SoBo Dog Daycare & Spa
1624 Beason St.
Locust Point, MD 21230
Dontell-Sasser started her career at SoBo Dog Daycare & Spa as a Dog Daycare Attendant in 2011. She was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager and is now General Manager. While Dontell-Sasser said she would love to open her own dog daycare some day, she loves working at SobBo Dog Daycare & Spa. The owner, Bill Link, started the dog daycare and spa business back in 2009. Dontell-Sasser said at SoBo, dogs and their owners get top-of-the-line quality care, highly trained staff, and most importantly, each employee cares for every single dog as if they were our own. SoBo Dog Daycare & Spa has hundreds of clients who use SoBo for all their daycare or boarding needs.
There’s nothing more refreshing and relaxing than sitting down in the nice cold air conditioning after running around and getting hot and sweaty. Dogs only sweat through their glands in their feet only a small amount. Dontell-Sasser said the only other defense their body has is panting. Air conditioning is one of the quickest ways to cool a dog or cat down. Air conditioning is a guaranteed way to keep your pet cool on hot days.
SoBo Dog Daycare & Spa fills baby pools with water for dogs to play and keep cool. Dontell-Sasser said baby pools should be emptied and refilled every 30 to 45 minutes to keep the water clean and cold. On really hot days, staff drop ice cubes in to the baby pools. She said many dogs love to chases ice cubes. Cooling off in baby pools helps keep the dogs cool while they are playing outside and keeps them from over heating.
Dontell-Sasser said the English Bulldogs at SoBo Dog Daycare & Spa love the tile floors. There are certain breeds of dogs that do not do well in heat particularly pugs, bulldogs and elderly dogs. She suggests that one of the best ways to keep a dog cool if it is warm inside the building is having the dog lay on the tile floors. Lying on a cool tile floor keeps their body heat down while they pant. On really hot days, all dogs are kept inside for health reasons. She said when the air conditioning is on, the tile floors get super cold and help the dogs stay happy, healthy and relaxed in a cool climate.
Just like any living creature, water is the key essential to keeping cool. Drink lots of water. Whether dogs drink it or play in it. Water keeps pets hydrated and can keep an animal’s body heat from rising too high. Overheating can lead to heat exhaustion for pets. Dogs and cats must always have water at all times to avoid potentially fatal heat hazards.
“It is impossible to keep cool on a day where it is 85 degrees outside and not a cloud in the sky if you do not have some sort of shade to protect you,” Dontell-Sasser said. Pets need shade. An umbrella, awning, or canopy can make your pet feel 15 degrees cooler. Dogs and cats can suffer from heat exhaustion very quickly if they do not have some sort of shade in the summer time. Pets can only pant to keep themselves cool.
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