Maintaining your dog’s hygiene and grooming routine is always important but even more so in summer when temperatures rise and we, and our pets, tend to spend more time outdoors. To help keep your dog clean and comfortable till fall, read on for a few informative grooming tips for your dog.
Learn More About Your Dog’s Coat Type
The more you understand about your dog’s breed and coat type the better you can groom them. You want a brush that is a good match for them and will do a proper job of removing loose hair and preventing mats, both of which can be especially problematic in summer. A buildup of excess hair or the formation of mats can block proper air ventilation, which can cause irritations and infections on your dog’s skin. Avoid these types of problems by purchasing the correct brush or comb and use it regularly.
Trim Rather Than Shave Your Dog’s Coat
When the weather warms up, some owners assume shaving their dog’s coat will help keep them cool but most Vancouver veterinarians will agree that shaving is not necessarily beneficial. In fact, because a dog’s coat allows them to regulate their body temperature and helps protect them against sun damage and other outdoor irritants, shaving can actually cause more harm than good. Instead, keep your dog’s coat in good condition by brushing them regularly, maintaining a consistent bathing routine, and trimming hair when appropriate.
Check Your Dog’s Ears for Infections
Doing the occasional survey of your dog’s ears is important, particularly if you let your dog go for swims or play in the sprinklers during the summer. If water gets trapped in a dog’s ears it can lead to infection. Some common symptoms of ear infection are redness, swelling, discharge, or scabs on, or underneath the ear. You may also notice your dog behaving unusually, such as shaking their head frequently, scratching their ears persistently, rubbing their head against the floor or furniture, or tilting their head to one side. All of these actions can be their reaction to the pain or irritation that an ear infection can cause.
Pay Extra Attention to Fleas and Ticks
Keeping your dog free of pests can be more difficult in summer months, which is why our Vancouver veterinarians recommend more diligent brushing or combing and more frequent baths if possible. In addition to prescribed medication and proper grooming, checking your dog for fleas and ticks can also help catch the problem before it gets out of control. Don’t forget “hidden spots” like in between the toes, armpits, head and tail where pests can burrow.
If you come across any fleas or ticks, or notice symptoms that may be a sign of infection or irritation, feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any of your dog grooming questions or any other concerns you have about your pet.