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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Clipping the Dog a Summer Coat

Some of the disadvantages of cutting a summer coat to dogs:

  • Heatstroke: Dogs can overheat easily, and cutting their coat can make this even worse. If your dog is shaved and starts to show signs of heatstroke, such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, or difficulty breathing, take them to a cool, shady spot and give them plenty of water. If their condition doesn't improve, call your veterinarian or animal emergency hospital.
  • Sunburn: Dogs with shaved coats are more susceptible to sunburn, especially on their ears, nose, and belly. If your dog is shaved, be sure to apply sunscreen to these areas.
  • Skin irritation: The skin of dogs with shaved coats can be more sensitive to the sun, wind, and other elements. If your dog's skin becomes irritated after being shaved, apply a soothing ointment or cream.
  • Fleas and ticks: Dogs with shaved coats are more likely to get fleas and ticks. Be sure to check your dog's coat for parasites regularly and treat them promptly if you find any.
  • Danger of overheating: Dogs with shaved coats can overheat more easily in hot weather. If you are going to be out in hot weather with your dog, be sure to provide them with plenty of shade and water.

It is important to note that not all dogs should be shaved. Some breeds, such as huskies and malamutes, have double coats that help to keep them cool in the summer. Shaving these dogs can actually make them more susceptible to heatstroke. If you are unsure whether or not you should shave your dog, it is best to consult with your veterinarian.

Here are some tips to help keep your dog cool in the summer without shaving them:

  • Provide plenty of shade and water. Make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh, cool water to drink.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during hot weather. Take your dog for shorter walks or play sessions in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.
  • Groom your dog regularly. Regular grooming will help to remove excess hair and keep your dog's coat clean and free of mats.
  • Consider a cooling vest or bandana. There are a variety of cooling products available that can help to keep your dog cool on hot days.
  • Take your dog to the groomer for a professional trim. A professional groomer can help to remove excess hair and give your dog a cool, summer-ready look.