The Four Seasons of Grooming
End of summer means arrival of cooler weather. Once fall arrives, it’s time to tend to your dog grooming needs—from heat-damaged paw pads to insect-bitten skin and sun-bleached fur.
For dogs that shed seasonally, you’ll notice that most shedding occurs in the spring and fall. In the spring, your dog’s coat will become lighter, in preparation for the warm weather. Similarly, in the fall, in preparation for winter, you will see a change in your dog’s coat and a higher incidence of shedding.
You may think a heavier coat is nicer as the weather is colder. In fact, dog grooming during the winter months is just as important for the safety and well-being of your pet as it is during the warmer months. A healthy coat is like a thermos, it acts as a temperature.
If you neglect grooming your long-hair dog in the winter, his/her hair can become extremely tangled and matted, which can end up exposing your dog to more moisture. This added moisture can cause skin irritation, and we may have to clip your dog’s coat to a very short length because it got so matted.
Spring time may inspire you to clean your home, it is important to keep your pet looking their best too! There is no better time than the spring to consider cleaning their bedding, toys and of course, fur! Over the winter, they have been inside, and they may have excess fur from their winter coat that needs to be removed. This will make them feel and look their very best
Deciding to get your dog closely cropped for the summer can go a long way towards keeping him comfortable during the hot months and reducing the time and effort it takes to keep his skin and coat in good condition. However less does not mean more or better or easier. We often think shaving a dog during the summer is the answer to shedding and overheating. A pet’s coat actually helps regulate their body temperature and protects them from the sun. It is better to keep them well brushed and cleaned.