These Odor Resistant Dog Beds Are What You Need for Your Smelly Friend

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Does your dog smell, well, nasty? Does he smell extra musky when his coat gets wet, or does he have Frito Feet? While some light odor is normal, you should pay attention if you start noticing any strong obnoxious odors. 

Like humans, dogs have their own distinct body odor. This distinct chemical scent is emitted from their paws and lightly from their hair follicles. This scent is from the oils that’s produced to keep their skin and hair healthy, to act as the body’s natural barrier. These oils are also an important scent marker for each dog. 

Along with the slightly yeasty smell produced by the glands in the ears, these two sources make up the normal body odor of a dog. 

Housekeeping: How to keep the dog bed from smelling?

Apart from keeping good bodily hygiene, we should pay attention to the living environment too. Here are some things that you can do to prevent your dog’s bed from getting too smelly. 

Odor Eliminator

One thing you can try is to eliminate dog bed odors by spraying them with fabric freshener. Just make sure to pick a fabric freshener spray that does not have a fragrance, which can irritate your dog’s skin, or make them sneeze or itch. Fragrance is also harmful to your dog because of how sensitive his sense of smell is.

Waterproof Liners

Some dog beds come with a built in waterproof liner, but you could also purchase these separately. Waterproof liners stop the smell from seeping deep into the cushion of the bed and can easily be washed.

Additionally, if your dog has an accident on their bed, the waterproof liner will protect the bed, so you do not have to worry about the pee/poop odor staying on the bed once you’ve cleaned the liner.

Removable Covers

Choose a dog bed that has a removable cover. This fabric should be durable and easy to clean and care for. You can toss these covers in the washer as often as you feel the need, which will help to keep the odor off the bed. It is a good idea to wash this cover one to two times a week to keep it smelling fresh.

Wipe Up Drool

The smell on a dog’s bed often comes from dried up dog drool. If possible, as soon as you notice that your dog is drooling on their bed, wipe up the drool before it has the chance to seep deep into the cover. Then, let the bed dry.

Bake It In The Sun

Whenever possible, it is a good idea to sun your dog’s bed. Leaving the dog bed under the sun to bake will keep the moisture out and reduce the possibility of bacteria or mold developing in the bed.

Odor resistant dog beds

If you are looking for a dog bed that is specifically odor resistant, there are quite a few options out there on the market. Here are our top five picks for the best odor resistant dog beds:

K9 Ballistics Easy Clean Dog Bed

Odor resistant dog bed with bolster

This bed can come in small, medium, large, and extra large, so you can find the perfect fit for your dog. The bed is made with microfiber fabric and has a faux fur top, which makes it very soft and comfy for your dog.

The mattress on this bed is 5 inches thick and made with orthopedic foam, which provides optimum support for your dog’s spine and joints.

This bed is easy to clean, making it great as you are trying to control your dog’s smell. The cover of this bed is designed to be like a fitted sheet, so you can simply take the cover off and put it in the washing machine.

When you wash it, make sure you wash it in cold water and on a gentle cycle and then let it air dry. The fibers that this bed is made with work hard to resist dirt and odors.

Additionally, it is made with very durable microfiber materials and will last a long time. The K9 Ballistics brand also makes chew resistant dog beds for some of the most persistent chewers. 

Kuranda Dog Bed

Elevated odor resistant dog bed

If you are looking for an elevated dog bed, this may be just what you are looking for. An elevated bed helps to keep your dog dry, comfortable, and cool, both indoors and outdoors.

This bed is very tough. It is made of chew proof, aircraft grade aluminum and can hold dogs up to 250 pounds. The center is made of solid vinyl, which can withstand digging, scratching, and keep even large dogs comfortable. The corner of the fabric also hides into the frame, which discourages dogs to chew it.

Since the materials of this bed (aluminum and vinyl) are waterproof, it is very easy to clean.

You can get this bed in mini, small, medium, large, extra large, and extra extra large, and you can choose from the vinyl colors of burgundy, smoke, royal blue, or forest green.

Some of the pros of an elevated bed that you might want to consider are: Elevated beds can help your dog stay at a comfortable temperature as opposed to the cold floor. It provides firm and even support for your dog. It is portable and contains no stuffing for your dog to rip out. Most of all, it is easy to clean.

Dogbed4less Memory Foam Dog Bed

Odor resistant dog bed for large dog

This bed can come in small, medium, and large sizes, but it can also come in extra large and jumbo making it the best bed for larger dogs. The Jumbo size measures 55 inches by 47 inches making it roomy for even the biggest dogs.

This bed comes with a waterproof cover that protects the four inches of memory foam that makes this bed comfortable. There is also a durable microsuede cover that goes on the outside of the bed. This cover can be washed and dried by machine. 

This cover is resistant to stains, dirt, and wrinkles. The bed comes with two covers- a gray one and a brown one- so you can change the covers up while the other is being washed, or just change the covers to match your home’s decorations.

Since the bed is made with four inches of memory foam (no matter which size bed you choose), it will not flatten. It also can help to relieve any pain that your dog has due to arthritis and will support your dog’s joints. The memory foam is also hypoallergenic, making it also a great choice for pets with allergies.

The bed is made with high quality materials that are hard for your dog to rip or tear through, making it a bed that will last for many years.

Furhaven Pet Orthopedic Dog Bed

Odor resistant orthopedic dog bed

If your dog has arthritis or joint pain, or you are just hoping to help support your dog’s joints and bones, an orthopedic bed may be the best way to go. This bed can have an orthopedic foam center, but you can also choose from cooling gel foam and memory foam.

This bed, which looks like a mini sofa just for your dog, comes in multiple sizes and colors. You can choose to get this bed in small, medium, large, jumbo, or jumbo plus. Color wise, you have many options as well. You could even choose between three different patterned toppers- black medallion, boulder grey, or desert brown.

The sofa shape was designed to promote a sense of security for your dog and the higher edges are perfect head rests or nooks for your pet to nestle their head into.

The special foam in this bed helps support your dog’s head, neck, back, and hips. It evenly distributes their body weight and pressure points, encouraging your dog to have a better sleep.

The cover on this bed is machine washable and is easily cleaned.

Reddy Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed

Odor resistant outdoor dog bed

This bed can be used inside or outside and can go wherever your dog goes. It is made with a strong fabric that is able to withstand the elements wherever you go.

Use it in your backyard, on a camping trip, or to the beach. There is an odor resistant treatment on the fabric that reduces the amount of bacteria that will settle on the bed.

The bed can come in small, medium, large, or extra large, and can come in 4 color options. It is filled with a foam and polyfill combination which makes it a comfortable spot for your dog to rest. The bottom also has anti-skid grips, which makes sure that the bed stays in place.

The cover is made up of sturdy nylon that can be washed if your dog gets it dirty or smelly.

What can I use to keep my dog from smelling?

To get to the root of why your dog bed is smelly, it goes back to your dog being a bit smelly. To keep your dog from smelling, make sure they get baths.

Most veterinarians and groomers recommend giving your dog a bath once a month, unless they get dirty or smelly and need another bath in that time frame. Dogs need a certain amount of the oil on their skin and hair to keep it healthy and too frequent baths removes that.

When giving your dog a bath, bathe them with a non-fragranced pet shampoo. Fragranced shampoo relies on the fragrance to mask the smell and does not remove the smell completely.

It is also best to get a shampoo created specifically for dogs, because using human shampoo on your dog can make their skin feel dry and itchy, and the change in the levels can lead to your dog becoming more likely to contact viruses and bacteria on their skin.

Another tip is to keep your dog’s coat dry. A damp coat develops smell even quicker. As soon as your furry friend is done in the bath, dry them well with a towel. Follow that with bow drying to make sure there is no more moisture trapped in their hair.

Why does my dog smell so bad even after a bath?

If you’ve ever wondered why the smell of wet dog is so bad, here is the answer:

A bunch of small microorganisms, like yeast and bacteria, reside on your dog. These creatures live in your dog’s fur and they leave behind “micro excreta,” or their dung. When your dog is dry, these pieces of the micro excreta do not smell like anything.

But water breaks down the bonds that hold this micro excreta together, and that is what releases the smell that we associate with wet dogs. Hot and humid air can also make you more likely to smell the micro excreta.

While a musky smell is normal, if you feel like the smell of your dog is beyond what is normal, contact your vet so that they can rule out any potential health problems. Certain illnesses such as a skin infection or an ear infection can cause your dog to smell extra stinky.

Can I spray Febreze on my dog’s bed?

You can use a Febreze fabric spray. This spray can be found in many scents, but it is best to choose the fragrance free option. We like the Febreze Fabric Refresher in Free Nature.

When you are using Febreze on your dog’s bed, follow the manufacturer’s guide. Lightly mist the bed and let it dry. You can spray your dog’s bed weekly but make sure to keep the room ventilated when spraying.

Veterinary toxicologists from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) have confirmed that Febreze is completely safe to use around dogs and cats. Just make sure the bed is completely dry before your dog uses it, because wet Febreze may cause mild skin irritation for your pets. 

But, if you have pet birds in your home, it is best not to use Febreze as it could pose some health problems for our winged family members.