Nothing lasts forever. Not even your furry friend’s favorite snuggle spot. Just like with your own mattress, your dog’s bed will need to be replaced sooner or later. So, how long does a dog bed last, exactly? And how do you know it’s time to get a new one? Read on to find out.
How long does a dog bed last?
The lifespan of your dog bed can vary depending on several factors, such as its type and quality as well as your dog’s breed, size, and habits.
A cheap dog bed will get worn out pretty quickly—but even a high-quality dog bed will probably hold its shape for at most two years. Most regular dog beds filled with memory foam or fiber should be replaced after a year or less.
It makes sense if you think about it because dogs aren’t particularly careful with their possessions. If they like their bed (hopefully they do), then they’ll spend a lot of time on it—so the eventual wear and tear is expected.
Additionally, if your dog likes to paw at their bed or chew on it—or if he’s often muddy or has accidents (for example, if your dog is older or is sick a lot)—then the bed might need to be replaced sooner.
Likewise, larger dogs require more support than smaller dogs, so their beds will likely get worn out sooner as well.
When to replace a dog bed
So now that you have the general guidelines, how do you know exactly when to replace a dog bed? Here are some signs to look out for:
If your dog bed has an odor that won’t go away even after washing—and the odor hits your nose as soon as you enter the room—then it’s clearly time to get a new one.
Rips and tears
If your dog bed is ripped and the filling is exposed (which is more likely to happen if your fur baby is a chewer), then replace it as soon as possible. Aside from the fact that it might be less comfortable to sleep on, you don’t want your dog to chew—or worse, swallow—the filling and suffer the ensuing gastrointestinal consequences.
Just like rips, broken parts can be a health hazard. If the idea of your fluffy friend chewing on a broken zipper or another dangling part of the bed concerns you, then get a replacement as soon as you can.
If your dog bed becomes infested with fleas or other insects, then replace it immediately. Even if you treat your dog for parasites, you should still get rid of the bed as soon as you can.
The dog bed is misshapen
If your dog bed simply looks worn out and flattened (maybe your pet has even stopped using it), then it likely doesn’t provide enough support for your dog anymore.
The dog has outgrown the bed
A grown dog won’t feel comfortable on the same bed she slept in when she was a puppy. If she starts looking too big for her bed, then it’s time to get a new one.
The dog’s needs have changed
Sometimes the bed is fine but your dog’s needs have changed due to an injury or age. If the bed doesn’t fulfill her needs anymore and she’s clearly not comfortable there, then it’s time to get a new bed.
How to extend the life of a dog bed
While it’s true that nothing lasts forever, there are easy steps you can take toward extending the lifespan of your dog bed.
Invest in a high-quality dog bed
Buy the highest quality dog bed you can afford. Although it might be tempting to get a cheaper one (Rocky will love you anyway!), remember that by spending more now you’ll not only be investing in your pet’s well-being but also saving money in the long run since cheaper beds don’t last that long.
Clean the dog bed regularly
Wash your dog’s bed regularly (approximately every two weeks) with a nontoxic detergent. In between washes, keep it clean by vacuuming it regularly to get rid of hair and debris, spot-treating it as soon as you notice stains, and cleaning your dog’s paws after a walk.
Train your dog not to chew
Chewing on the bed will significantly shorten its lifespan—so if your dog’s a chewer, then consider training him not to chew. Remember that chewing is usually a symptom of another underlying problem (it could be the lack of proper toys, boredom, or separation anxiety), but if you determine what the problem is (perhaps with the help of a certified dog trainer), then it’s possible to train him out of this habit.
Have multiple dog beds available for your pet
Having more than one dog bed on rotation—for example, when one is in the wash—will naturally help extend the lifespan of each of them.
Choose a high-quality dog bed for your furry friend
Does my dog need a new bed?
If your dog’s bed is visibly out of shape, has rips or tears, or if your pet has stopped using it because it doesn’t support his needs anymore, then it’s time to get a new dog bed. Even if none of these apply, a good-quality dog bed should be replaced every two years.
How often should you change pet bedding?
You should replace your dog’s bed every two years at most. Cheaper dog beds will generally last a year or less. The lifespan of your dog’s bed will also be shorter if your dog chews on it or has a lot of accidents.
Should I use an old dog bed for a new dog?
Theoretically, if your old dog bed is clean and in good shape, then you can use it for your new dog. Keep in mind, though, that dogs are very sensitive to smell and some might decide to urine mark their new bed especially if they sense the smell of the previous owner.
How do you refresh a dog bed?
You should wash your dog’s bed regularly, once every couple of weeks or so. Put it in the washing machine or handwash (depending on the manufacturer’s instructions) using a non-toxic detergent. Vacuum between washes and spot treat as soon as you see stains.
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