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Doghouse Repair Month

Did you know that July is officially Doghouse Repair Month? Does your pooch have his own little doggy pad in the yard? If so, this is a great time to give your Fido’s doghouse a good cleaning. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet discusses doghouse repair.

Cleaning

Give Fido’s home a good scrubbing. If you keep bedding in Fido’s doghouse, give that a thorough cleaning as well. (Note: bedding in doghouses can attract fleas and pests, so you may just want to put down a carpet or mat.)

Inspection

Take a good look at your furry buddy’s outdoor home. Look for places where Fido may have tried to eat or chew his house. You’ll also want to check for large splinters and sharp parts, like nails or screws, that may be sticking out.

Setup

Fido’s doghouse should be in a shaded area, with the opening facing away from prevailing winds, at least in winter. Your canine companion may enjoy a breeze in summer, so you can move it seasonally if you like. The doghouse should be raised off the ground a bit. This will help keep it dry when it’s raining, and can keep critters out as well. If you want a door, try hanging thick strips of plastic from the opening.

Improvement

Want to really get that cute tail going? Add some fun features to your canine pal’s outdoor area. Your pooch may love a kiddie pool to splash around in on hot days. Fido may enjoy a sandbox, so he can bury treats and toys. Outdoor toys are also a hit with our furry friends, as are doggy decks. Another project is to change out the ground cover near the doghouse. Artificial turf is safe and pet friendly. Buffalo grass is another good choice.

Tips

While Fido may enjoy having an outdoor spot to hang out in when he’s in the yard, he will be safer, healthier, and happier living inside. Man’s Best Friend is part of the family, and will feel isolated, sad, and lonely if he spends all his time outdoors! Last but not least, when it’s time to replace your pup’s doghouse, pay close attention to the material. Choose something that offers great insulation. Be sure to avoid pressure-treated wood: it’s actually toxic to dogs.

Please call us, your local Fort Collins, CO pet clinic, anytime. We are always here to help!

Dog Care Hacks

Dogs are much more than just pets. They are our friends and companions, confidantes, and furry family members. Our canine pals offer us unconditional love and loyalty, and ask for little in return. Caring for Fido does require some time and work, but there are some things you can do to make your pup’s care regimen a little easier. A Fort Collins, CO vet lists some dog care hacks below.

Nail Trims

Keeping Fido’s claws trimmed is very important… but it isn’t always easy. Teach your pet the Gimme Paw trick. When Fido offers you his paw, play with his toes, run the clippers over them, then give him a treat and let go. This will help get Fido used to having his feet handled.

Doggy Walking Time

Designate a specific jacket for dog-walking. Keep some must-have items, such as waste baggies, a flashlight, spare keys, a carabiner, and gloves, in the pockets.

Fur Buster

Did you know that a squeegee is great at getting dog fur off your furniture? You can also use a damp sponge or a rubber dish glove.

Pet Clothes

Dogs with thin fur often need extra protection against the cold. Look for second-hand children’s clothes that can be repurposed into doggy wear. Just be sure to avoid anything that is tight, constricting, or itchy, as well as anything with buttons or loose threads.

Bath Time

Does Fido run when he hears the word Bath? To make him a bit more willing, have him get into the tub, then give him a treat and let him go. If your pup tends to splash water everywhere when being bathed, get a clear shower curtain, and cut slits in it. The cuts should be about four feet high, and shoulder-width apart. Put your arms through them when bathing your dog to avoid getting splashed.

Records

It’s always a good idea to keep your pup’s paperwork with you. Take clear pictures of them with your smartphone, so they’ll be in your gallery.

Calming Fido

Does your pooch become a furry ball of fear when a thunderstorm rolls through? Run an unscented dryer sheet over Fido’s fur when the sky darkens. This will reduce static electricity, which is one reason many dogs hate storms.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, today. We’re here to help!

Winter Care for Dogs

Winter is right around the corner. Is your dog ready for the cold weather? While our canine pals do have fur coats, they still need a bit of extra TLC to help keep them safe, healthy, and warm during the cold season. In this article, a Fort Collins, CO vet offers some advice on caring for your pooch in winter.

Grooming

Tangles, mats, and dead fur can make Fido’s fur less effective at keeping him warm. Brush your canine pal regularly.

Clothing

If your dog has thin fur, he may need some clothes to help him stay warm when the thermometer plunges. Pick up a good doggy sweater for your four-legged buddy. Be sure not to choose anything that is tight on him!

Paw Care

Snow, ice, sand, salt, and chemical de-icers are all harsh on Fido’s sensitive paws, and can cause painful burns and blisters. Use balm or wax to protect your pup’s furry feet. Keeping your dog’s nails and toe fur trimmed will help him get better traction on slippery surfaces.

Shelter

We always recommend that dogs live indoors, where they are safer, warmer, and happier. But if Fido does spend a lot of time in the yard, make sure he has suitable shelter outdoors.

Bedding

Offer your pet a nice, comfy bed to curl up in at night. If Fido is in his golden years, consider getting him a good, orthopedic doggy bed. Placement is also important: don’t put your pooch’s doggy bed in a chilly or drafty area.

Diet

Some dogs need extra calories in winter. If your dog is a senior, recovering from illness or surgery, or spends a lot of time outdoors, he may need bigger portions during the cold season. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Exercise

As the weather cools, you may opt to take your dog on shorter walks, rather than a leisurely stroll. To keep your pooch from becoming a couch potato, try to keep him active inside. Playing fetch is one great way to get Fido moving.

Ice

When walking your furry pal, don’t bring him too close to frozen bodies of water where there could possibly be thin ice. You don’t want to take any chances on your pet falling through!

Do you have any questions about your dog’s health or care? We can help! Please contact us, your Fort Collins, CO vet clinic, anytime.