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Alternative bedding to straw

Postby Force Fetch » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:35 pm

This is a new one on me and my vet. I have used straw as bedding for my dogs for over 40 years without a problem until now. I have a setter at the vets recovering from surgery. To make a long story short he had a stomach packed with straw bedding. He will chew up wool mats, so that is out and he is a known wood eater. What is left.
I live in Central Montana so some sort of bedding is needed at negative temps, I am at a loss.
Thank you for your help in advance.
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:40 pm

is there any way you can break him from eating the bedding?
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby ScaupHunter » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:45 pm

I find that Bella doesn't eat the sheets on my bed. She finds them delightful to sleep on.

I think you are going to have a problem no matter what you use if the dog will eat wood and straw, it will eat just about anything. Have you thought of a hard rubber mat with a thick open cell foam layer under it to keep the cold from transferring to the dog?
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby Force Fetch » Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:36 pm

Scaup, I already have a fryer mat that he leaves alone, I like the idea of open cell foam. Thank you. With the fryer mat on top it will allow any moisture to fall away from the dog. Wayne
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:40 pm

fryer mat? :huh:
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby Dakota Creek » Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:10 pm

Not "bedding" but it will get the dog up off the ground .... Check out kurunda dog beds
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby ScaupHunter » Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:39 pm

Another trick for keeping them warm is to mount a single bulb light socket in the dog house and put a piece of carpet over the door. It is amazing how much warmer the inside of the doghouse is after you do this.
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:59 pm

ScaupHunter wrote:Another trick for keeping them warm is to mount a single bulb light socket in the dog house and put a piece of carpet over the door. It is amazing how much warmer the inside of the doghouse is after you do this.

ditto....
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Re: Alternative bedding to straw

Postby Force Fetch » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:21 pm

Thank you for all of your advice, one of them should work. Wayne
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