It’s a given that your pet’s thick coat makes them uncomfortable in summer, but does that imply that you should shave your dog? Although it may seem like a no-brainer, it might well do permanent damage to his coat and actually be detrimental in the long run.
A dog’s coat is very much different from our hair in that our hair will grow back exactly the way it was before. However, it doesn’t work like that with animals. Shaving their coat could do long-lasting damage. So If you decide to shave your dog, your pet will be paying for that poor decision for the rest of his life.
Accordingly, most pet care professionals don’t recommend shaving dogs, but there are exceptions. That said, some breeds can do with a bit of shaving. Breeds such as Poodles, Shih Tzus or Bichons that only have single coats can be shaved without danger of any long-term damages.
Always be sure to check with your veterinarian or a grooming professional before taking the decision to shave your dog.
A blessing in disguise
A dog’s coat can be compared to the insulation in our homes. Insulation is necessary to keep our homes warm in winter, and also helps keep the house from heating up in the summer. A dog’s thick coat pretty much works in the same way and thus, shaving your dog could actually cause him to overheat.
A dog’s coat keeps him from getting sunburned, and when you shave your dog’s coat, his skin becomes exposed to the sun. Your dog’s skin is not used to any exposure from the sun, so he could get a sunburn in a matter of minutes if you’ve shaved him for summer.
Some breeds will grow back their coats as if they had never been shaved, but in some extreme cases, coats don’t grow back at all, or they are patchy in their regrowth.
Your dog’s protective layer of fur prevents dirt, debris, allergens, dust mites, pollen and other irritants. Shaving your dog removes this barrier, and they could develop skin infections or allergies because of the increased exposure.
Getting rid of some hair could be beneficial in summer. Most groomers and veterinarians recommend a trim, especially if your pet has a long or thick coat.
Some breeds with thick coats tend to shed a lot of fur in the weeks leading up to summer. The body’s natural way of preparing for the hot season. That’s why you should be brushing your dog daily around the year, and especially during this high-shedding season. All to keep your pet cool.
In summer, it’s best to have your pet indoors, but if you need to have him outside, be sure that he has adequate shade, shelter, and water. Try and keep your dog’s outside activities limited to the cooler times of the day. It’s best to walk and exercise your pet in the morning and evening.
Be mindful of hot surfaces when you walk him on roads, sidewalks or paved trails.
And most importantly, NEVER leave your dog in a hot vehicle. It’s always best to leave your pets at home while you’re out running errands in the summer.
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