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As the summer heat intensifies, ensuring your furry friend stays cool and comfortable becomes a top priority. Proper grooming is essential in helping your dog beat the heat and avoid common summer skin issues. Here are some expert tips to keep your dog looking and feeling their best during the hot summer months.

1. Regular Brushing

Regular brushing is a crucial part of summer grooming. It helps remove loose fur, dirt, and debris from your dog's coat, allowing their skin to breathe better. For dogs with thick or double coats, brushing can also prevent matting, which can trap heat and moisture close to the skin, leading to discomfort and skin infections. Aim to brush your dog at least once a week, or more frequently if they shed heavily.

2. Coat Trimming

While some dogs benefit from a summer trim, it's essential to know the right length to cut. Trimming your dog's coat can help them stay cooler by improving air circulation. However, avoid shaving your dog down to the skin, as their coat also provides protection from the sun's harmful rays. Consult with a professional groomer to determine the best length for your dog's coat type.

3. Regular Bathing

Bathing your dog regularly during the summer can help keep their skin and coat clean and free from allergens, dirt, and parasites. Use a gentle, dog-specific shampoo to avoid stripping their coat of natural oils. Depending on your dog's activity level and coat type, aim for a bath every 4-6 weeks. After bathing, ensure your dog's coat is thoroughly dried to prevent fungal or bacterial growth.

4. Paw Care

Hot pavement, sand, and other surfaces can be tough on your dog's paws during the summer. Regularly check their paw pads for signs of burns, cracks, or cuts. Keep their nails trimmed to prevent discomfort and ensure they can walk properly. You can also use paw balms or booties to protect their paws from hot surfaces.

5. Ear Cleaning

Summer activities often involve swimming and playing in the water, which can increase the risk of ear infections. Clean your dog's ears regularly to remove excess moisture and debris. Use a vet-approved ear cleaning solution and avoid inserting anything deep into the ear canal. If your dog frequently swims, dry their ears thoroughly after each session.

6. Hydration and Skin Health

Proper hydration is essential for your dog's overall health and can also impact their skin and coat condition. Ensure your dog has access to fresh, clean water at all times, especially during outdoor activities. You can also add a bit of omega-3 fatty acids to their diet, which can improve skin hydration and reduce shedding.

7. Sun Protection

Just like humans, dogs can get sunburned, particularly those with short or light-colored coats. Apply pet-safe sunscreen to vulnerable areas such as the nose, ears, and belly when spending extended periods outside. Provide plenty of shade and avoid outdoor activities during the peak heat of the day.

8. Double Coated Dogs

Shaving down double-coated dogs is generally discouraged because it can ruin their coat and make them hotter in the long run. The undercoat acts as insulation, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Shaving removes this natural barrier, exposing the skin to sunburn and reducing the coat's ability to regulate temperature effectively. Instead of shaving, focus on regular grooming to maintain a healthy coat. Brush your double-coated dog frequently to remove loose fur and prevent matting. During the summer, ensure they are well-hydrated, provide plenty of shade, and consider professional grooming to manage their coat without compromising its protective properties.

By following these summer grooming tips, you can help your dog stay cool, comfortable, and healthy during the hot months. At Dog Tired, we offer professional grooming services tailored to meet the unique needs of each dog. Our experienced groomers use top-quality products and techniques to ensure your furry friend looks and feels their best. Schedule a grooming appointment with us today and let us help your dog enjoy a happy, healthy summer!

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