It’s So Hot! Should You Shave Your Dog to Keep Them Cool?

For people, it makes sense to trim long hair during the hottest months of the year, but this is not the case for dogs. Instead of adding to their safety and comfort, shaving their coats too close to the skin not only exposes them more severely to the elements, but provides little defense against the heat. 

It’s counterintuitive at best, but if you’re wondering if you should shave your dog this summer the answer may be a resounding “no”.

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Dogs have especially thin skin, a fact that necessitates the importance of a clean, mat-free coat of hair. Their coat actually keeps them warm all winter long and cools them down when they get hot. In other words, when you shave your dog down to their skin, they actually have less protection against the heat, not more. 

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Frito Bandito: What Does My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips

If you have ever had the unfortunate whiff of your pet’s feet, it may have reminded you of something. That’s right, Frito’s! Many pet owners come to us asking why their dogs’ paws smell like corn chips. Is it just a thing with them? Is it an infection? Fungus? 

This common quandary is one that is easily explained. Your friends at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital can answer your question as well as offer some solutions to the funky feet problem.

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The Pet Hair Battle: Getting It Under Control for Good

pet haitrIf you share your space with a dog or cat, you share your space with their fur. Pet hair seems to have a mind of its own, working its way onto our clothing, furniture, carpets, and every nook and cranny imaginable, regardless of our unceasing attempts to banish it from our homes.

Here at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we deal with pet hair just as much as anyone, and over the years we have come up with a variety of effective ways to keep it under control.

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