Health Considerations for Building a Dog House
The principle of a dog house is to provide a safe, weatherized area for your pet. The materials you use, size and location play an integral part if keeping your outdoor dog out of harm’s way. Important things to consider before tackling this project include:
- Budgeting your materials
- Potential hazards in your area
- Size of the dog
The dog house you build should never increase dog health risks. While pressure treated lumber seems the logical choice for waterproof building materials, pressure treated wood often contains arsenic. Puppies and dogs have a strong urge to chew when bored often leading to a sick dog from poisoning. Cedar is non-toxic, water resistant and also repels many biting and stinging insects.
If your dog likes to climb on top of structures, do not place shingles on the dog house’s roof. Shingles heat up in the sun and will burn the dog’s paws.
Raise the Dog House Floor
No matter where you live, add a floor to your dog’s new shelter. Keeping your dog above ground level promotes dog health by keeping him dry, await from poisonous insects such as scorpions and out of range of fleas, ticks and parasitic worms.