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Do you chop off all your hair for a cool and comfortable haircut in the summer? While that may help you in the summer heat, shaving your pet down to the skin isn’t always the solution. Learn how to keep your furry companion cool this summer with these three grooming tips for pets of all coats.

 

#1: 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.

 

#2: 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.

 

#3: 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.

 

Contact us to make a bathing appointment or if you have any questions regarding grooming your pet for the summer.