Caring for Fido’s Toys

Does your dog love to play? Our canine buddies look adorable when run around holding their favorite playthings. However, while it’s really cute to see Fido bring you his favorite toy, the toys themselves often don’t stay cute for long. After all, dogs carry and play with their toys using their mouths. It doesn’t take much time for toys to be relegated into germ-ridden, crusty bits of fabric. Read on as a North Phoenix, AZ vet offers some helpful tips on caring for your pet’s playthings.

Rope Toys

Tug-o-War is one of Fido’s favorite games! To clean your canine friend’s rope toys, just soak it in water, and then microwave it on high for a minute. Be sure to remove any metal parts first! Make sure it’s dry and cool before you give it back to your furry pal.

Stuffed Animals

Many stuffed animals are machine-washable, though you’ll want to check the labels for specific care instructions to be sure. Use hypo-allergenic detergent, and don’t add too much. To dry, tumble dry on low, or hang it somewhere Fido won’t see it.

Rubber Toys

Rubber toys, such as Kong toys, can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Use a toothbrush to remove any crusted-on gunk first. Then, wash it on the hot cycle. Don’t add any soap: the steam and water will do the trick.

Tennis Balls

Does your four-legged friend love to run after tennis balls? Fido’s tennis balls can also go into the washing machine. Use a low cycle, and a tiny bit of hypoallergenic soap. Hang dry.

Other Options

Toys that can’t be machine -washed, such as chew toys, can be frozen. Seal them in a plastic bag, and keep them in the freezer for a few days. This won’t make your canine pal’s playthings much cleaner, but it will at least kill germs.


Inspect your canine pal’s playthings regularly. Small rips or tears can be sewn up. You’ll also want to remove small pieces, like button eyes, as these can be choking hazards. However, when your pup’s playthings start to look old or worn out, throw them away and replace them. (Needless to say, you’ll want to do this when Fido is napping or out in the yard.)

Please reach out to us, your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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