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Ask a Groomer: Should I shave my dog?

Should I Shave my Golden Retriever to keep him cool in the summer?
-Laurie M.

We hear that question all the time in grooming! There are several risks when shaving a double coat breed like a Golden Retriever.

First, dogs only sweat from their paws so having a long coat doesn’t generally significantly affect their body temperature.

Unfortunately, sometimes the hair will not grow back the same, meaning your dog’s coat may be sparse and coarse.  You also run the risk of your dog over heating, which sounds like the opposite of what you would expect, but let me explain why

Double coated breeds (like golden retrievers and corgis) have two layers of fur.

  • The outer layer is a coarse coat which protects them from the heat and sun.
  • The under coat is thicker and softer and keeps them warm in the cold. 

Some people prefer to shave their dogs to prevent the shedding and keep their dog cool, but when you do that you remove both their air conditioner as well as their heater. This means your dog may actually be warmer, and can even overheat on hot summer days when shaved.

A deshed is the perfect solution since it removes that undercoat while leaving their top coat, their air conditioning layer.

golden retriever de-shed at bayside pet resort of osprey

If the undercoat is left to build up it can make your dog hot, which is why regular brushing is vital as the weather gets warmer. Our Deshed process includes a Low-Shed shampoo and Deshedding conditioner, which work together to loosen the follicles of the undercoat.  We then use a combination of brushing and blow drying to get that undercoat out, keeping your dog nice and cool!

When done regularly (every 6-8 weeks) a deshed can reduce shedding up to 90%! Your dogs coat will feel softer and lighter, while still being beautiful and shiny.

by Aubrey Bird, Grooming Manager
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Hot Dogs and Desheds

Hot Dogs and Desheds

by Aubrey Bird

While summer may be coming to a close and kids are thinking about going back to school, it’s not fall yet and boy is it hot out there!  Dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like their humans do (they sweat a small amount from their paw pads but it doesn’t significantly affect their body temperature), so their main method of cooling themselves is to pant.  However, August in Florida is quite a hot place to be, and sometimes panting just isn’t enough.  Here are some great tips to keep your dog cool during the hottest month of the year!
  1. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean water.
  2. Brush your dog regularly to keep undercoat to a minimum, or get a deshed from a groomer.
  3. Whip up some homemade frozen treats using things like chicken broth or yogurt.  Some recipes for homemade pup-sicles.
  4. Make sure your dog always has plenty of shelter from the sun, dogs with short hair can get sunburned like you!
  5. Get your dog a small pool to splash around in! Don’t have room for a pool?  Bring your dog to Daycare at one of our resort locations and they’ll get plenty of pool time!  Our Locations
  6. Try a “cooling dog bed”.  These usually have a gel insert which helps keep pets comfortable.  Example of a cooling mat

 

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Dog Days of Summer: Beating the Heat

Summertime brings high temps and humidity here in Florida! Here are some fun activities for your pup during the dog days of summer.

  1. Splash Party: Kiddy pools are inexpensive at most retailers and sometimes you can even find a free one in your neighborhood! After filling the pool, try adding a bag or two of ice. This will help keep the water from getting warm in the sun and as an added bonus, many dogs love to chomp on ice cubes!

  2. Indoor Kiddy Pool Fun: If your dog doesn’t care too much for water games, try bringing the kiddy pool inside. Fill it up with all of their favorite toys and hide a couple of treats in the bottom. It’s a simple way to keep them out of the heat while still burning up their energy.

  3. Puzzles & Games: Watching your dog solve a puzzle is a lot more fun than it sounds. Get a muffin tin, put a yummy treat into each cup, and then place a tennis ball on top. Make sure your pup sees the treat in the cup before you cover it! Sit back and watch as your pup figures out how to get the snack. Once they start to master it, up the difficulty by only placing treats under some of the balls.

  4. Homemade Pupsicles: Kids and dogs alike LOVE popsicles! They’re so easy to make with ingredients that are probably already in your home. Try filling an ice cube tray with unsalted chicken broth and water (adjust amounts for your dog’s taste and belly). If you’d like, add a small treat in the middle like watermelon, carrot, and broccoli.Homemade Pupsicles at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLHave some tips and tricks we haven’t listed? Let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for fun ways to engage and challenge our furry friends.
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Summer Camp 2016 – Pics & Vids

We’re not really sure whether it was us or the dogs that had more fun with Summer Camp 2016!

During Week 1 we focused on training by practicing basic obedience, learning new games with agility equipment, and working on keep focused amidst distractions.

Week 2 was Water Park fun! The pups got to have fun trying new experiences with different water games and toys. “Ice Cream Social” seemed to be one of the campers’ favorite activites!

After 2 weeks of fun, the attention of Week 3 was on health and safety education. While mom & dad got articles with healthy tips, their fur-babies spent time enjoying healthy exercise activities.

We hope you enjoy viewing some of the fun!

Black Standard Poodle in Pool at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLDog Painting at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL
Dogs hanging out poolside at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLWhite German Shepherd Playing with Edible Bubbles at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLGolden Retriever/Lab Mix at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FL White German Shepherd at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLGolden Retriever at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLParti Poodle at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FL  Boston Terrier playing with hose at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FL Siberian Husky puppy playing with bubbles at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL  Morkie in agility tunnel at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Boxer playing with water sprinkler at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Mini Doodle playing in pool at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Mini Doodle enjoying popsicle at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Happy dogs at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FLWhite German Shepherd at Bayside Pet Resort in Osprey, FLGolden Retriever sitting on his brother at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FLWeimaraner running with ball at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Weimaraner jumping at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL  Mini Doodle napping at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL Australian Cattle Dog sleeping at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota, FL

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Bayside Cam: Sunny & Koda

We’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with our new puppy-mounted camera. We are so happy to have a way to share all of the funny, silly, cute stuff we get to see during daycare! Special thanks to Sunny and Koda for being patient, happy participants in this adventure!

Check out the view from both large dog and small dog daycare:

Large Dog

 

Small Dog

 

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Easter Seals Pet Portraits

Easter Seals of Southwest Florida has begun commissioning beautiful hand painted pet portraits! Easter Seals Pet Portraits

 

Their artists can paint portraits of any pet, including dogs, cats, birds and horses. All portraits are painted on canvas and can be framed for an additional cost. Prices vary depending upon completed size of portrait.

 

 

 

 

To place an order or discuss pricing please contact:

Viktoria Bridgeford at

Easter Seals Southwest Florida , 350 Braden Ave, Sarasota, Florida 34243

941.355.7637 ext. 444

Vbridgeford@easterseals-swfl.org

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Bow Wow Luau – $11,705.86 for Satchel’s

WOW! We are so thankful for all who came out and partied with us to benefit Satchel’s Last Resort Animal Shelter/Sanctuary. A special thank you to our owners, Robert & Lynne Huff for generously matching donations! With the community’s help, Satchel’s was able to add $11,705.86 to their medical fund, meaning bright futures for so many more pets!

Bow Wow Luau was an absolute blast for all of our two-legged and four-legged friends.

Check out all of the pictures on our Facebook page.

Here is a clip of Suncoast News Network’s coverage of the event:

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Bradenton Bridge to remain open

State officials have heard us and Bridges of America in Bradenton will remain open!

Check us out in this Suncoast News Network coverage:

We are so proud to be a small part of these women’s inspiring journeys and look forward to continuing to support the Bradenton Bridge.

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Bow Wow Luau – May 22, 2016

Aloha! You’re Invited!

Come join us poolside at Bayside Pet Resort of Osprey on May 22 from 4PM-7PM. Stop by and enjoy the live music, hula dancing lessons, and light refreshments. Hawaiian attire is encouraged!

Bow Wow Luau Poster

Click here to purchase tickets!

Tickets are also available for purchase at all Bayside Pet Resort locations.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Dogs with proof of vax: $5

All proceeds benefit Satchel’s Last Resort Animal Sanctuary

Satchels Last Resort Logo

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Suncoast Pet Magazine Cover Photo Contest: Winners & Top 10

Congratulations to the winners of our Suncoast Pet Magazine Cutest Pet Cover Photo Contest, Jake & Elwood!

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Now, we need your help choosing runners-up from the top ten!

 

Check out the photos below and submit your vote for who you think should be # 1

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