on Jun 05, 2017

Important facts about keeping your Dog & Cat hydrated at all times

The best thing you can do this summer for your pets is to help them keep themselves cool. To to that takes a small effort on your part
Make sure the have plenty of water. On really hot days adding ice cubes in your pets water bowl. The prime way dogs cool themselves is pay panting. Make sure you provide a shaded area if you leave your dogs outside. Pets have a higher body temperature than humans 100 - 103 degrees. So when its that hot or hotter outside, it can be difficult for pets to keep cool through panting. try to bring your pets inside on those hot days.
We suggest you add water to the kibble during feeding as this assist in hydration, this helps in digestion, When your dog’s dehydrated, the colon overcompensates, resulting in harder stools that are more difficult to pass. 
Brushing your pet is way to remove dead undercoat, it helps air circulate near the skin, keeping pets cooler. Bring your Dogs to Dirty Dogs for a U-Do-It-Scrub where we provide all you need to clean, brush and dry your dog, best of all you leave the mess with us.
If your pet does over heat take to your very right away. Signs that your pet may be overheated include problems breathing, excessive panting, drooling, weakness, stupor, and an elevated heart rate. Symptoms can also include seizures, vomiting, a temperature over 104 F, and bloody diarrhea.

Questions we get asked; I want to shave my dog to protect him from the heat…

A pet’s coat is designed by nature to keep it cool during the summer and warm in the winter. By shaving your pet, you usually interfere with this built-in temperature regulation.
Cats, in particular, are very good at regulating body temperature, and really get no benefit from being shaved.
Humans have bred dogs to have thicker coats, and these breeds can use help cooling off during summer’s heat. If you have a dog with a very thick coat, who seems to suffer from the heat, some veterinarians suggest shaving them when the mercury rises. Resist shaving shorter-haired breeds because not only do they get no benefit from it, but they also run the risk of sunburn once shaved. You may also want to shave a dog that stays outside all the time, has a matted coat, and is likely to be wet often. In these circumstances, a dog can develop an unpleasant condition called myiasis — maggots in the fur.
Do not think of doing it yourself. It’s a safer to take your pet to a groomer, Dirty Dogs can help you with shaving your dog, than to have to pay a vet for a wound correction. Our Stylist are trained in breed specific needs when shaved as they know the amount of hair or fur to leave when shaving your pet. This gives your pet enough coat to protect from sunburn and chilly summer nights. Shaving your dog close to the skin, Not only do you raise the risk of painful sunburn, but a close shave can leave guard hair imbedded under the skin. New hair won’t grow until these ends fall out, causing irregular growth and often skin problems.

Dirty Dogs offer a full service Cage-Free Grooming and self serve wash tubs. stop by our 5 locations for asisstance 


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