To shave or not to shave…..your dog that is

casperSummertime is here and it’s getting hotter outside. Now is the time of year people who want to keep their dog cooled off, shave their coat. While this is ok for some breeds other breeds it can do more harm than good. A Siberian Husky for example people think it is a good idea to shave but that actually removes the dogs natural sun protection and disrupts its ability to naturally cool down. When shaving a breed like a Husky the top layer known as the guard layer is removed exposing their skin to the elements. This can cause many problems but the most dangerous is the inability for the dog to properly regulate their body temperature. This could lead to heatstroke and heatstroke if not caught early and properly treated can lead to death. So before you take your dog to the groomer or bust out the shaver, read up on your dog breed and make sure shaving them is helping and not creating a potential disaster.

Summertime heat is on the way. Don’t lock your dog in the car!

hot-car-hot-oven2I see it every summer. Nice summer day, sun is out, time for a ride in the car with the dog. While I am out the phone rings and it’s the wife asking me to stop at the store. Not a problem I am out anyway and it will only take a few minutes. I stop at the store roll up the window but leave it cracked since the dog is in there and he needs fresh air. What people forget in that scenario is even though the windows are cracked the summertime heat will begin to build in the car. As your dog sits it will begin to pant to cool down. If your 10 minute stop turns into a longer one this situation could turn deadly for your dog. If you are traveling with your dog don’t leave it locked in a hot car. It doesn’t take much for heat stroke to set in or the police to show up and break the dog out.

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