With the blistering summer heat here to stay, you may be wondering what you can do to help your pet cool down this summer. If your dog or cat has a thick coat of fur, the most obvious course of action may seem to be giving them a haircut. Before you do that, however, you may want to reconsider. Unlike humans where having a lot of hair can be unbearable in the summer, your pet’s hair is actually helping them to stay cool.
The way that your dog’s and cat’s coat of fur works is that it keeps them warm during the winter time and cool during the summer time. As Dr. Louise Murray of the ASCA Animal Hospital puts it, the way their hair functions is “kind of like insulation for your house.” Dogs with heavy coats of fur also have great built-in abilities to manage their hair by shedding unnecessary fur during the summer, so your pets already do a great job of managing the heat on their own. Cutting off too much of their hair can throw off this natural rhythm and cause them discomfort.
If you feel that your pet is absolutely in need of a trim, just make sure to not cut off too much. The rule of thumb is that it’s good to always keep at least one inch of hair on your pet. Cutting too close to the skin can actually leave your pet at risk for sunburn and even skin cancer due to increased sun exposure. It is wise to have a professional groomer perform the cut so that your pet’s hair is even and done at the proper length. If your dog or cat’s hair isn’t too messy and unkempt; however, the best idea may be to leave their hair as is.
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