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Doghouse Repair Month

Did you know that July is officially Doghouse Repair Month? If your canine pal has his own doghouse, this is a great time to give it a thorough cleaning and inspection! Here, a Raleigh, NC vet discusses maintaining Fido’s doghouse.

Cleaning

Give your furry friend’s home a good scrub down. Use unscented soap, and rinse well. If you need to treat Fido’s doghouse for fleas or other unwanted critters, use only pet-safe products and methods.

Inspection

Check your furry pal’s outdoor home thoroughly. You’ll want to look for sharp splinters, nails, and/or screws that are sticking out. These things could cause serious doggy injuries! Also, check for spots where your pooch may have chewed or even eaten his house.

Bedding

Putting bedding in your pet’s doghouse may seem like a great idea, but it actually isn’t. This can attract fleas, mice, and other unwanted guests. Use a carpet or mat instead. If you do put blankets in Fido’s doghouse, wash them weekly, using hot water, unscented detergent, and your hottest dryer cycle.

Placement

Choosing the right spot for Fido’s doghouse is also important. In winter, it should be situated so that the door faces away from prevailing winds. If you like, you can move it in summer, so that the door faces towards prevailing winds. Fido may not mind a cool breeze when it’s hot out!

Pupgrades

Want to make your pet’s outdoor time even better for him? Spruce up Fido’s doghouse by adding a sandbox for your canine buddy to bury toys and treats in. Or, set out a little kiddie pool for your pet to play in on hot days. You can also just make your pup’s place look nicer by adding some pet-safe plants.

Replacement

If Fido’s doghouse is on its last legs, it may be time to replace it. Look for something that offers great insulation. Wood is a great choice. Just avoid pressure-treated wood, as the chemicals used to process it make it toxic to dogs. Plastic is not your best bet, either: it offers only minimal insulation. The doghouse should not be too large: you want your pup to see it as a cozy den. Finally, we recommend getting a doghouse with the door set to one side. This is better at keeping wind out.

Please reach out to us, your Raleigh, NC pet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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