Doghouses can be a haven for unwanted critters, such as spiders, snakes, and scorpions. Fortunately, there are some ways to make your home less attractive to them. For instance, setting out a birdfeeder can help, as birds will eat both pests and the bugs those pests eat. Keep your hedges trimmed, and make sure your yard is free of debris. We also recommend keeping the area around Fido’s doghouse well lit, and checking regularly for uninvited guests. Using pet-safe pest control is also important. Ask your vet for more tips.
Bedding tends to attract vermin, so we don’t recommend putting a doggy bed in Fido’s house. Use mats or carpet scraps instead.
Give your canine pal’s doghouse a good cleaning! Use nontoxic soap, and rinse thoroughly.
We probably don’t have to tell you that Arizona summers can be sweltering hot. We recommend putting your doghouse in a shaded area. Did you know that you can actually get air-conditioned doghouses? This is a great way to pamper your pooch!
Wear and Tear
Sometimes dogs try to, well, eat their houses. Inspect Fido’s hangout, and look for worn or chewed spots. You’ll also want to check for anything that is sticking out, such as nails, screws, or splinters. Address any needed repairs immediately.
Your pet’s doghouse should be slightly elevated. However, make sure there are no gaps under the house that could make an inviting habitat for snakes, scorpions, or other creepy-crawlies.
Making sure that your pet always has fresh water available is very important. However, you’ll need to wash the dishes daily, to make sure the water stays clean and uncontaminated. For instance, if a passing Sonoran Desert toad jumps into the bowl, it could contaminate the water in just a few moments.
While Fido may really enjoy having a spot of his own in the yard, dogs are happier, healthier, and safer living indoors. Never leave your pet outside for long periods, especially in the heat.
Please contact us, your local North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care.