Pet Tip of the Week: Why You Shouldn’t Shave Your Pet

Many pet owner’s like to shave their pets, especially during the summer months, when it’s hot and muggy outside; it seems unbearable to you to watch your pet with all their fur on them. If you’re like me, you can only imagine that they must be miserable. Well, they’re not miserable and are actually much happier with their coat on. Why? According to several vet experts, they say it’s not good for your pet by any means and the reasons are:

  • Their fur coat is actually providing heat relief. How’s that? “A dog’s coat is kind of like insulation for your house,” explains Dr. Louise Murray, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Hospital. Because dogs’ coat have several layers, these layers are essential to your dog’s comfort in the blistering heat.
  • Their coat protects from getting sunburned and protects from skin cancer. As a pet owner you can help with this also; take your dog(s) for walk in the evening and purchase pet-specific sunblock to place on bridge on nose, where it gets burnt the worst, along with tips of ears and belly. Dogs with thin, light or white-colored coats are at risk the most from sun damage.
  • Instead of shaving, trim and brush your dog’s fur. it’s needed and necessary to trim your pet’s fur coat, but never remove a matted coat with scissors. With long-haired cats, don’t trim their fur, brush it frequently during hotter and summer months.

Always remember to keep your pets inside on an extremely hot days with plenty of water.

Do you agree with not shaving your pets during hot, summer months? If you do shave your pets, have you had any problems? Why or why not?  Let us know in the comments below!

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