Is a Dirt Floor With Shavings Safe for My Dog Kennel?

by Jen Davis
    Your dog's living environment should be as comfortable as possible.

    Your dog's living environment should be as comfortable as possible.

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    The floor of your dog kennel can be more important than you initially might think. Choosing the wrong type of flooring for your kennel can make your dog uncomfortable or even lead to him developing health problems. A dirt floor covered with shavings can be adequate in your dog's kennel, but it must be maintained properly or problems can occur.

    Dirt flooring is easily accessible and very inexpensive. Dirt is also soft and cool enough to be comfortable when your dog lies on it for long periods of time.

    The downside of dirt flooring is that the kennel can become muddy with rain, is difficult to adequately clean or sterilize and your dog can dig his way out of the kennel if he decides to do so. If you are going to use dirt flooring, place the kennel on high ground which is unlikely to flood.

    Shavings can help make a dirt floor more comfortable for your dog. Avoid shavings that are extremely dusty, as these can irritate your dog's respiratory system and cause allergic reactions. Change the shavings whenever they are soiled.

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    About the Author

    Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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