A Wooden Outdoor Dog House Might Pose Some Hygiene Challenges

A Wooden Outdoor Dog House Might pose some hygiene challenges

Let’s face it, wood finished panels and wood construction are very appealing. At least when it comes to appearances, there’s a certain quaint charm to any kind of wood finished product. If you’re thinking of buying your pet a wooden outdoor dog house, don’t take this article the wrong way. It is not my intention to discourage you from going ahead with your plan of buying a wood unit for your canine family member. I only want you to be aware that there are certain hygiene challenges involved. By being aware of these now, you can plan ahead and make sure that potential health risks and hazards don’t appear in the future due to your choice of dog house materials.

Different types of wood finishes

Keep in mind that there are many different wood finishes for dog houses. Some are flat and flush. Other have rough corrugations. When picking the right finish for your pet’s home, make sure you look for surfaces that have a very low chance of trapping debris, liquid waste, fur, or odor. In most cases, going with a flat surface is the best way but indented or corrugated surfaces may still make sense of the depressed parts are wide and shallow enough.

Make sure you pick the right wooden unit

Pay attention to the specific type of wood used for the unit. Some wood types are completely hypoallergenic, others require a dice roll. Sure, the latter might look really good. Some even have a distinctly pleasant smell. Unfortunately, if your pet develops an allergy to the wood type used for his or her house, the house has to go. You just wasted all your hard earned dollars on a home that provoked your pet’s allergies. I don’t want this to happen to you so you need to make sure you are fully aware of the type of wood your pet will be exposed to. Make sure there are no allergy issues down the road.

Wood may pose practical challenges depending on the size of your dog

Even if you have a very small dog, wood may pose a challenge because of safety issues. Depending on the specific construction of the outdoor dog house you’re considering, your dog might get crushed or penned in. Make sure you look for outdoor dog house models that use a unitary design. The less independent parts, the better. At the very least, go for a unit that is made of light weight parts. Just in case the worst case scenario materializes, you don’t have to hassle about safety issues.

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Time to go with plastic?

Now, now, you probably didn’t want to hear about this section. After all, this article is about wooden dog houses. But do yourself a big favor and keep an open mind. Even though you may have been drawn to wood primarily for its look and feel, don’t dismiss plastic flat out. Why? There are many plastic dog housing units that look like wood without having any of the hassles I mentioned above. Completely light weight, easy to disassemble and clean many plastic units definitely give wood models a run for their money. Don’t write off plastic. Considering everything that possibly go wrong, you’d be glad you did.

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.  

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