Does Your Dog Get Hot Spots?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


It's fairly common for dogs to regularly lick specific areas of their body. Although that behavior isn't problematic on its own, you should keep an eye out for licking that progresses to biting or excessive scratching. When a dog starts doing that, it can cause the upper layer of the skin to get infected. The scientific name for this infection is pyotraumatic dermatitis, but it's more commonly referred to as a hot spot.


Understanding the Causes of Hot Spots


A dog usually won't start biting or scratching parts of its body for no reason. Instead, this behavior generally starts with an insect bite, allergic reaction or other issue that causes itching. In an attempt to get rid of the itch, a dog will begin by licking the area. When that fails to provide relief, a dog will take more aggressive actions like biting or scratching. The unfortunate reality is instead of getting rid of the itch, this approach only makes the problem worse. A dog can easily end up with spots of skin that are red and raw.


Two of the most common areas for dogs to develop hot spots are their rear ends and behind their ears. The first location generally stems from flea-allergy dermatitis, while the second can happen if a dog has an unaddressed ear infection. Dogs with longer coats are most at risk of developing hot spots. This condition is also most likely to occur during the hottest and most humid times of the year.


How to Help Your Dog with a Hot Spot


If you ever notice that your dog is starting to scratch or bite part of its body a lot, you'll want to take a closer look at that spot. What you see can range from a mild irritation to skin that's completely raw. For a hot spot that falls into the mild irritation category, you may be able to help your dog by using a natural cream.


With hot spots that are already raw or one that continues to get worse, the best course of action is to visit your vet. There are two significant ways that your vet will be able to help with a hot spot. The first is accurately identifying the underlying cause. Not only will this help to break the itch-scratch cycle, but it will also help to minimize the likelihood of a hot spot coming back.


The other way your vet will be able to help is by assessing the hot spot and preventing or treating any infection. Depending on the severity of the hot spot, a vet may utilize anti-inflammatory medications, topical antiseptics or a local treatment for the wound. Options like a T-shirt or e-collar may also be used to prevent further irritation to the hot spot so that it has an opportunity to heal.

Important Winter Care Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

 

It's true that dogs have a much more robust natural coat than humans. However, that doesn't mean dogs can handle the really cold temperatures we experience in Cincinnati without any help. Because domestic dogs are used to being taken care of by their owners, the same applies during the winter.


The good news is by knowing a few essential winter care tips, you'll be able to keep your pup happy and healthy through even the worst winter days. So with that in mind, let's take a look at exactly what your dog needs from you when the temperature drops really low:


1. Grooming


Dry skin and flaky coats are common issues during the winter. You can help your dog by using a moisturizing shampoo and limiting the number of bathes it gets during the winter months. Frequent brushing is also a great way to get rid of skin flakes and stimulate good skin circulation.


2. Cold Weather Gear


A good rule of thumb is if it's too cold for you to go out without some type of coat, the same is true for your dog. It's worth looking into different coat and sweater options for your pup. You should also see if any protective footwear options make sense for your dog.


3. Walks


You may ultimately decide that booties aren't the right fit for your dog. If that's the case, there are also cream products that can create a protective barrier on your dog's feet during walks. You'll want to check your dog's feet when you get home and clean off any debris. As you're out for a walk, be sure to keep an eye out for anti-freeze or other chemicals on the ground. And if your dog is whining or showing other signs of anxiety, it probably means it's just too cold that day for a walk.


4. Winter Safety


In addition to avoiding chemicals that may spill on the sidewalk, don't ever leave your dog alone in the car. While this warning is more common during the summer, the extreme temperatures of winter can be just as dangerous. And if you have extra devices like space heaters plugged in around your home, make sure your dog can't get to the extension cords or any hot surfaces.


5. Hydration


Just as the winter is still a dangerous time to be alone in a car, it's possible for dogs to get dehydrated during the colder months. Make sure your dog always has a clean bowl of fresh water easily available.


By keeping those five tips in mind, you'll be able to help your dog manage the cold weather of winter. And if you're looking for a place where you dog can still have lots of fun even when the weather is bad, be sure to take a look at our doggie daycare.

Does My Dog Need a Summer Cut?

Posted by Dawn Donaldson


Now that the weather is hotter outside, it's normal to want to be sure that your dog is as comfortable as possible throughout the day. This often leads dog owners to think about giving their pet a summer haircut. While it's easy to understand why this is such a common thought, we want to share a little more information so you know the most effective ways to keep your pet cool.


Summer Shaves Actually Aren't the Best Option


In most cases, there's nothing wrong with giving your dog a summer trim. However, it's important to be aware that there is a difference between a regular haircut and a significant shave. Because the weather outside is hotter, people often think they should go shorter than normal with their dog's cut. However, most veterinarian experts say this isn't the best option. The reason is dogs have much different hair than humans.


So while shortening your hair during this season may help you stay cool, the same isn't automatically true for dogs. In the case of dogs that have thicker coats, a trim can help them remain as comfortable as possible on hot days. Just be sure to leave at least an inch of their coat. With shorter-haired breeds, leaving their hair as is works best. Taking this approach will help protect them from sunburns, which can be an issue for all sizes and breeds of dogs.


5 Tips for Staying Cool This Summer


Since it can get quite hot in Ohio during the summer, we want to share several different ways you can ensure your dog stays cool and comfortable. The first two are making cool & fresh water available, as well as providing shelter from the sun for your dog. Our third tip is to keep your dog inside when the temperature gets really high.


As a general rule, days when the temperature hits triple digits are best spent inside. The fourth thing is to brush often. Daily brushing is actually a great way to remove your dog's dead undercoat and let it enjoy maximum skin circulation. And finally, never leave your dog in a parked car during the summer. It only takes minutes for a vehicle's interior to get dangerously hot, so always bring your pet inside on errands or just let it stay at home.


Refresh Your Dog with Our Spa Services


Like we mentioned above, consistent brushing is a great way to keep your dog cool and comfortable during the summer. If you want to start your dog's summer off right, our basic doggy spa service includes a bath, blow dry and brushing. We also offer Pawdicures. If you have any questions about these services or want to schedule an appointment, you can reach us at 513-860-DOGS.

How Often to Bathe Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Most dogs and even their owners tend to dread bath time due to the time and effort it requires. However, it’s a very important part of keeping a dog’s coat and skin healthy. Regular bathing also helps to make sure they are clean, free of dirt and parasites. There are a few factors that can help determine how often a dog needs bathed.


Type of Coat


Dogs do not need a daily scrub down, but do require regular baths. One of the several factors that influence the schedule of a dog’s bath is the type of coat. Monthly baths will work for most dogs, but some of them will need a different schedule:


1. Oily Coat


Most dogs with oily coats like the Basset Hounds may need a bath as frequently as once a week.


2. Short Hair with Smooth Coats


Dogs such as Beagles and Weimaraners do not require frequent baths. They do just fine having their bath time less often than other dogs. This is similar with short-coated Basenjis, which are fastidious with their personal hygiene and rarely need bathed.


3. Water Repellent Coats


Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees have water repellent coats and require less frequent bathing. This help them to preserve their natural oils.


4. Thick and Double Coats


Dogs with thick and double coats like Malamutes and Samoyeds thrive best with fewer baths. However, they will need extra brushing to get rid of loose and dead hair. Brushing them also help distribute natural oils, which keeps the dog's skin and coat healthy.


Dog Activities


If a dog likes playing in puddles, pools, rivers or lives in the country and does a lot of rolling everywhere, then he will require more frequent bathing as compared to a dog that lives in an apartment. However, it is important not to bathe a dog more than needed because this will strip their coats of natural oils, which can lead to dryness. Dry fur is prone to frizz, mats, irritation and dandruff.


Dog Shampoo and Conditioners


A dog’s skin may become dry or irritated when using some shampoo brands. When this happens, bathing should be done less often or with a different type of shampoo. Organic variants containing oatmeal, essential oils and natural extracts from leaves are best for sensitive dogs. These even help with healing the skin of injured dogs. The use of conditioners can also help determine a dog’s bathing schedule. Some conditioners include ingredients which repel odor. They also provide a source of moisture from essential oils as a remedy to dryness. 


If you want to keep up with your dog’s bathing schedule but are simply too busy to do so, we can help. Our spa services include baths complete with a blow dry and brush out. We also offer a shed-less treatment, shed-less package and pawdicures. You can easily schedule an appointment for your dog by calling us at 513-860-DOGS.

Spring Grooming Tips for Your Dog

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Now that the weather is heating up in Cincinnati, you can enjoy spending more quality time with your dog outdoors. While temperatures aren’t yet at the levels they’ll hit during the peak of summer, a dog may still get quite hot after spending so much time inside. One way to help keep your dog’s temperature at an optimal level is through spring grooming. By following just a few guidelines, you’ll be able to keep your dog looking and feeling its best.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Heavy Winter Coat

It’s common for dogs to grow a heavier coat during the cold months of winter. Although this type of coat is more obvious in some breeds than others, it’s pretty common across the canine spectrum. Once spring arrives and temperatures start going up, these heavier coats can get matted. And loose hair that doesn’t get matted can end up everywhere. The extent of shedding will depend on a dog’s breed. However, just about any kind of dog will benefit from lots of brushing during spring.

In terms of how to brush your dog, the best tool to use will depend on whether it has a coat that’s short, medium, long or undercoat. Once you find the best tool for your dog’s specific coat, you’ll want to brush in the direction that the hair grows. For mats, be sure to untangle them with your fingers instead of trying to break them up through brute force.

While some dogs may be easy enough to brush out in a short session, others may require more frequent brushing spread out over shorter sessions. And to get the best results from a solid spring brushing, be sure to promptly follow up with a bath. Just like people, a dog’s coat can dry out during the colder winter months, which is why you may want to include a conditioner in your bath routine.

Call a Professional

In addition to taking some grooming steps on your own, it’s also great to take advantage of professional help. At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re proud to offer a a variety of great spa services. Our bath service with blow dry and brush is a great way to freshen your dog. You can maximize freshness by adding a blueberry facial.

Despite your best efforts to follow the tips above, your dog’s shedding may be driving you crazy. Fortunately, our shed-less treatment or shed-less package are very effective at dealing with this issue. Complete your dog’s spring grooming with one of our thorough pawdicures. If you have any questions about our spa services or would like to schedule an appointment, you can easily reach us by calling 513-860-DOGS.


2016 is officially here, and even though it’s highly unlikely that your dog will make any resolutions on its own, the start of the new year is the perfect time to take a look at different ways that you can make the next twelve months truly awesome for yourself and your faithful companion. To help you kickoff your brainstorming, we’ve put together five different resolutions that you can make on behalf of yourself and your dog:


1. Minimize Mindless Snacking


After enjoying lots of delicious holiday food, it can be daunting to look at the scale. If you want to shed a few pounds during the first quarter of 2016, cutting mindless snacking is a simple but effective way to bolster your goal. In addition to being conscious about your own snacking habits, you should also resolve to avoid giving your dog table food snacks. Cutting these types of snacks will help keep your dog at an ideal weight for health and overall happiness.


2. Be Active for Thirty Minutes a Day


Even though 30 minutes a day of walking may not sound like a lot for you and your dog, the cumulative effect over the course of 12 months is quite significant. If you want to keep track of how much walking you’ve racked up, a device like a FitBit is a great way to stay motivated.


3. Floss and Brush


Most of us don’t floss our gums as often as we should. If you’re resolving to maximize your oral health by adding this activity to your routine, you should do the same for your dog in regards to brushing. Brushing your dog’s teeth just once a week with a paste that includes fluoride can significantly reduce their risk for a variety of oral health problems.


4. Take Action Towards Bad Habits


Although none of us are perfect, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to change. Once you identify any bad habits that you want to remedy, you should take action as soon as possible. That’s just as true for human habits as it is for any behavioral issues you want to fix in your dog.


5. Pamper Yourself and Your Pooch

Treating yourself to a day at the spa is a great way to get away from all the stress of daily life and truly relax. What’s really great about this experience is even after the day is over, you’ll be able to enjoy a sense of rejuvenation for weeks to come. That’s why we highly recommend booking this kind of day for yourself in the next month or two. And when you do, you can treat your dog to the same kind of rejuvenating experience. Head over to our services page to learn about spa treatments like baths and pawdicures that we offer for dogs.