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Myth:   My dog is hot because his hair is too long

Truth:  A dog pants as a way of cooling him/herself off. Dogs don’t sweat through their skin the way humans do. A dog’s hair is not what keeps them too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter. It’s the undercoat or matting that is not allowing the proper temperature regulation. Examples of large dogs that have undercoat are Chow Chows, Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Great Pyrenees, Huskies, and Irish Setters. Shaving the hair/coat is not the solution. Brushing out the undercoat is.
Another reason that a dog gets overheated is because they are overweight. Please keep your dogs (and cats) at a healthy weight. Consider transitioning to a Raw or Homemade Diet, and make sure they get enough exercise.

Fresh Food

A fresh food diet for dogs and a meat/organ/bone diet for cats is in the animals best interest. Cats are obligate carnivores. They cannot digest and get nutrients from grains or legumes (or plant material, unless it is found in the stomach contents of their prey).

Feeding dry food (kibble) to a cat causes cavities in their back molars, as well as sets them up for early kidney, liver, and bladder diseases. Cats in the wild get the majority of their dietary water from the muscle and organ meat of their prey.

Dogs who are fed a fresh food diet, whether raw or lightly cooked, have found to be much healthier and live longer than dogs fed a dry food (kibble) diet. In order to process the dry food kibble, the original ingredients have to cooked at such a high temperature that the majority of original nutrition is cooked out. Then, after the fact, synthetic vitamins and fats are sprayed on the bits and (often) food coloring is added. Many dog and cat food kibbles also contain preservatives, like BHA and BHT, and toxic food coloring.

Contrary to popular belief, dry food does not clean teeth. Imagine eating a box of cookies. Do your teeth feel clean afterwards?

With this in mind, we no longer offer kennel-supplied kibble to boarding cats or dogs. If your dog or cat eats a dry food diet at home, please bring your preferred food while your pet stays with us.

We are happy to consult with you on how and what to feed in a species-appropriate, fresh food diet for your dogs and/or cats.

Black Mesa Kennels, LLC
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