How To Pick an Outside Dog House For Maximum Hygiene
Hygiene is crucial for maximum dog health and well-being. I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you of that. Unfortunately, for too many pet owner hygiene is often viewed as an afterthought. They almost always look first at the price and design of the unit. Ultimately, if you really are serious about safeguarding the well-being of your pet not just now but for many years to come, hygiene should be at the top of your list.
There are many ways to factor in hygiene as far as product selection is concerned. One key consideration is the ease of upkeep. You’re probably thinking that a monobloc or unitary model is the best choice because it’s most convenient for you. While it’s true that these models are fairly easy to clean as far as outside maintenance is concerned, hygiene is often an indoor issue.
In other words, the materials that can threaten your pet’s health tend to build-up in the indoor spaces of the outside dog house. This is why it’s really important to pick a design that is very easy to tear apart. Not only can this pay off tremendously, if you’re going to be moving from one part of the US to another, or one side of town to the next. It can also pay off, when it comes time to clean up after your dog.
Make no mistake about it. Doggie clean-up doesn’t just involve carrying a poop bag around, it also includes cleaning up your dog’s housing. It may seem like your pet doesn’t shed, or that it is very clean, but don’t fool yourself. Even the cleanest looking dog can shed fairly a bit in indoor spaces and guess what? That debris can pile up. It’s only a matter of time for fleas, ticks, and mites to enter the scene and invite all sorts of disease.
You don’t want that to happen. Don’t assume that your pet will do a good job taking care of itself. That’s your job. Instead, look for an outside dog house model that is very easy to maintain for maximum hygiene. At the very least, it should be made of light weight big plastic panels that are easy to pull apart. This plastic panels must also be easy to wipe down and dry up.
Plastic Is Not Always The Way To Go
It’s easy to assume that just because you pick a plastic unit that automatically it will be clean. I really can’t say I blame you. After all plastic is very easy to lug around, and to pull apart. In most cases, plastic’s surface is very easy to wipe down. With that said, it’s also worth noting that there are many different types of plastic.
Some plastic designs tend to trap a lot of debris. Some are somewhat absorbent. These are bad news. This increases the likelihood that moisture might be trapped in your pet’s outside dog house. Any trapped moisture can lead to potential hygiene and health issues later. At the very least, they tend to attract parasites.
This is why it’s really important to note, not just because the housing product is made of plastic, it is not a slam dunk. It doesn’t mean that you are looking at an automatically safe product. You need to go beyond the surface. You need to look at the actual design, the type of plastic, and also how easy it is to pull apart, wipe down and dry. Then and only then can we be sure that we’re looking at the right product for your four-legged companion.DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.