How to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer
The weather is getting warmer, and when temperatures go up, you’ll need to make some adjustments for your fur kids. Here are some points to keep in mind:
- Most dogs will begin to lose their undercoats. The undercoat is the woolly fur that keeps dogs warm in the winter. If this coat is not brushed out, it becomes entangled in the topcoat and matted. It is important to purchase a shedding blade and groom your dog more often until all of the undercoat is out, or make regular grooming appointments and let our grooming professionals do it for you. A shave-down might be appropriate; however, don’t assume that all long-coated or thick-coated dogs should be shaved for summer. Long, thick coats can help provide insulation in both cold and hot weather. Removal of the natural insulation could stress your dog.
- Your dog should not be left in a car this time of year for any length of time.
- You should try to schedule your daily walk with your dog in the early morning or in the evening. If evening walks are a better option, try leashes with built-in flashlights.
- Even though a dog’s pads are tough, they can be burned on hot pavement or asphalt. If you must take your dog for a walk during the day, try doggie booties.
- If your dog enjoys the water, consider filling a kiddie pool and placing it in the yard.
- Dogs who lack dark pigmentation around their eyes, nose and ears, and dogs who are light in color can suffer from sunburn. Sunscreen should be applied to these sun-sensitive areas.