To Shave, Or Not To Shave

When summer arrives, many people decide to shave thier pets. After all, we shed our heavy winter coats and hats for swimsuits and shorts. So doesn’t it make sense to shave our pets to keep them cooler?

Most experts advise against shaving, though there are exceptions. Your pet’s coat is designed to keep him cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Shaving him may interfere with his ability to regulate his body temperature, and may make him more prone to sunburn. Pets can get skin cancer too!

There are cases where shaving can be beneficial. Some breeds of dog like the Arctic breeds are bred to have a thicker coat. So giving them a haircut might help to cool them off a bit. However, you should always leave at least an inch of hair. You may also wish to shave your pet if he is heavily matted, or has a medical condition in which shaving would be beneficial. Always discuss this with your vet!

If you really just love the look of your cat with a lion cut, or you love your Golden Retriever, but are allergic to all of that hair, just use precaution! Apply a sunscreen, and don’t make the mistake of thinking that because they’re shaved they can stay outside for longer periods. They still need shelter from the sun, and plenty of cool water!