So with our pup recently breaking her leg, our vet ordered her to be caged except for trips to the bathroom. Our friends let us borrow a plastic dog cage that they weren't using so we could follow these rules as best as we could! I'm wondering now what kind of cage would be better for her or any dog really, a plastic or metal one. All of my dogs that I have ever had, have only been in plastic cages so I have never personally tried this theory out.
There are many different brands of plastic cages and they seem to look more comfortable than the metal ones. The problem with the plastic cages though, is if your dog is a chewer or even a puppy like ours, wont they try to chew the plastic, in turn ruining the cage. I also read a few days ago that most dogs are actually allergic to plastic ( i don't believe it is a severe allergy though), so would this be a good idea to constantly keep your dog in a plastic cage? Would the plastic allergy over time worsen?
As for the metal cages, they seem to probably hold up a lot better than the plastic cages. Dogs aren't allergic to metal, but is this comfortable for them to lay in with metal bars pressing up against them? Maybe a blanket could help prevent that discomfort, I even lay a blanket in with Bailey in the plastic cage!
Both plastic and metal cages are easy to wipe and spray clean and they are easy to set up and operate. I'm just not sure what we should do when we have to return the plastic cage. Should we eventually buy a plastic or metal cage for Bailey?