Throughout the hot summer days I have watched people walking their pets in the afternoon when the heat bugs are singing loud and clear and all the heat warnings imaginable are posted on the news.
I don’t understand why people insist on pulling their animal to keep up to their pace when they are giving every signal in the world that they are too hot!
Pet’s just want to make us happy no matter what it puts them through and humans abuse this all the time.
Learning to read the signs and symptoms of heat stroke in your pet is very important!
When a dog begins dropping their head towards the ground, long tongue hanging out panting galore, frothing at the sides of the mouth, and slowing down their pace…this means STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING!
Next time you want to go out on a walk because you’re bored and its 30-40 degrees outside, do a couple tests before taking your pet with you:
-Put the back of your hand on the ground for 5 seconds and if you can’t hold it there – it’s TOO HOT TO WALK YOUR DOG!
-If you stand in the sun and feel the burning on your skin - any exposed part of your dog like their nose, muzzle and body (depending on fur length) is going to burn too
-If you feel the need to take off layers of clothes and put your hair up remember your pet can’t remove their fur it’s like wearing a winter coat outside (NO DON'T SHAVE OFF THE DOUBLE COAT THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER POST!)
-Make sure you carry water for your pet and not just yourself, every time you need to hydrate – your pet feels the same way
A lot of these points may seem like common sense, but the Veterinarian offices are seeing dogs coming in constantly due to heat stroke and blistered paws. Please be sensible when walking your pet and stay smart, hydrated and cool this summer with the hot weather!
Oh to often I get people asking me to make their dog look like a dog they saw on 'Youtube'. For starters many dogs that you see on there have been groomed once a week since they were a puppy. They are used to the process and understand that grooming is a good and relaxing experience. Secondly in order to get a certain style to your pet you need to maintain their coat at home before the Groomer can try and get the style you're looking for. Saying you want a puppy cut or just a trim on a matted dog, is like having dread locks and asking the hair dresser to give you Rapunzel like hair; it ain't gonna happen!
Every dog breed can use for a good brushing as this promotes healthy, shiny, and tangle free fur. Pretty much anything with a "Poodle" in it requires DAILY brushing, and about 15 minutes out of your day. This simple daily habit has so many benefits to your dogs comfort, reduces pain, and is actually a great bonding experience!
When fur/hair begins to tangle at the first stages we can usually brush those right out. But when the knots become worse and start to gather other surrounding hairs while clumping together and sticking to the skin, we call that 'matting or matts'. These can be extremely painful to a pet if you are trying to run a brush through them, they scratch them, lick them or lay on them. These matts cause the fur to become so hard and thick that the skin under neath can't breathe and the matt CAN ONLY be shaved off!
This leads us to the famous words of a Groomer, "we are going to have to shave them down, I'm sorry". Contrary to peoples belief this is a not a Groomer's way of being lazy and just wanting to shave all the hair off quickly. It's actually the only thing that can be done to your pet at this point because the fur has been neglected long enough for these matts to form.
Please always remember that your Groomer can not perform miracles on your pet without your involvement and helping to keep your pets hair healthy and maintained!
I often get clients asking me what type of brush they should be using on their pet and I love answering that question because it means the owner is wanting to be involved and educated!
For tips about which brush to use on your pets fur type, or what different tools do for getting out those pesky tangles; leave your question here!
Happy Grooming Everyone!
Well Groomed Mobile is based in Southern Ontario. Specializing in providing high quality pet grooming services for dogs and cats with a stress free at home grooming experience.