While you may think that shaving your pet down to the skin is the answer to beating the heat, it can actually do more harm than good to your furry friend. These three grooming tips for pets of all coats can help keep your four-legged friend cool in the summer heat.
#1: Brush your pet regularly to remove dead fur and prevent mats
The best grooming method to help your pet stay cool is to brush them regularly, regardless of their fur length. Short-haired pets can accumulate a large amount of dead fur and skin cells, which can clump together and trap heat. Long-haired pets can develop thick mats if not brushed regularly, which can cause moisture and heat to build up below the mat and lead to a skin infection. Depending on your pet’s coat type, they may need to be brushed every day to help prevent heat-related issues.
#2: Avoid shaving double-coated breeds
Although your thick-coated husky may seem miserable in the summer heat, avoid shaving their double coat. Pet fur acts as an insulator and is designed to keep your furry friend warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Shaving them down to the skin can interfere with their ability to regulate their body temperature. Instead, consider a summer trim for your long- or thick-coated pet.
#3: Apply a pet-friendly sunscreen if needed
Some pets have such short hair that they require sunscreen when going outside or lounging on a sunny windowsill. White-furred pets are especially prone to sunburn, and white cats have been known to develop squamous cell carcinoma from too much sun exposure. If your pet has spots with hair loss or thin fur, particularly around the ears and eyes, apply a pet-safe sunscreen to protect their skin.
Keeping your furry pal groomed in the summer is important. Contact us to schedule a bathing appointment.