Summer Grooming to Keep Them Cool
August 15, 2011 -
When thinking of ways to keep your dogs cool this summer a haircut is usually one of the first things that comes to mind, but, in truth, a hair cut is not the only way and certainly not always the best approach to a cooled-down summer for your pet.
Most dogs have a coat that grows to a specific length and then stops growing. This is what you’ll find with your Labrador Retriever, Beagle and Rottweiler breeds who won’t need a cut for summer but will benefit from shedding treatments and regular baths. Other dog breeds, including Poodles, Schnauzers, and Maltese, have coats that continue to grow and need cutting or grooming regularly. PetSmart grooming experts, however, never recommend shaving your pets during the summer or any other season.
Some dogs’ coats, while they may seem long, thick and hot, are actually genetically designed to provide a layer of insulation from the heat to help keep your pet’s body temperature regulated. Double coat breeds, like Golden Retrievers, Huskies, Chows, Australian Shepherds, and Border Collies, have weatherproof coats. If shaven, these breeds may have trouble facilitating the thermo-regulation process that maintains body temperature and might actually result in skin irritation, skin damage from the sun and can even damage the coat permanently.
If you have a mix-breed dog and haven’t pinpointed its exact breed combination or coat type, consider taking your pet into your groomer for a coat assessment and recommendation for coat care this summer.
As an alternative to shaving your pet’s entire body you may want to consult your groomer about shaving just the belly hair. This can help cool the pet down without causing any health risks. The best way, however, to keep your pet cool in the summer is with regular grooming, which removes the undercoat, cutting down on the hair that’s ready to shed out anyway. Maintain a rigorous grooming routine for your pet, including brushing and combing with shedding rakes as well as using a shed control shampoo. The FURminator tools and products are great for this type of grooming.
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