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Should You Shave Your Pup for Summer?

Should you shave your dog during the hot summer? 

Summer is here and the heat is on, and many of us couldn’t even imagine walking around in the heat wearing a fur coat. This leads many people to shave their dog during the summer, and while this may seem like a great idea, not all dogs should be shaved. In fact, a dog that has a double coat (usually a soft undercoat and a coarse outer coat) should never be shaved, and here’s why:

#1. Sensitive Skin

Dogs have sensitive skin, and if they are used to have their hair protect them from the elements, they could be open to many skin problems, including sunburn. Shaving, especially if you don’t do it properly, can also cause razor burn.

#2. Heat Insulation

It makes sense that the undercoat can keep your dog warm in the winter, but did you know that it can actually help to keep them cool in the summer? The undercoat helps to insulate your dog against the heat, and without it, they are at a higher risk for overheating.

#3. Coat Damage

The outer coat of hair helps to keep the undercoat healthy, and without it, the undercoat can become coarse and brittle. While the outer coat will eventually grow back, your dog’s coat is likely to retain permanent damage.

Although shaving a dog with a double coat isn’t a good idea, it is important to keep their fur brushed, clean and free of mats. If you are unsure if your dog should be shaved or not, feel free to contact our veterinary clinic in Levittown.

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