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 number of reasons why pets develop hot spots - those painful, itchy, red, raw sores on the skin. Hot spots may be caused by fleas, mites, ticks, insect stings, stress, boredom and infrequent bathing. They can become infected, so it's important to monitor hot spots carefully. The worse a hot spot becomes, the more irritating it gets for your pet, and it can become a vicious cycle.
The incidence of hot spots can increase during the warmer months, when your pet is often outdoors. Romping in the yard, running through the woods or on the beach, even walking through town can expose your pet to insects of all kinds, dirt, sand, environmental debris and germs. One of the best preventatives for hot spots is regular bathing. Keeping your pet's coat clean is half the battle when it comes to keeping hot spots at bay. Regular bathing also gives you or your groomer a chance to monitor the condition of your pet's skin.
Bathing your pet once a week or once every other week and brushing your pet's coat in between will help ensure that hot spots don't develop or get worse. If your pet does develop hot spots that seem to be getting progressively worse, be sure to seek medical advice from your veterinarian.
At Zoomin Groomin, we use PURE OXYGEN gentle bath products to help keep your pet's skin and coat fresh and healthy. PURE OXYGEN leaves no residue, removes build-up, is natural and odorless. Our pet parents always remark how shiny and soft their pet's coat is after a Zoomin Groomin visit!
ZG pro team