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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
July 15, 2012
Save your dog's life with dog first aid!
Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.
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July is the beginning of some of the hottest months of the year, and proper Daily Dog Grooming can keep him cool and happy even under the blistering hot summer sun. Here are a few tips to safely groom your dog without putting him in any danger.
Obviously, shorter hair is going to be much cooler for your dog than a long, shaggy coat. However, a lot of pet owners advise against completely shaving your pooch down to the skin. In my experience, it's not always a bad thing to do. Generally, short haired breeds tolerate a full shaving pretty well. For breeds with a longer coat a good rule of thumb is to leave an inch of fur. You have to remember that dogs can still get sunburned on bare skin, so leaving some extra hair will help protect against this happening. Of course, I used to have a neighbor that would shave their Shetland Sheepdog bald at the start of every summer, and he was one of the healthiest and happiest dogs I've ever seen.
This is kind of strange since Shelties have two distinct coats. The inner coat is much thicker and keeps them warm during the winter. The outer coat is glossy and smooth and helps protect them against sun exposure. During the summer they naturally shed the inner coat, helping them keep cool. A lot of breeds do this, so it's best to talk to your vet or an expert for each particular case. I personally don't advise a full shave for any breed, but much of it comes down to breed type and your own personal preference. Shelties have such a beautiful coat anyway I don't see why anyone would want to shave theirs.
The shortness of the hair also depends on your climate. Again, sun exposure is a big issue so if you live in a region that only gets one or two days of rain per month during the summer, you should probably leave a bit. Tropical climates like Florida can get hot, but they can also get really humid. A fur coat traps the heat and any dog with a thick coat is at risk for heat stroke if they spend a lot of time outside.
If you're worried that your dog's hair won't grow back as thickly as it is now, don't worry too much. Most of the time your dog will be back to its full glory by the time the end of Autumn approaches. Most dog hair types actually grow back better after a cut, and your dog will definitely appreciate a thinner coat once we leave July and get into July and August.
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