July is officially Doghouse Repair Month! Does your pup have a little home of his own in the yard? If so, this is a great reminder to do some cleaning and maintenance to it. A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers tips on doghouse repairs below.
Give your canine pal’s outdoor home a good scrubbing. Use unscented soap or detergent and hot water. If you happen to have a pressure washer, uses that as well!
Thoroughly inspect Fido’s doghouse. You’ll want to look for nails, screws, and long splinters that may be sticking out. These can cause serious injuries! Also, check for spots your furry best buddy may have chewed up.
Choosing the right spot for Fido’s doghouse is very important. It should be in a place that is sheltered from the worst of the wind, but still gets sunlight. The doghouse should be raised up off the ground to keep snow and rain out, with the door facing away from prevailing winds.
We strongly recommend that dogs live indoors. Our canine friends are much happier—not to mention healthier and safer—with their families. That said, a doghouse that doesn’t offer protection from the elements isn’t very helpful. Saskatchewan isn’t exactly known for balmy winters! Making sure Fido’s doghouse is well-insulated is very important. If you want, you can add another layer of insulation to your pet’s home. Avoid using pressure-treated wood, though, as it’s toxic to dogs.
It really isn’t a good idea to put bedding in Fido’s house: it will attract insects and rodents. Use carpeting or mats instead.
In winter, you may want to hang thick strips of plastic or carpet over your furry friend’s door. This will help keep wind and rain out. You can remove them in summer if you like, so Fido can enjoy a cool breeze.
Why not make Fido’s outdoor time more fun for him? If your pooch likes to dig, make him a sandbox to bury toys and treats in. Your four-legged pal may also enjoy a deck to sun himself on in summer, or even a pool to splash around in. You’ll also want to make sure your pup has toys and water outside.
Is your dog due for veterinary care? Please contact us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet hospital, for all your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!