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Doghouse Repair Month

July has officially gone to the dogs: it’s Doghouse Repair Month! Our canine pals love having their own little backyard hangout spots. However, it is important to clean and inspect Fido’s doghouse regularly. This is a great time to do that! Read on as a Washington DC vet offers some tips on fixing Fido’s doghouse.

Cleaning

The first thing you want to do is give Fido’s doghouse a good scrubbing. Choose a hot day, so that it will dry quickly. Use biodegradable, hypo-allergenic soap, and a high-pressure setting on your hose. If you have mats on the floor, rinse those as well.

Positioning

Did you know that doghouses should be raised off the ground a bit? This will help keep rain, snow, and critters out. Just be sure to fill in the space underneath.

Weather Protection

Needless to say, your pooch shouldn’t stay outside for very long in bad weather. Dogs are always happier living indoors with their humans. After all, Fido is part of the family! However, you may want to move or at least reposition your furry pal’s doghouse as seasons change. In winter, it should face away from prevailing winds. In summer, your canine buddy may enjoy a cool breeze. You can also hang thick plastic strips in the door, to block wind and rain.

Hazards

Check Fido’s doghouse over carefully. You’ll want to look for sharp edges or spots where there may be splinters, screws, or nails sticking out. You may also find that your canine buddy has, well, eaten part of his outdoor home. If you can easily repair this issue, go for it. Otherwise, it might be time to replace the doghouse.

Pupgrade

Why not make your furry friend’s doghouse even more puptastic? Add a little sun deck for Fido to lounge about on. You can make it look extra cute by putting out some pet-safe plants. Your pooch may also enjoy a roof balcony. Or, get that tail going by giving your pet his own backyard doggy playground. Add a kiddie pool, outdoor toys, or even a sandbox.

Decorating

Who says doghouses can’t look cute? You can easily dress your canine friend’s home up with a coat of fresh paint. Just be sure to choose a non-toxic brand.

Please reach out to us, your Washington DC vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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