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Dear MiracleCare: It’s Getting Hot Out, Should I Shave My Pet?

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We hear it all the time, and to humans it totally makes sense: who wants to wear a coat when it’s hot out? That’s usually the thought process behind giving longhaired dogs a summer shave. Well, we’re here to debunk this warm weather myth – so put your clippers down, and just hear us out.
Think of your pet’s fur as a natural insulation, maintaining a comfortable temperature by absorbing or diffusing heat through its various layers. When you shave their coat too low, it not only rids them of this natural regulation, it drastically increases their chance of getting sunburned, which can cause skin cancer.

That’s not to say you can’t give your companion a fresh summer cut, as a shorter coat is certainly cleaner and more manageable (especially if they like to swim.) If you haven’t groomed your pet at home before, it’s probably best to leave it to the pros; but if you feel comfortable giving Buddy a trim, be sure never to shave down to the skin or rough cut the fur with scissors. It’s important to have the right tools, which is why we’ve carefully crafted all of our shears to be consistently sharp for touch-ups around the face, paws, and tail.

And, of course, it’s fine if you don’t want to do anything with their coat for summer because, as we’re sure you’re well aware, they’ll naturally shed that thick undercoat once the weather warms up. Just be sure to keep it cleaned and brushed to maximize air circulation.

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