Posted 29th Aug 2016
Many pet owners shave their dog or cat during summer months to help keep them cool in the warm weather - but is that the right thing to do?
Your pets’ fur actually helps to keep them cool!
Although the thought of wearing a fur coat during the height of summer would seem absurd to us humans, your pets’ fur coat can actually help to keep them feeling cool and protected all summer long.
Dogs’ coats have several different layers, which act as a natural cooling system to prevent them from overheating in extreme temperatures. Fur can also act as a barrier to prevent your pooch from getting sunburnt, and subsequently help to prevent skin cancer.
If you do spot any blemishes or marks on your pet’s skin, make sure you take them to the vet to get checked over. In most cases it will be nothing to worry about but it’s best to check and ensure you have dog insurance in place just in case.
Cats are also very good at regulating their own body temperature and therefore wouldn’t benefit at all from being shaved; it would actually do much more harm than good. They also tend to be much more mobile than dogs in terms of exploring more areas, so they tend to find it easier to hunt out cool, shady spots when they get too hot!
So should I just leave my pet's fur alone?
As the warmer weather draws in, your clever pet will naturally go through a seasonal coat change anyway, meaning that they will shed their thicker, winter coat in favour or a thinner summer version to keep cool.
If you still feel like you need to intervene, then a light trim can offer a good alternative to a full shave. Dogs tend to cool from the paws upwards, so you can trim their paws, legs and stomach to help keep them comfortable. Brushing and bathing your pet regularly will also help to remove any loose hair from their coat, allowing for better air circulation and preventing hair from becoming matted.
Tips on trimming your pet's hair
If you do plan on trimming your pet's hair then it is always best to allow a pet grooming professional to perform the haircut. Always ask them to leave at least one inch of hair to allow enough coat to protect your pet’s skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays and to keep your furry friend warm during cool nights.
Keeping your pet cool and comfortable enables them to enjoy the summer months and to join in with all the family fun in the sun! Whether your furry friend likes to lounge in the shade or frolic in the sunshine, share your summer pet pics with Argos Pet Insurance and you could win £50 in Argos vouchers to treat yourself or your pet this summer! All you have to do is go to their website to enter the fab Summer Tails competition, and while you’re there you can even find out all about how to take your pet on holiday.