It's summer, it's hot, and you spend a lot of time at the cottage with Fluffy, jumping in the lake and exploring the nearby forest. These situations often lead to many questions for dog guardians about the best ways to maintain their dog's coat.
Did you know that a dog's coat adapts to the seasons and that it plays an essential insulating role? In winter, the coat becomes thicker and denser, while in summer, the root of the hair contracts to let air circulate and allow the dog to cool down. It is therefore wrong to think that your dog will be less hot once shaved!
Dogs with double or triple coats, such as Huskies, Shetlands, Pomeranians, Border Collies, or German Shepherds, should not be shaved. The first layer of hair, or undercoat, the one next to the skin, serves to trap air and insulate the dog; it keeps him warm in winter (like your ski undies for humans!) and cool in summer. The outer layer is the one that will protect the dog from the sun, heat, and insects. And it doesn't shed.
The same is true for short-haired dogs and water dogs, such as Labradors and Dachshunds. These dogs have a layer of hair that protects their skin from irritants and the sun. In addition, clipping their coat could cause irreversible damage or even alopecia, a condition where the hair does not grow back or grows unevenly.
Of course, dogs with a single coat, especially long-haired or curly dogs, will often need attention, and a good trim could be beneficial. Pay attention to length and avoid cutting too short - again, hair is essential to protect your pooch's skin. They aren't called furry friends for nothing! In any case, a professional grooming service or your veterinarian can help you determine what's best for your pet's health.
And to help your pooch weather the summer heat comfortably, brush him regularly to remove the stale winter undercoat that is slow to fall out. A good bath, brushing, and drying could also be very effective in getting rid of the hair that is destined to fall out. Once again, a professional grooming service can offer you help and advice to pamper your dog and keep it looking great all year long!
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