Tips To Keeping Your Dog Cool
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The dog days of summer are here! With the upper 90's in the forecast by the end of the week here are a couple things that can can help your four-legged best friend beat the heat.
Amber Moore is a groomer at A Dog's Best Friend. She says, "As a groomer I have seen paw pads worn down. They start to tear." The asphalt or pavement can be 10 to 15 degrees hotter than the actual temperature. Remember if you wouldn't walk barefoot on the sidewalk, don't make your dog.
Rafael Lopez is a dog owner and he does not walk his dog in the dead heat, "Instead of walking him in the afternoon around 3 or 4 we'll wait until the sun's starting to go down." This great idea to keep fido healthy.
Moore says a big misconception during the summer months is that shaving your dog's fur will keep them cool, "Everyone wants to get their dogs shaved but that's a number one no no."
VP of Operations for the Humane Society of Charlotte says without that protection dogs can over heat and develop skin problems, "One of the biggest problems is they get sunburned.
If your dog's hair is shedding like Shadie's is don't shave your dogs hair off, ferminate your dog." that's when you use shampoo and conditioner to open the pores, and loosen the hair. A blower and a deshedding tool will free 90% of the hair keeping your dog cool during hot, humid days.