Buzz on Summer Cuts
Are you tempted to give your dog a buzz cut for the summer?
Phoenix temperatures have been at an all-time high and we are all looking for a way to keep our dogs cooler in the summer.
But back away from the clippers!
It’s tempting to get out the extreme scissors when you look at your long-haired Golden Retriever but actually that longer hair helps keep your dog cooler. The hair helps block the heat and regulate your dog’s temperature at the skin level.
“A dog’s coat is kind of like insulation for your house,” explains Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. “Insulation stops your home from getting too cold in winter, but it also keeps it from overheating in summer—and your dog’s coat does the same thing.”
Your dog’s coat also prevents her from getting sunburn and bug bites and helps protect her from skin cancer, according to Murray.
It’s totally OK to give your dog a “summer cut’’, a trimming to make her hair more manageable and that is a job best left to professionals. Summer cuts can also help reduce the amount of natural shedding that your dog and your house are experiencing.
All dogs benefit from a good brushing, and you don’t have to be a pro to do that. It’s important to select the right kind of brush for your dog’s coat. By brushing your dog regularly, you can strip out loose hair so air can circulate against his skin. Regular and thorough brushing also prevents mats, which are not only painful but also trap heat and moisture and can result in skin infections.
So, to recap, your dog just has to be well-groomed for the summer. No skinhead-look needed!