With Business Insider Australia* reporting that millennials in the US are spending upwards of $US400 on designer dog clothes, Australia’s leading dog groomer, Emily Myatt is warning Australians against overdoing the trend this winter.

She joins Dave to discuss how we can look after our dogs as the days get colder. Suggesting not only are dogs at risk of overheating if a coat isn’t needed or left on for too long, but skin irritations and matting of coats can arise.

Coating up a canine weakens its ability to regulate its own body temperature and a too high temperature is more detrimental to a dog than a lower temperature.  Skin sores from the friction against the skin can also present if a dog is wearing a coat for a long period time.

Unnecessary clothing on dogs for excessive periods of time can also cause coats to matt – not only is it uncomfortable for the dog but it can be dangerous resulting in bacterial infections that trap moisture and in rare cases, can require surgery to remove dead skin cells.

“More often than not, dogs aren’t being groomed as regularly throughout the winter months – couple that with unnecessary clothing for long periods of time can make for a really uncomfortable dog.  Come spring time, dogs are being dropped to groomers with horrific matting and the only option is to fully clip the fur because to try brush it out is just too stressful and painful for a dog.  Pet owners that can’t resist dressing up their dogs really need to keep up the brushing and grooming routine throughout winter – and limit the amount of time a dog is dressed up,” said Emily Myatt.

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There are times, under veterinary advice, when a coat can be required for a dog such as loss of hair due to alopecia, a skin issue or even a senior dog which is more susceptible to the change in weather.

With more than 20 years’ local and international experience, Emily Myatt is Australia’s leading qualified pet groomer, stylist and pet grooming educator.

TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

It’s going to be a ruff day in the office on Friday 21 June 2019 with businesses across Australia taking part in the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day celebration.

Created 21 years ago by Pet Sitters International, Take Your Dog to Work Day encourages employers and employees to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community and promote adoption.

But before you put your pooches paws to work Australia’s leading dog groomer, Emily Myatt, has put together her top tips for a pawsome day on the job.

BEFORE TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

  • Check to see that your business organisation is taking part and that dogs on the premises comply with landlord and/or building management
  • Make sure your workplace is safe and appropriate for pooches – puppy-proof your work space by removing or organising any loose wiring as well as poisonous plants and put away any toxic items
  • Check with co-workers to ensure no one is allergic to dogs or has a phobia/fear of dogs – some people have severe allergies to pet dander that can cause asthma symptoms as well as rashes
  • Review vaccinations to ensure they are current, and your dog is in good health
  • Consider how your canine has behaved in the past around people and other dogs – if your dog has shown fear and/or irritability, the workplace is not the best place for Fido
  • First impressions count – make plans to have your pup bathed and groomed before accompanying you to work

ON TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

  • Exercise your dog before you enter your workplace to reduce their energy levels and excitement
  • Pack your pet’s favourite toys, bedding, food, toilet bags and lead – these ‘comfort’ items will ensure your pooch feels safe, relaxed and occupied in the new environment
  • Dedicate a destination near or under your desk for your dog with their bedding as an area they can sleep
  • Plan your pet’s feeding times around your work schedule and monitor treats your co-workers give your pet – remembering chocolate, sweets and human food should not be shared with dogs due to their toxicity
  • Factor in toilet breaks for your pooch and use your lunch break to take your pawsome pal for a long walk
  • Don’t force your pooch upon your co-workers and be respectful of your colleagues working
  • Ensure you have an exit strategy should your canine become overly boisterous, agitated, or withdrawn