Summer Pet Care - Grooming Your Dog for the Heat

Summer is here and temperatures are heating up! It is your responsibility as a pet owner to do everything you can to keep your furry friends cool during this heatwave. Most pet owners assume that hotter temperatures mean it’s time to give their dog a summer makeover. However, your pets’ fur coats are actually designed to provide them with heat relief. According to the ASPCA, a dog’s coat can keep him or her from not only getting too cold in the winter, but also from overheating in the summer. So before you grab the clippers, check out these tips for grooming your pet this season.

1. It is okay to give your long-haired pet a “summer cut”

It is okay to trim your pet’s long hair to make it more manageable if you are comfortable doing so. However, it is best to take your dog to a professional groomer. Remember, never shave down to the skin or cut the hair yourself with scissors. This can be dangerous for your beloved pet.

2. Be sure to brush your dog frequently

Dogs with thicker coats or double-coated dogs will often shed their excess fur naturally in the warmer months. Double coated dog breeds, such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Pugs, and German Shepherds, should never be shaved. Instead, pet owners should perform a regular grooming routine (brushing, washing, etc.) to remove loose hair.

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3. Remember to provide adequate shade and access to water

Hydration is key to prevent your pup from getting heat stroke this summer. Be sure to provide your animal with a shady area to rest and plenty of water to drink when outdoors.

For more information on summer pet care, check out the ASPCA’s Hot-Weather Safety Tips.

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