You wouldn’t don a fur coat during Summer, would you? So, when you see your pet’s fur coat in its full, thick glory, your first instinct is to shave it all away in hopes of providing them with some cool relief during the summer. Think twice before you take out the grooming tools, though. Your pet’s fur coat actually acts like insulation, and removing it can cause some serious discomfort, overheating and even certain skin conditions.

To discover the best option for your pet when it comes to fur coat maintenance, make an appointment with the Valley Animal Hospital.

As a rule of thumb, cats and other furry household pets should not be shaved as they are very good at regulating body temperature. Simply brushing their hair is an effective way of helping them during hot summer months. For dogs, the topic about whether to shave or not is always up for discussion.

Some breeds may need a bit of help to keep cool during the summer season, and it all depends on their lifestyle and health. If you plan on shaving your pet’s coat this summer, keep these tips in mind:

Leave at Least an Inch of Hair

Shaving your pet’s hair down to the skin seems like the most refreshing alternative for them during the summer, but it’s definitely NOT the way to go. Leave at least one inch of hair so they still benefit from the insulation properties that fur provides as well as protection from sunburn.

Say No to Close Shaves

Just like humans, our pets can suffer from ingrown hairs. A close shave can leave your dog’s primary hair, or guard hair, imbedded in the skin which prevents normal hair growth. This causes irregular growth and even skin problems.

Pets with Special Needs

If your dog’s fur gets matted easily or if they suffer from hotspots, trimming is definitely a wise option. Visiting our veterinarian will help you make the best and most comfortable decision for your pet. If they spend a lot of time outdoors, simply providing shade and plenty of water are great ways to avoid overheating.

Always Brush

For dogs with thick coats and medium-length fur, brush and brush often. While breeds with short hair require regular brushing, thick-coat breeds benefit from extra brushing to remove the entire bottom layer hairs and improves insulation as they shed.

Visit a Professional Groomer

Properly trimming your pet’s fur is no easy feat and is a task best left to professionals. Pet owners generally have little to no experience grooming pets, which raises the potential for accidents. Groomers will know exactly how much fur should be removed and how to handle fussy pups to avoid injuries.



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