Dog Care 101 #222: Grooming for Summer
Grooming is an important part of responsible pet ownership — especially during the summer months. As the heat rises, so do the risks of dehydration and heat stroke. If you’ve got a long haired breed — one with a particularly thick undercoat — BestBullySticks suggests looking into grooming as a way to help your dog cope with the heat and stay happy.
At the end of the day, haircuts aren’t necessary for dogs. Between regular brushing and bathing, your dog shouldn’t have any issues making it through the summer. We carry a wide array of all-natural grooming products sure to bring your dog some relief. Long haired breeds and those with thick undercoats generally have more difficulty dealing with the heat. However, as a rule of thumb, these breeds shouldn’t be kept outdoors for long periods of time during hotter months.
Contrary to what many think, your dog’s coat actually acts as an insulator shielding them from the hot sun. Trimming a dog’s coat only serves to increase their exposure to the sun and may even lend itself to an increased chance of dehydration and heatstroke. Dogs have little to no skin pigment needed to combat the sun’s harsh UV rays. A healthy coat of fur is their only line of defense against the sun.
Both the Spring and Fall bring about an increase in shedding. While it might seem like there's no end in sight for some dogs and their shedding habits, there is one way to drastically reduce the amount of hair strewn about your home — regular brushing. A steady grooming routine will make your dog a whole lot happier and make your life easier!
Many times a bit of extra brushing and bathing is all that’s needed to increase your dog’s comfort level during the summer. The removal of dead hair and skin will make their coat more breathable and easier to cool off. Some dogs require daily brushing while others may only need it weekly. If you still see tons of hair laying around, chances are you need to keep brushing! Read more