The summer heat can be intense for anybody, even our beloved pets. Humans cope with the heat by wearing less in the summer and cutting their hair. Does this rule also apply to our furry friends? Is shaving your pet in the summer a good idea? Let’s discuss below.
For double-coated pets, the answer is no. Double-coated pets have an outer coat and an undercoat. During the summer, your pet should shed his or her undercoat leaving the outer coat intact. The outer coat traps cool air against the body leading to a natural cool down. The outer coat also protects from sunburn. When you shave a double coated dog, you encourage the undercoat to grow back. The undercoat keeps cool air away from the dog while trapping more heat against the body. Shaving a double-coated dog has the opposite effect from what you are looking for.
It’s also not a good idea to shave single-coated pets for similar reasons. Their fur works differently than human hair. Shaving a pet’s fur too short leaves them vulnerable to sunburn.
It’s ok to cut your dog’s hair, especially if your dog’s hair tends to matt or if your dog is going to be wet a lot of the time. However, shaving the fur close to the skin is a bad idea. This goes for cat’s as well. When it comes to grooming your pet for the summer, seek the advice of a veterinarian or a professional groomer.