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.
Did you know that the Pilgrims had dogs?
Although in early America, they were considered working dogs rather than "pets". They were kept and bred as hunting and guard dogs.
The first dogs to come to America with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower were the Mastiff, as a loyal, 200+ pound watchdog and the English Springer Spaniel, for their great rabbit and game-bird hunting skills.
This is understandable since the powerful Mastiff was an ideal protector against wolves and other predators and the English Springer Spaniel helped the Pilgrims put food on the table.
This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks to all the wonderful pets, from large to small, who enrich our lives every day. Enjoy our video and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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