Does your canine need a summer haircut?
July 27, 2012
Grooming is one of the most important facets of animal wellness you'll have to consider after making the decision to adopt a dog, and the summer comes with its own share of challenges. The soaring seasonal temperatures and humidity may make a trip to the groomer's an obvious choice, but some breeds are more in need of a haircut than others. According to DogChannel.com, heading to the groomer's is a great choice for your canine, but you should keep the following tips in mind to keep your pooch healthy and comfortable all season long.
1. Full haircuts. Breeds such as Poodles, Cocker Spaniels and other smaller dogs have coats that grow constantly, so they'll need to be kept in check. You should avoid having your groomer completely shave these breeds, as it could partially dilute the color of your dog's coat in the process. Consider sticking with having the topcoat removed to avoid any potential damage to your canine's undercoat and ensure that you can maintain the standard look for the breed.
2. Skip the shave. Larger breeds, particularly Northern versions like Huskies, Samoyeds and American Eskimos, should never be completely shaved. These canines can develop a condition called "clipper alopecia," which can strip your dog's coat down to just the undercoat. This can be a lasting condition, so you may want to resort to a standard trim and pursue other cooling methods to keep these breeds comfortable throughout the summer.
3. Stay on the safe side. If you don't want to risk getting the wrong haircut or going a bit overboard at the groomers, DogGroomers.com suggests going with a standard trim and continuing the regimen at home. Regularly brushing every few days will help to remove stubborn stray hair and dead skin cells, which can help your pooch stay cooler. It will also lessen the frequency of your groomer trips and can be a wonderful bonding experience between you and your companion.
Ultimately, it's best to go over your options with your groomer to find the right choice for your dog's needs and use his or her expertise to your advantage. The summer weather shows no signs of relenting just yet, so visiting your local groomer could be a great way to improve your canine's quality of life and have him or her looking dapper for the season.