May 21, 2019 4 min read

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Washing your sheets and bedding consistently can aid to your overall well-being. The Good Housekeeping Institute says you should wash your sheets -- and other bedding -- at least once every two weeks. That being said, everyone has different lifestyles that may need to alter the amount of time between.

Washing your dog’s covers are just as important, if not more so. Your dog’s lifestyle, activities, and messy day-to-day style make for a lot of cleaning. Why not minimize the time it takes to achieve a clean and healthy home by purchasing another replacement?

Why you could always use another dog bed cover:

Lab puppy laying in their bed with their toys around

Laundry day just got easier for you and comfier for your pup.

Now your fluffy friend can relax on their fresh bedding while you wash the other. No more waiting and sleeping uncomfortably on the floor for your pooch.

The need for another dog bed may seem unnecessary, but if you value your health and that of your pet, then having an extra cover is merely one simple adjustment you can easily make, with loads of benefits.

Prevents Messes

Your dog’s daily activities typically involve dirt, grime, and unknown substances that get brought into the house and most importantly into their beds.

Even if you’ve got a couch potato pup, they have to go out every now and then. Their outside adventures they carry unwanted germs into your home.

More active or primarily outside doggo’s are more likely to track in anything they have walked through into the spaces that need to be the cleanest for home health.

Easy swap on laundry day

White Lab Laying on a yellow dog bed pillow

According to veterinarian and founder of Animal Acupuncture in NYC, Dr. Rachel Barrack, "always recommend beds made of washable materials”.

Having two bedding sets aids in the maintenance of the cleanliness of your home and everyone who lives in it.

Durability of Materials

If you were to buy a less expensive washable bed, the chances that the lifespan of your pup’s bed will be endless are very slim. This is due to manufacturers cutting their business costs. These cuts don’t seem like much for temporary means, but most dog parents want their dog to love their bed for a long time.

You’ll begin to see fraying of the threads and suddenly the zipper is broken and you’ve only had it one or two weeks. Washing machines and dryers don’t do well with lesser fabrics and thin thread. Your dog deserves durability.

Deciding to make an investment for a higher quality bed is the only way to ensure a longer lifespan for your purchase.

What to keep in mind when looking for your dogs new cover:

Little terrier falling asleep in their dog bed


If you are purchasing a new cover because your older cover has been ruined, soiled, or torn up but the inside foam is still usable, then you need to consider the size and shape of the foam.

You wouldn’t want to finally find the right cover and it not fit correctly. You want to give your old dog bed life again and that is only possible if you find the right size and fit in order to maintain your dog's comfort and support.

Although, it is advised by vets and professionals to purchase a true orthopedic dog bed for optimal alignment and joint health, should you temporarily wish to make an adjustment by adding a cover to your old bed, or simply have a backup be sure to measure the inside materials before purchasing.


The fabric is an essential factor for determining the washability and long term use of your cover. Along with flimsy threading issues, if the fabric itself is thin and made with low-grade materials, it is likely that your bed may grab liquids and stain, easily rips or tears, and can hold onto bad bacteria that are nearly impossible to fully remove.

Having a stain-repelling fabric that looks brand new after multiple washes is exactly what makes a great dog bed cover rather than not-so-great but cheap ones that come out of the washing machine the same or worse after few laundry days.


Dalmatian laying in a fuzzy dog bed

It is important to make sure your dog bed stays dry and clean from outside influences that could compromise your dog's bed and cause it to be unhealthy to use.

If your dog has incontinence issues, hasn’t yet been potty trained, or have a tendency to spill everything around them, a second waterproof liner is the only true way to ensure the inside materials remain free of mold, smells, and germs that cause illness.  

“Chew proof”

If you care for a new puppy, you probably have noticed your life would be easier with chew-proof EVERYTHING. Those little teeth are like daggers, on your skin and your valuables. Until they are trained out of that stage of growing up, your pupper needs a bed cover that can handle the destruction.

Most dogs, even as adults enjoy burrowing and hiding their bones and toys. If your pooch is prone to digging or scratching, it is important to protect the bed with proper materials.

If you’ve looked up anything involving tough or chew resistant dog beds, you may have come across the word “Kevlar”. Kevlar is a super strong thread, like the ones used in all BuddyRest dog beds. They use this thread to ensure your dog bed is incredibly chew-resistant. This thread, combined with Crypton fabric make these beds Tough for your dog to destroy.   

Comfort Deluxe Extra Dog Bed Cover


From $69.99


Looking for functional comfort?’s high tech Crypton® performance fabric stays clean, repels odors and rarely needs to be washed all with the comfort of suede.  Not only will you wash this fabric less, but the ease of washing the cover is also unbeaten.

Romeo Advanced Orthopedic Dog Bed


From $349.99

Dog’s are ruff on beds (pun intended), stains happen, and smells linger on lesser quality materials. Your dog deserves a durable, water-resistant, washable bed. Having an extra dog bed cover or replacing an old one with higher quality can not only save you time and money in the long run, but it can also aid in your overall home’s health and cleanliness.

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Once you find the perfect dog bed for your furry friend, they are sure to make napping in it a part of their daily routine. A cozy dog bed will come in contact with quite a bit of hair and dander, making it important to find a bed that is easily washed.