Caring for Your Dog’s Toys

Has your dog’s favorite plaything begun to resemble an old towel? Is your pet constantly running up to you holding a toy and hoping you’ll play with him? Doggy toys are actually very important to your pet’s health and well-being. They keep Fido occupied, help him burn off excess energy, promote healthy activities, and give him an outlet for any frustration he feels. Plus, they’re just plain fun! However, Fido’s playthings can certainly take a beating. Here, a Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses caring for your dog’s toys.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals are often safe to put into the washing machine. Just be sure to use the hottest cycle you have, so they get disinfected. We also recommend using unscented detergent. If your pet’s favorite toy is worn out, you’re probably better off to just discretely toss and replace it. Before giving your pooch a stuffed animal, remove any small pieces, like buttons or plastic eyes, as well as squeakers. These can be choking hazards.

Rope Toys

Rope toys get icky very fast, so they should be cleaned frequently. Luckily, cleaning rope toys is a snap! Remove any metal parts, and then thoroughly soak the toy with water. Then, just pop it in the microwave on high for about a minute. Don’t give it back to Fido until it’s completely cool and dry.

Tennis Balls

Did you know that tennis balls can be cleaned in washing machines? Use unscented detergent and a gentle cycle. Let it air dry, and then take Fido out to the yard for a fun round of Fetch.

Chew Toys

Some toys, like chew toys, really can’t be washed. However, you can still kill germs on these toys. Put your pet’s plaything in a sealed plastic freezer bag, and then put it in the freezer for a few days.


Your canine pal’s plastic and rubber playthings can be cleaned in the dishwasher. You’ll want to rinse them off thoroughly first. If you’re washing a toy you put food or treats in, such as a Kong toy, use an old toothbrush to remove any gunk. Then, put it in the dishwasher on the hot cycle. You don’t need soap: the hot water and steam will clean and disinfect the toy.

Does your furry buddy need vaccines, parasite control, or an exam? Contact us, your local Colorado Springs, CO pet hospital, today!