only a grave-robber would love.
Some people take the most obvious road. They gather all of the playthings together and throw them on a convenient bonfire.
That’s not nice. Mutts need their possessions. Aside from being a substitute for chewing-up your favorite chair, it helps them fend-off natural anxiousness and the monotony of everyday life. But unless you keep them from turning into small objects of disease, it could not only make the pup sick, it may give you a bug unless you use tongs when you’re playing fetch.
Best advice: Try to train them to keep all of their stuff in one place. If that won’t work, it’s your job to collect them so they can keep each other company. And why would you do this? So you can periodically take a look at them to see that they are not evolving into some alien slime creature.
It happens. Occasionally your pet will rip-off a chunk of the plaything and swallow it. The incredible shrinking toy. Once the thing has gotten so small it can be swallowed whole, it’s time to pitch it. Same for a stuffed teddy bear or the like that have had the stuffing pulled out of them. Again, that’s why you want to keep their prizes in one place. It’s just easier to inspect them for wear-and-tear. One other matter, if you come across a situation that even after a thorough washing the item continue to reek, out she goes.
After the old has been destroyed – road trip. Take your best friend to a big box pet store and replace what’s gone with new items of fun.
They are not “toys o’ steel.” They’re just a little more of a challenge. Talking about rubber or nylon playthings. Usually an old toothbrush will work just dandy with some detergent and hot water. When you’re buying such objects of love, check the label. They actually may be dishwasher safe. You may not want to include your daily plates, but you can give them a rinse with their dog bowls. No detergent is required. To be safe, put ‘em on the top shelf of the machine.
We’re not speaking about things that have cotton or fabric filling them. By stuffed we mean toys that you stick a treat inside and laugh at the animal while they get frustrated trying to get to the meat of the matter.
After the poor soul has extracted the food inside, you need to wash them immediately. Little bits of food will probably remain inside. And those particulates migrate into sickening bacteria. This could be a job for the mighty and majestic dishwasher. Read the label to see if they’re safe for the device. If not, back to the old toothbrush, dishwashing soap and hot water.
Now we’re talking about the ones made of fabric and crammed with some non-toxic filler material. Very easy solution here. The washing machine. Make sure there’s no rubber or other contents attached to the toy that could melt. Squeakers? Your call. You might be able to even give them a shot in the dryer. Go “Gentle” on all settings. However, in the washer, crank-up the heat as high as you can.
Final point: Don’t go spraying some fancy French perfume on the plaything. It may work on the gigolos in Europe, but your dog has more class than that.