St. Charles, MO, April 14, 2021 – With summer on its way, you might be considering shaving your dog down to combat the heat. But, depending on your dog’s coat type, a shave could do more harm than good.
Like humans, dogs are susceptible to sunburn. Extremely short- and thin-haired breeds like Dobermans, Vizslas, Weimaraners, and Greyhounds are especially vulnerable. If you have a short-haired dog, consider investing in some dog-safe sunscreen. Consult your vet to find the best type for your pet.
For long-haired breeds like Poodles and Labradoodles, a shave can be beneficial in the summer months. Not only can a shave help keep your pup cool, but it can also minimize matting. Plus, if your dog spends a lot of time in the water, they’ll be less likely to develop hot spots. Still, consult a groomer instead of shaving your dog at home; they will be able to find the right length for your dog’s shave.
Many owners of long-, thick-haired breeds (like Huskies, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and Australian Shepherds) assume that a close shave will help keep their pup from overheating, but this is not always the case. Double-coated breeds, or breeds with a dense undercoat and longer top coat, can actually overheat more quickly when sporting a short shave.
Alternative to Shaving Your Dog
If you’re really worried about your fuzzy dog, consider a “tunnel cut.” With a tunnel cut, a groomer will shave only your dog’s underbelly. This cut will help them cool off their belly while maintaining the rest of their coat. It is especially good for dogs that love to lay in water or on cool tile floors.
In all cases, it is best to consult a professional before reaching for the clippers and shaving your dog. Even if you’ve shaved your dog before, a professional groomer will be able to recommend a cut more suited to their specific needs.