Pet Baskets and hygiene
Besides being a magnet for collecting fur, dirt, and grime, bedding can also harbor flea eggs and larvae, ticks, and other skin parasites, says Dr. Heide Meier, medical director of the Truesdell Animal Care Hospital and Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin.
Clean bedding helps keep pet dander and hair in the environment to a minimum, explains Poulsen. This task is especially essential if you or someone in your household suffer with asthma or allergies. “If your pet has lice, mites, or fleas, washing bedding is very important for getting rid of parasitic eggs and flea dirt,” he says.
Vacuuming is fine for in-between cleanings, but to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, dog bedding need to be thoroughly cleaned. “Bedding should be washed with a mild fragrance- and dye-free detergent, weekly or when it becomes dirty, recommends Meier.” She says cat bedding can be washed less frequently, but that fur should be removed weekly with a brush or tape roller.