Summer means more chances to explore outdoors, relax in the sun and have fun with the pets you love. But it also means more dirt, heat and matted fur. Luckily, a dog’s coat acts like built-in climate control. When properly cared for, it can help protect them against harmful UV rays, while keeping them comfortable and cool. To make sure your pup is ready for all your summer adventures, it’s important to keep up with regular grooming appointments and at-home care.
WHAT A PRO BRINGS TO THE TABLE
Professional groomers are trained to help your pet look and feel their best. They offer special services that can be extra beneficial during hot summer months, including:
THOROUGH DE-SHEDDING: A de-shed treatment loosens your dog’s undercoat and improves circulation – keeping them clean, refreshed and shedding less throughout the summer.
PROPER COAT LENGTH: A professional groomer will give your dog the perfect cut, so they stay cool and protected from painful sunburn. Plus, a shorter coat means they’ll pick up less burrs and stickers while exploring the great outdoors.
KEEPING HOT SPOTS AT BAY: Hot spots are a bacterial infection, most common in long-haired dogs during hot summer months. Routine grooming can prevent matted fur and trapped irritants that can cause itching, infection and inflammation.
PAW PROTECTION: Hot concrete, asphalt and gravel can be harmful to your pet’s paw pads. Having them moisturized by a professional can help protect them by preventing blisters, burns and tears.
FLEA & TICK PREVENTION: Due to humidity and heat, ticks and fleas are extra pesky in warmer months. Regular grooming is one of the most effective ways to catch them before they can harm your pet.
Maintaining an at-home care routine is just as important as visiting the groomer, especially during the summer season when your pet is spending more time outdoors. Try these simple solutions:
SMOOTH COAT: Regular brushing helps keep your dog cool and mat-free. As you go, make sure to check for any abnormal spots like ticks, allergic reactions and hot spots.
MOISTURIZE: Hot summer streets can be dangerous for your pet's paw pads. Protect them by appling a soothing moisturizer. Bonus: you can also use it to hydrate their nose.
SUN PROTECTION: Pets can get sunburned too. Apply a hydrating nose balm with SPF to protect this sensitive area before heading outside.
REPEL FLEAS & TICKS: With a variety of options to choose from - including natural sprays, collars and topical treatments - it's never been easier to protect your pet from fleas and ticks.
WHICH DOG BREEDS NEED A SUMMER CUT?
While every pup can benefit from a seasonal wash and trim, grooming is especially important for these breeds:
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Yorkshire Terrier
• St. Bernard
• Bernese Mountain Dog
• Bichon Frisé
• Shih Tzu
From swimming to scent walks, hikes to backyard hangouts, summer brings countless opportunities for pet-friendly fun. By regularly visiting a professional groomer and keeping up to date with at-home care, you can ensure your dog stays cool, comfortable and happy all season.