1) Trim hair short on long-haired dogs. Because dogs are unable to perspire like we are, their internal temperature can build up rapidly, and dogs with excessive amounts of hair are at a much higher risk of overheating. While they do have sweat glands on their feet and can pant to release heat, they also cool down through a convection process that cools their skin. If they cannot access air cooler than their internal temperature, that protective convection cooling will fail. Regardless of “style,” plan to keep your dog’s hair trimmed close for the entirety of the summer. No look or grooming cost is worth causing your pet to suffer needlessly.
A heat stroke will cause cells in your dog’s body to break down. This can lead to nerve damage, internal organ damage, seizures, cardiac arrest, comas and even death. Don’t take any risks, prevent the worst by being as safe as possible with all the preventative measures mentioned.
I have my older golden cut down in the summer... Not for looks she is just getting old and she feels so much better and is more active after I have her cut down... Now with Mufassa, he is just too pretty I can't bear to do it.. he is young and can live with it .
Author Tara Alley is a freelance writer passionate about pets and their safety
I see the person who wrote the article is not a vet or Groomer and clearly has no clue what they are talking about when it comes to double coated breeds, especially the "cold climate" breeds. Lol. My husky is 100x better suited for hot temps than my Doberman die to her protective coat. The sun beats right down onto poor Prime's skin because he has no undercoat. He gets hot much faster then my "cold climate" dog.
For those that are interested in Ivan, there are plenty of adorable Pyrs available through petfinder.com- I looked and there are a number of young Great Pyrenees in need of homes right now in the Houston area.
Yes, regular brushing/raking keeps the coat mat-free which creates air flow through the coat. many people can't be bothered with grooming their High maintenance breeds so they shave them, which is why I don't understand them getting such breeds in the first place
Duchess, the line goes...agility lady, VP rescue lady, great Pyr rescue, lol