Ah, yes, one of the many topics pet owners can bond over. A true classic. There are even multiple dog smells to choose from. Wet dog is a definite favorite, followed closely by dog breath, and who could forget the beloved scent of old dog?
Well, we've been there, done that. Dog smell is just part of the package when you're a groomer. Stink is one of the many reasons owners show their pets a one-way destination to the tub. But what causes a dog to smell, aside from playing not-so-nice with a skunk, and how often is too often for a good, clean wash and dry?
Assess the stink:
Health is a common correlation to a smelly dog. Just like with people, a dog's body emits particular odors if ill or stressed. It is important to recognize what the natural smell of your dog is like, and appreciate them in good health.
What you can do to help:
Cars can heat up like an oven even if the windows are rolled down. Open windows actually have little effect on the internal temperature, and the hotter the day, the faster a car's temperature rises. With summer days currently ranging from 80° to 90° in Massachusetts, it can take 10 minutes or less for the inside of a car to turn deadly. The following video demonstrates how an NFL player can only last a short amount of time in a hot car before escaping the fatal heat:
As the video explains, Tyrann Mathieu could only last 8 minutes before leaving the car, but dogs do not have the ability to escape such conditions. At this point when dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, heatstroke can set in.
Symptoms of Heatstroke:
If you see a dog trapped in a car displaying these symptoms, there are ways to help. Firstly, it should be noted that in Massachusetts it is illegal to break into a car in order to remove an animal, but a bill for helping animals in hot cars is in the works. For now, the best scenario is to call local police or animal control immediately if the dog shows signs of heatstroke, and take down the vehicle's make, model, and license plate number. Alert nearby businesses and attempt to locate the owner. If possible, find other witnesses and do not leave the scene until the situation is resolved.
Of course the best way to prevent an emergency scenario is to not leave your pet inside a car, especially on a scorching hot day. Try not to travel with your dog if the temperature is too high, even going for a walk on a day where it is 80° can cause the pavement to burn a dog's paws. The ground can also reflect heat onto their bodies, which can lead to heatstroke. If the asphalt is too hot to touch, then it is too hot for your dog.
During these last few weeks of summer, remember that it's okay to relax once in awhile. Let your pets chill in front of the air conditioning, or in the shade of a backyard pool. Remember to stay hydrated, keep a water bowl out, take plenty of naps, and receive well-earned cuddles and kisses!
A summertime pool doodle doing what doodles do best.
You don't need to look far and wide to see that doodles are one of the top dogs in town. We see many doodles here at Buddies, of all sizes, shapes, colors, and mixes. From Labradoodles, to Goldendoodles, to Springerdoodles, and Bernedoodles, every dog is unique. While coat type among doodles can vary, one thing they all share in common is maintenance!
One of the first important steps in caring for your doodle is to get them used to grooming at an early age. Regular brushing should be done when puppies are 3 to 4 months old to familiarize them with being handled, especially around their paws and back-end.
Around a year of age, doodles will lose their puppy coat and grow an adult coat. Since doodles do not shed frequently, they have no way of getting rid of their old coat while the new one grows in. Brushing is the best method to strip out the old coat, or else it will tangle with the new hair growing in. Around this age it is common for groomers to shave down the coat if we see a doodle that is matted.
Matting causes your pet discomfort, as it pulls on the skin. Dogs actually have skin much thinner than a human's, so any mat bigger than a thumb will need attention. Buddies does not practice de-matting, which can be painful for your pet. The best way and least stressful for your pet is to have the mats cut out professionally by a groomer, and to shave or trim the coat down. If you cannot run a comb through your dog's fur, then they are most likely matted.
We recommend bringing in your doodle to be groomed every 4-6 weeks. Some owners prefer to have their doodle shaved down two to three times a year so their coat requires less maintenance at a short length. Even when shaved down, it is good to start fresh and continue brushing the new coat that grows in. Maintaining your doodle's coat between grooming will keep your pet happy and healthy!
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