Is Shaving Your Dog Really A Best Way To Keep Them Cool?

May 30, 2017

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It only take a split second outside to realize summer is here and as we all look for ways to stay cool, many dog owners take the clipping shears to cut off that thick coat of fur.  There is a lot of debate and opinions on the practice, while some claim the shaving your dog keeps them cool in our hot summers, others say removing their coat can damage the dog's natural defense against sun damage and may cause overheating or burning of the skin. Regardless if you choose to shave or not shave, knowing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke can save its life. Remember that dogs do not have sweat glands, so they rely on panting to cool themselves down.  So if you notice your dog excessively panting, having difficulty in breathing and generally weak, contact your vet immediately as these are signs of heatstroke. Although dogs can't sweat, placing them in a tub of lukewarm water can help to lower their body temperature gradually. Avoid cold water as this can be dangerous in lowering it too quickly. Prevention is the key.  Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water and lots of shade while outside.  On extremely hot days, bring them indoors during peak sun hours.

SOURCE: SheKnows

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