With the season changing and warmer weather becoming more
frequent, it’s important to make sure our long-haired pets remain
cool and comfortable right through the hot summer months. Extreme
heat can pose a real threat to cats and dogs, just as it can to
humans. Cats and dogs simply cannot tolerate extreme
temperatures. As a responsible pet owner, it’s up to you to make
sure your pet is safe during warm weather conditions.
It is always a good idea to keep your pet properly groomed, but
it is especially important during the summer months. If your dog
has very long fur, it is like wearing a fur coat in 95-degree
weather; therefore it is imperative that you keep his coat clear
of mats and debree and combed frequently to keep it thin and
comfortable for him. Longhaired dogs can quickly overheat in high
temperatures. Many people don't realize that longhaired cats are
also easily overheated, even if they stay indoors.
Longhaired Grooming Tips:
- Regular brushing with a special comb designed to remove the
shedding winter undercoat will make it easier for your dog to
better regulate body temperature during hot weather.
- Frequent brushing will thin the coat and help reduce and
prevent matted fur. Brushing once-a-week will also reduce the
size of the knots when they do occur .
- Regular clipping of long hair will help keep your dog cool.
Longhaired cats can benefit from a summer clipping too. Be aware
that longhaired breeds DO NOT need to be shaved to be comfortable
in hot weather. The guard hairs on the top layer of fur which do
not shed, are designed to protect the skin from the sun's rays.
- Keep in mind when clipping your pet, not to clip the hair too
short. Breeds with longhaired coats could burn very easily.
- Trimming the long hair around paws and hindquarters is
helpful for keeping those areas clean and free of foreign objects
and feces. This is important during warm weather months, when
outdoor activity increases.
- Remember not to trim longhaired coats too short as it could
permanently damage the coat and its ability to insulate the
animal in colder temperatures.
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- Because warm weather means an increase in insect activity, an
un matted, shorter coat will help make it easier to find and
treat insect bites and stings when they occur.
- It is a good idea to check your dog's coat regularly for
insects and debree, especially after extended periods of time
- When checking for Insects during warm weather months, be
alert to increased flea and tick activity, as spring and summer
is when they are most active. It is always a good idea to make
sure your dog and cat are getting their monthly flea and tick
- Mosquitoes are also present in increased numbers during this
time of year, so watch for those types of bites too. Your dog
also needs to stay current on heart worm preventative, as
mosquito bites can cause heart worms.
- Also, keep a first aid kit on hand for bee or wasp stings.
- Regular bathing is important if your dog or cat spends a lot
of time rolling around in your grass. Pesticides, dirt and some
greenery can leave a residue on your pet's fur which could cause
- Be cautious with pets that have much of their fur trimmed
off, such as poodles. Poodles and other breeds with short cuts
can easily get sunburned. Sunscreen does not protect dogs.
Good grooming is necessary all year long, and should be a regular
routine with your pet, no matter season of the year or the length
of his fur. However, the hotter temperatures and increased
outdoor activity does require extra care. It may seem like a lot
of added work, but neglecting your pet's grooming not only makes
him uncomfortable, it may put his health at risk.