As the weather starts to get warmer, pets with long hair and/or thick fur should have it trimmed. Pets with thick fur and an undercoat are especially susceptible to overheating in temperatures that may seem mild to most humans. Their coat traps the warm air, which is ideal in the winter, but during the summer, it can quickly cause overheating.
Grooming is key to your pet's comfort during the warm weather.
Dog breeds sporting thick fur include German Shepherd, Newfoundland, Poodle, Chow Chow, Akita, Sheepdog, Corgi and Great Pyrenees. Cat breeds that have abundant coats include Norwegian Forest Cat, Himalayan and Persian.
In humid weather, dogs with long-haired coats (even if the fur is more silky than thick) may develop an offensive musty odor and should be bathed/groomed regularly.
Having your pet groomed regularly also helps to cut down on the shedding so you'll find fewer fur balls and less hair around the house. Although, some breeds such as the poodle, don't shed at all, so regular grooming is a must for them.
Take a moment to schedule a series of regular grooming appointments at the start of the season to best ensure your pet's comfort throughout what is sure to be a long, hot summer.
As we humans know, a great haircut can make all the difference!
P.S. Don't forget to protect your pet from mosquitoes, black flies, fleas and other annoying pests by using flea and tick treatment regularly. It's easier to prevent problems than to treat after the fact.
There are a lot of conflicting opinions from both animal professionals and pet parents about whether or not dogs need to wear a sweater or coat outdoors when it's cold.
Generally speaking, unless your dog is running the Iditarod (and is not a Siberian Husky) s/he does not necessarily need to "suit up". Most dog breeds have a coat that suits them in any type of weather and the addition of pet apparel may in fact cause them to overheat.
But, there are exceptions. Older dogs, greyhounds and small dogs (especially those with very short/smooth coat such as mini-dachshunds) do get chilly as the temperature drops, and you'll be able to tell because they tend to shiver. A good rule of thumb regarding whether or not your pooch needs to wear winter apparel is to simply check their comfort level when they are outdoors. Shivering is your best indicator. If your pooch doesn't seem at all fazed by the cold or snow, then s/he is already adequately "dressed" for the weather in her/his own coat.