October 29, 2009 3:15 AM   Subscribe

my dog bled on my blanket (i think mine's called a com-fort-or). can i still sleep in my bed?

my dog's been on her period for a while and we always kick it pretty good in bed and i thought her period was over but i guess not and i've actually been sleeping in bed with a few half dollar siezed dogperiodblood spots on the pillows, com-four-door, sheets and mattress. am i okay? do i need to disinfect my sleeping arrangements?
posted by defmute to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Just don't wash anything in hot water. That'll set the stains permanently. Soak in cold salt water.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 3:51 AM on October 29, 2009

Wash your bedding. Spay your dog.
posted by asockpuppet at 4:37 AM on October 29, 2009 [34 favorites]

I've got a golden whom I've elected to not spay for a myriad of reasons, none of which are because she's ever had or will have puppies.

She's bled on my sheets a couple times, however never more than a spot here or a spot there, and I've slept in the same bed for up to several days before washing...mostly cuz I know she'll just do it again for that week or so.

I mean, to me it's really not much different in sleeping in a bed with sheets containing semen and vaginal secretions. Human...but...whatever.
posted by TomMelee at 5:10 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

I doubt you are in any danger from it. A bit of Oxi-Clean or similar oxygen cleaner in cold water will help get out the stains.
posted by fancyoats at 5:18 AM on October 29, 2009

It's fine, just wash your sheets. You may not be able to wash your comforter in a regular-sized washing machine. If that's the case, if it were me I would spot clean it to get the stain out. But you can also wash it at a laundromat with large washers or have it cleaned professionally by a dry cleaner.
posted by amro at 6:00 AM on October 29, 2009

Also, a hydrogen peroxide soak before you wash will help get the blood out. just don't let it soak for more than an hour or so, or it may start to break down the fabric.
posted by mercredi at 6:19 AM on October 29, 2009

asockpuppet: "Wash your bedding. Spay your dog."
posted by radioamy at 8:11 AM on October 29, 2009

What exactly do you mean by "we always kick it really good in bed"?
posted by dumbledore69 at 8:42 AM on October 29, 2009 [3 favorites]

It means he likes to hang out and snuggle with his/her dog in bed. It's a nice thing, you should try it.
posted by TomMelee at 9:24 AM on October 29, 2009

It's gross - you shouldn't try it - but that's just me!
posted by koahiatamadl at 5:03 PM on October 30, 2009 [1 favorite]

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