If you want a dog bed that is going to stay relatively clean and hygienic, you’ve probably looked at the following types of dog beds:
- Dust Mite Proof Dog Bed
- Mold Proof Dog Bed
- Mildew Proof Dog Bed
Although you can’t completely proof a dog bed from anything, there are certainly some beds out there that are very resistant to dust mite, mold and mildew.
Let’s take a look at them!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Best Dog Beds That Are Proofed Or Resistant Against Dust Mites, Mold & Mildew
Our top picks for the best dog beds that are proofed or resistant against dust mites, mold & mildew are the:
- K&H Pet Products Elevated Dog Bed (on Chewy)
- K&H Pet Products Original Pet Cot Elevated Pet Bed (on Amazon) (Raised bed. Available up to an X Large size, for dogs up to around 150 lbs)
- Coolaroo Steel-Framed Elevated Dog Bed (on Chewy)
- Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed (on Amazon) (Raised bed. Available up to a Large size, for dogs around 100lbs)
- Frisco Steel-Framed Elevated Dog Bed (on Chewy) – Available in up to a 51.6 x 31.8 inch size bed. For dogs as big as 85lbs.
- Kuranda PVC Dog Bed on Amazon – Mid Range Option
- K9 Ballistics Cujo Cot Dog Bed on Amazon – Heavy Duty Chew Resistant Option
Why Elevated And Raised Beds For Protection Against Dust Mite, Mold and Mildew?
Elevated beds are good for to protect against dust mites, mold and mildew for a few reasons:
- They are usually built specifically to be inside and outside beds – they will do better outside where they are more susceptible to mites and mold than a mattress type bed would be
- They are usually made of permeable fabric that hold mites or mold as much as a mattress would. A mattress bed is more likely to trap mites or attract mold and mildew
- To wash most elevated dog beds, you can wipe them down with a damp cloth, or hose them down with the garden hose and wipe it with a dry towel in seconds. They are very easy to clean and keep clean from mites and mold/mildew compared to mattress beds
- Because they are raised with fabric and a metal frame, air can get underneath the fabric and ventilate it naturally to stop mold and mildew growing. It also creates a less inviting environment for mites
- They are usually designed SPECIFICALLY to protect against not only mites, mold and mildew, but to control odor and be good for dealing with accidents, dirt and messes
The Coolaroo elevated dog bed above is one of the most popular raised bed cheap options.
The Kuranda PVC frame bed is a popular mid range option, both in terms of price and strength.
The Cujo Cot or Kuranda heavy duty aluminium frame and durable fabric dog bed is good if you have a more destructive or heavy chewing dog and want a more indestructible type bed.
Why Not The Stuffed or Foam Mattress or Bolster Type Beds?
Simply because the inner poly fill or memory foam in these beds, and the associated covers, are more susceptible to creating an environment that traps mites and grows mildew or mold.
They don’t ventilate as well as the thin fabric elevated beds, and the internal environment under the external covers, or inside the mattress can be a breeding ground for all sorts of things – unless you wash the bed and clean it regularly.
Having said that, orthopedic and memory foam dog beds provide a level or comfort and support, particularly for dogs with joint issues, that elevated dog beds don’t quite provide.
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