Jana worked in animal welfare with abused and unwanted pets. She loves sharing her hands-on experience regarding domestic and wild critters.
What Type of Plastic Dog Beds Are We Talking About?
Plastic is widely used in the pet industry. When it comes to pet beds, the versatility of this material is endless. Plastic account for parts like brackets, poles, mesh, threads, and covers. But we won’t be discussing beds that include other materials like cloth and metal (except to showcase the differences between them and the star of this article).
You probably already know the type. Made from solid plastic, the container is usually oval-shaped. One side has a low “entrance” to allow the dog to easily climb into the basket. Although some will clamber over at any spot. Facepalm.
Without any further waffle, here are the top 6 benefits.
1. Plastic Dog Baskets Are Easy to Clean
Dogs adore plush cloth beds. You know, the sort stuffed with, well stuffing. The adoration is not a sentiment that is always shared by owners - and it’s not hard to understand why. These beds look elite and everything when bought. But at some point, all dogs make a mess in their basket.
Who cleans it? Okay, let’s ignore for a moment the pooches who eat their own barf. At the end of the day, owners face the chore of cleaning vomit, urine, grime, and even blood from a female in heat. Unless you’re Martha Steward, you’re not going to remove the stain completely.
A plastic bed is more hygienic because any goop can be wiped off. Serious incidents might call for a thorough rinsing but even then, the container will dry quickly. Give it some sunlight or a good rub-down and your dog can use the basket again within minutes.
More importantly, you can see that the basket is dry. You can feel the dryness with your fingers. But beds made with cloth and sponge takes ages to dry. Even when they look dry, moisture can hide deep inside and you’ll never know. This invites a nasty issue that makes frustrated owners cry like cartoons (see benefit number 2).
2. Plastic Dog Baskets Are Mould-Free
Mould jumps on hidden moisture quicker than you can say, “Not again!” When given the opportunity, these fungal creeps invade stuffing, mattresses, and even blankets. The problem is serious. The first sign of infection doesn’t seem like much but it usually leads to the destruction of cloth-based baskets.
A plastic bed cannot mould. Okay, that’s a white lie. When fungal spores find a nook and there are enough moisture and humidity, then mould can live on plastic. But even the most freakishly determined clump of mould cannot penetrate plastic so much that the whole basket is ruined. You can also remove the fungus completely with a good scrubbing, something that is not truly possible with beds that contain stuffing.
3. Plastic Dog Baskets Have A Long Life
We have all been there. The elevated bed that broke a leg. Those seams fraying on a plush basket. Others flatten so badly that the dog no longer enjoys proper comfort or support. On the positive side, many non-plastic beds last for years. But they stand a higher chance of having their lifespan shortened by damage.
Plastic has a reputation for lasting forever. This is, unfortunately, what makes it such a potent pollutant. But there is a positive side here too. When forged from quality plastic, these dog beds will probably outlast your African Grey. Needless to say, anything that doesn’t need replacing for ages saves money.
4. Plastic Dog Baskets Can Be Recycled
Let’s say your two Great Danes played tackle in your Yorkie’s basket. That’s right. After hearing a disheartening crunch, you check and see that they’ve gone and broken the plastic basket. However, all is not lost. These dog beds are usually made with high-quality plastic that can be recycled. Simply drop the pieces off at your local recycle point and help the environment.
Most other types of beds can usually be recycled but not 100 percent like plastic. In fact, some baskets do not have a snowball’s chance in Hell. For example, there are no recycle points for a mouldy plush bed with barf on it. So, straight into the landfill it goes.
5. Plastic Dog Beds Are Chew Resistant
Well, kind of. But picture this for a moment. Your hyper-active (slightly demonic) Chiquaqua grabs and shakes its cloth bed. Then it bites another basket, which is a plastic container. Chances are that the cloth bed will bleed its stuffing all over the place. At worst, the plastic bed’s surface will get a few grooves. But they won’t affect the functionality or life-span of the basket.
Some dogs might chew on their plastic bed. This, over time, could lead to an unsightly appearance. Even so, the bed will last longer than most other baskets when given the same toothy treatment.
6. Plastic Dog Beds Are More Affordable
This is perhaps the best perk. Many dog owners want to spoil their beloved pet by giving them a bed. However, you only need to take one look at pet products to realize that dog beds are expensive. Some are so pricey, it’s offputting.
Plastic baskets offer two things here. First, they are much more affordable - thanks to the cheap material that they are made of. Secondly, their reduced costs don’t mean that the product is inferior. A plastic bed is truly one way that pet owners can provide their furkids with a quality sleeping place and one that doesn’t cost the Earth.
What About The Drawbacks of a Plastic Dog Bed?
There is one drawback. The good news? It’s not a major flaw. For the lack of a better word, the issue is incompleteness. Most other dog beds are sold with everything in place. The plush bed comes with its cushion. The raised bed comes with all the bits you need to assemble it. But a plastic bed is sold as a shell. The owner must add the mattress or cushions.
The benefits of a plastic bed outweigh this slight drawback. They are easy to clean, to transport, will outlast your parrot, can be 100 percent recycled, and offer an affordable way to tuck your pet into a decent bed of its own.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Jana Louise Smit