Crate padding and sores on elbows

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Postby DeeNtheChillas » March 14th, 2010, 1:19 am

So, I need suggestions for how to pad a crate for a dog who likes to shred anything and everything in said crate.

My boston/chi mix, Blazer, is a crate shredder - he never chews a damn thing unless he's in his crate, but in his crate nothing is safe from his oversized teeth and those hooks he has for nails (damn those things grow fast).

Unfortunately, his shredding is causing him to develop unsightly sores on his elbows from laying on the hard bottom of the crate and I feel awful whenever I look at them. :(

Any suggestions on what I can do to help this? I crate for the safety of the cats - the dogs are in a bedroom upstairs behind closed doors. They usually get along with the cats just fine but they're both part terrier and both can be snarky and I just feel better being safe. I just want Blazer's poor elbows to be better!
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Postby iluvk9 » March 14th, 2010, 8:29 am

My friend had good luck with this one from Orvis, although a higher priced item:

http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=0Y4X
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Postby DeeNtheChillas » March 14th, 2010, 12:44 pm

Hmmm yes a bed that can withstand a bigger dog's torments would work for Blazer - he is only 15 pounds of fury. Bed also needs to be comfortable, mind you. The cats think the crates are there for them when the dogs aren't in them. :wink:

Keep the suggestions coming! I'm tempted every time I'm in TSC to pick up a cheap bed but I've cleaned enough fuzz and shredded fabric off of the floor.
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Postby Patch O' Pits » March 14th, 2010, 3:38 pm

Kong just came out with one that petsmart carries which is supposed to be extra sturdy
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Postby SLS61185 » March 15th, 2010, 1:30 am

Patch O' Pits wrote:Kong just came out with one that petsmart carries which is supposed to be extra sturdy



I was lookin' at that the other day. Patch is also another bed destroyer. I quit buying new ones and just left all the stuffing in the crate. He doesn't eat it or anything.

The kong beds are expensive! :doh:
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Postby amazincc » March 15th, 2010, 10:07 am

SLS61185 wrote:The kong beds are expensive! :doh:



But they are worth it IF they are not easily destroyed... :wink:
I'll let you know what my two think of them when they get here. :dance:
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Postby mnp13 » March 15th, 2010, 5:42 pm

We use plain cotton sheets in the crates. I get them for a dollar or less each at house sales. They can shred to their heart's content and I don't care, and if they have a bad bout of vomiting or diarrhea I can throw them all away and not feel guilty. Three or four queen sized bed sheets in a large crate end up making a pretty deep "nest"
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Postby DeeNtheChillas » March 15th, 2010, 6:39 pm

That's what I've been using for Blazer's crate, sheets, but he shreds them up, shoves them in the back of his crate and lays in the front where there's no cushion. :rolleyes2:

Over the weekend I put an old pillow in there. It isn't yet shredded, but it's pushed to the back.
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Postby mnp13 » March 15th, 2010, 8:24 pm

http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=2E34
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This one is guaranteed "chew proof" or your money back... it had better be for $200!!!
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 15th, 2010, 8:27 pm

mnp13 wrote:We use plain cotton sheets in the crates. I get them for a dollar or less each at house sales. They can shred to their heart's content and I don't care, and if they have a bad bout of vomiting or diarrhea I can throw them all away and not feel guilty. Three or four queen sized bed sheets in a large crate end up making a pretty deep "nest"


Yeah, my boarding dogs and service dogs in training that visit are given old hospital blankets...I get them for free from Fidos (someone donates them to us)...and they're easily washed and bleached...and if they're beyond help, I just toss 'em!
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Postby DeeNtheChillas » March 15th, 2010, 11:02 pm

Why can't he be an angel like Lizz - she has a huge comfy blanket, two pillows and a stuffed toy (for cuddling) in her crate and doesn't touch a thing. He HAD a blanket, couple of pillows, and a toy but he shredded them all... :rolleyes2:

This pillow has lasted so far. Perhaps he likes this one...
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Postby iluvk9 » March 16th, 2010, 6:05 am

I am always nervous about sheets and blankets because my shredder (Lenny) will then eat the material.
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Postby amazincc » March 18th, 2010, 11:42 pm

amazincc wrote:
SLS61185 wrote:The kong beds are expensive! :doh:



But they are worth it IF they are not easily destroyed... :wink:
I'll let you know what my two think of them when they get here. :dance:


Sooooo... the kong beds are nice (though the small size is a little too small for our crates, but the large would be too big - I don't know why manufacturers can't coordinate on that :rolleyes2: ). However - while Fausts bed is still in one piece, Sepp ate the handle off his and destroyed the zipper. In about 15 minutes. :doh: :nono:


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Postby SLS61185 » March 19th, 2010, 5:17 am

amazincc wrote:Sooooo... the kong beds are nice (though the small size is a little too small for our crates, but the large would be too big - I don't know why manufacturers can't coordinate on that ). However - while Fausts bed is still in one piece, Sepp ate the handle off his and destroyed the zipper. In about 15 minutes.


Lol. I was talkin' to my husband last night about the new beds.... And I read a bunch of the reviews on PetsMarts site... People liked them, but said they were shredded too easy. Said the handle and because of the zipper being easy to get to. Once we read the thing about the zippers, he told me no. Patch goes straight for zippers, every-single-time.

I think Faust needs to have a talk with Patch about chewing up all of his beds.
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Postby DeeNtheChillas » March 19th, 2010, 8:10 am

The pillow has been working for Blazer thus far. Sores on his elbows are already healing! :D

Since we do plan to add a bigger dog to the family soon, all of the bed suggestions are appreciated! The two current dogs sleep in cat beds (as do the cats).
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Postby IzzysDad » March 21st, 2010, 1:38 pm

I need to check the Kong beds out.
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Postby PetieMarie22 » April 20th, 2010, 11:21 am

DeeNtheChillas wrote:The pillow has been working for Blazer thus far. Sores on his elbows are already healing!

I was wondering if things are still working out with the pillow. I was using $5 fleece throws in Petie's crate, but she has been chewing them and I have been finding vomit with pieces of blanket in them. I'm not risking any blockage issues, so right now she is on bare metal.

Or anyone else find something that has been working for blanket/sheet chewers?
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Postby tiva » April 21st, 2010, 7:59 pm

We bought the medium sized round Orvis tough chew for Vanya, and it fits really well into a large crate (being round doesn't matter much, for some reason--it just makes more of a comfy nest). It's on sale now at Orvis: http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=10YTws for $79 instead of $105, a very good deal considering that our cheapo Farm and Fleet dog beds die in a year.

Ours has lasted 2.5 years with a dedicated shredder and chewer, and he loves it in his crate. I like it because you can just toss the whole thing in the washer and drier--no need to take off the cover and wash things separately (although you can do that if you like). I chose the round rather than the rectangle, because the edges are where dogs are most likely to chew a hole.
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Postby amazincc » April 21st, 2010, 10:20 pm

The reviews aren't all that encouraging... :|
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Postby PetieMarie22 » April 22nd, 2010, 10:48 am

tiva wrote:We bought the medium sized round Orvis tough chew for Vanya, and it fits really well into a large crate (being round doesn't matter much, for some reason--it just makes more of a comfy nest).

How much does Vanya weigh? Petie is 55lbs, but she often curls into a little ball when she sleeps. Maybe the medium would fit her. Also, you think that bed will be hot for the dog in the summer?
amazincc wrote:The reviews aren't all that encouraging...

I noticed. I know it's all a pain in the rear, but least they give you you money back if your dog shreds the Orvis bed.
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