Dogs make wonderful pets. There always ready to listen to your problem without passing judgment, even when you are wrong. They are happy when we are happy and love us when we are sad. All that they ask in return is some food, fresh water to drink and some soft clean bedding on which to sleep.
One of the best choices for dog bedding is red cedar shavings. These very fine shavings make a soft comfortable bed for your dog that will not make your house smell like 'Who let the dogs in?' Those aromatic oils in the cedar help to avoid all the dog smell and also keep your friend free of fleas and ticks.
There are other types of bedding for dogs made from different woods, but none are as comfortable as the red cedar shavings. Cedar shaves thin enough that is becomes soft and comfortable. The shavings curl together so the dog is not going to drag wood chips all through the house.
Additionally, cedar shavings do not mold or develop hot spots like hay. Cedar shavings are far superior to any hay or straw available.
You can use the soft fibers of cedar in the bottom of a crate or doghouse. Just fill to a depth of about four inches. For the cloth dog beds, just fill with cedar shavings.
Some people fear that cedar shavings will interfere with your dogs capacity to smell. Breeders of hunting dogs use red cedar for bedding with no adverse affects on the dog's ability to hunt. If you have a puppy that is under six months of age, you should avoid the red cedar, as the oils may affect his sensitive system.
Replace the shavings every four to six weeks with fresh cedar. The fresh cedar will continue to keep your dog flea and tick free and his bed fresh.
If you think of the smell of Grandma's cedar chest then you will know the smell of aromatic red cedar.
Whether you have a sporting, working or just a companion dog, the best bedding for him is aromatic red cedar shavings.
You should expect to pay about forty dollars per bale of red cedar. The bale should be enough for four different beds. This is a small price to pay for an all natural solution to fleas and ticks that will not harm your dog. Many of the commercial flea and tick sprays, drops or pills can cause harm to your dog. Red cedar just makes him smell like grandma's cedar chest. One bale of cedar can last up to six months for bedding for your best friend.
Cedar has none of the hazards of other flea and tick products. After a puppy reaches six months in age, his bedding will not only protect him from these harmful parasites but also protect your family members from such diseases as Rock Mountain Spotted fever and Lyme disease. In addition your dog is going to have a great bed. You will spend less for his bedding than you would for most flea and tick products that may not be good for your friend, your dog.
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