Should You Shave Your Pet This Spring?
Spring in Southern California is often hot and uncomfortable. Many of us will be shedding down to shorts and tank tops. You might be wondering whether stripping down your pet’s coat for the warmer weather is a good idea. While you might think it will keep them cooler, many experts recommend against shaving to keep them cool.
Your pet’s hair isn’t like your own. A pet’s coat is designed to keep it cool during the hotter months and warm during the winter. When you shave your pet, you can interfere with its built-in temperature regulation. Cats in particular are extremely good at regulating their own body temperature without human interference.
Many dogs are specially bred to have thicker coats than others. These breeds can often use a little help cooling off during the hotter months. If your dog has a very thick coat, it might be a good idea to shave them once the weather begins to warm up. Just be sure to leave about an inch and a half of hair to protect them from sunburn. Resist shaving shorter hair breeds whenever possible.
If your dog spends a lot of time outside, has a matted coat and gets wet often then shaving might be necessary to avoid a condition called myiasis. Also, if your dog is prone to hot spots, then a shave might be helpful.
If you do plan to shave your pet this spring make sure that you take them to a professional groomer with lots of experience. This will help to prevent nasty cuts, clipper burns and other problems with the skin and coat.
Claws N Paws Day Spa opened in 2001. Unlike many other Orange County grooming shops, we are not a chain store that is required to follow corporate rules. Instead, we are able to bend certain policies in order to better accommodate you and your pet.
Pet safety and comfort is always our number one concern. We are not a small or un-established grooming shop that must purchase only bargain shampoos and discount grooming supplies. When it comes to the health and safety of your pets, we will always choose quality over cost. In addition, our four groomers each have between five and twenty years of grooming experience totaling a whopping fifty years of combined experience!
Grooming appointments are scheduled throughout the day so that each pet can receive individualized attention and go home as soon as it is finished. We will never keep your pet all day. Our grooming shop is sprayed for fleas every single month. In fact, we will not accept pets that are infested with fleas, without de-fleaing them first. This ensures that other pets will not bring fleas home from our establishment.
Claws N Paws is one of the few grooming shops in Orange County that is recommended by several local veterinarians. While we might not be your cheapest option, when shopping around for a grooming shop please keep in mind that you will always get what you pay for!
For more information, or to schedule a grooming appointment, please call 714-962-1005.
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