Memorial Day has past, hotter days are here and your winter wardrobe has long since headed into storage in favor of lighter duds. With this change, you might also be tempted to help your dog beat the heat with a buzz or closely cropped cut.
However, many experts warn against this practice, as it might not be right for every dog. A full shave may not be in your dog’s best interests as the fluff can provide an important protective barrier against both the sun and other hazards like sharp sticks and twigs. Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital explains in a ASPCA article, “dogs’ coats have several layers, and these layers are essential to your dog’s comfort in the heat. Robbing your dog of this natural cooling system can lead to discomfort and overheating. And keeping your dog cool isn’t the only reason to leave his coat intact. Your dog’s coat prevents your pup from getting sunburn and helps protect her from skin cancer.”
Keeping this in mind, there are things you can do to ensure your dog is well-groomed and ready for summer fun.
Shed the winter fluff. While shaving may not be needed, a proper bathing and grooming session will help your dog shed some of their unneeded fur for the summer months. A bath and a good brushing will release the unnecessary hair and prevent those pesky and potentially painful mats. Keeping your pet free of mats will also ensure that the fur is able to “loft” as the dog moves, helping to cool your dog’s skin.
Keep away those pesky parasites! Fleas and ticks are out in force, carrying disease to both people and pets. Now that you and your pup are out and about, romping in the summer sunshine, it is important to use a good flea and tick preventative. Regular grooming and bathing can keep your pet free of pests and can also help identify any issues like hot spots.
Pay attention to the paws! ‘Tis the season to double-check those toes. Brambles, ticks and burs can make their way between your pup’s paw pads, causing pain and infection. A trip to the groomer can guarantee they are regularly inspected and the nails stay suitably trimmed.
Check the ears! Summer swimming can lead to an increase in ear debris and possibly infection if ears are not maintained. It is always a good idea to dry your dog’s ears after a swim session and speak with your vet regarding the addition of drying eardrops, if infections are a concern.
Mind your Doggie’s dental health! Any time of the year is a good time for dental health. Dogs can suffer from many of the same dental issues that plague humans and we know cleaning your pet’s teeth is no easy feat. Leave it to our team of groomers and make a cleaning part of your pet’s regular grooming session.
Our grooming team has more than 30 years of experience in keeping Cville’s four-legged residents ready for the seasons. Our team is happy to answer your specific questions. Please give us a call at (434) 293-7387 ext. 1 or email us at [email protected] for a grooming consultation.