Thinking of Shaving Your Pet for Summer?
Are you thinking of shaving your pet for summer? Maybe you already have. But, even though it makes sense, it might not be such a great idea after all.
An animal’s coat is designed to protect it, whether that means keeping it warm in the winter or keeping it cool in the summertime. Shaving your pet for summer may interfere with the way nature intended to regulate the animal’s body temperature.
Dogs’ coats are nature’s way of providing them with heat relief — like insulation. They have several layers of fur that are essential to your their comfort in the different weather temperatures, and that includes heat. Robbing your dog of this natural cooling system can lead to discomfort and overheat the dog.
Cats usually get away with not being shaved by their owners, which is a good thing. It’s easier for their bodies to shed some extra body heat than it is for dogs anyway. Cats will usually just get up and walk away from any hot area outdoors, or near a sunny window, into a cooler spot. There is no good reason to shave your healthy cat.
If there are exceptions about shaving your pet for summer, it will more than likely be with your dog. Although dogs’ coats are meant to regulate their body temperature like cats’ coats do, some dogs do have thicker coats than others. These may be dogs that may have initially originated in colder regions of the world.
If your dog has thick, long hair, then they may need a little help during the hotter periods of intense summer heat. Consider giving them a “summer trim,” leaving about an inch of hair behind though, to prevent possible sunburn. I recommend getting a dog groomer to do the job.
Dogs with thick coats naturally shed so that they have a lighter coat in the summer. Get a good quality dog brush for grooming to keep your dog’s fur free from matting and to help shed more hair. A well-brushed fur coat allows for better air circulation.
Never shave a short-haired dog. There’s no point, and it puts your dog at risk for sunburn.
Also, if your dog has matted hair, or hot spots, shaving your pet for summer might be recommended, but please seek the advice of your veterinarian first.
Do your best to keep your pets cool in hot weather by keeping fresh, clean water nearby at all times, keep them inside in extreme weather, and NEVER leave them in the car on a hot day. Take them for a swim, or get a kiddy pool in your backyard. They love this!
Have a fun, safe summer!
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