Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

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Think you’re doing your dog a favor by shaving off all of that heavy fur? Think again! This thermal imaging shows that fur actually helps your dog regulate his or her own temperature.

This is a thermal image of a dog with a lion cut shave. The non-shaved portion of his body registers 75 degrees F (24 C), while the shaved portion is 86 degrees F (30 C).

A dog’s hair is present for several reasons, but perhaps most importantly, for thermal regulation.

Shaving a dog does NOT make it cooler, and you’re not helping them.

Brushing to remove dead fur, providing shade – or even better – air conditioning, and keeping the water dish filled are much better strategies.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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