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UK heatwave: Should I shave my pet in extreme heat?

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To say it’s really hot in the UK right now is an understatement, and conditions are about to get worse.

Present heat wave will see extreme temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius make landfall in southern England next week, with “danger to life” weather warning extended until Tuesday (July 19).

The Met Office warned that extreme conditions could cause serious illness and life-threatening illness, and there was a one-fifth chance Britain could record its hottest temperature ever this week. next.

The intense heat is not only felt by humans, but also caused by pet also. Seeing them seem uncomfortable in the heat can make you feel anxious.

As our beloved furry friends pant and search for shady spots to get away from the heat, you might think shaving would help cool them down.

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But is it a good idea?

Dr Samantha Webster, veterinarian at Joii Pet Care, warns pet owners to “stay away from clippers”.

“It may sound paradoxical, but clipping pets can actually make them hotter instead of cooler,” she says. The Independent.

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While humans may think that cutting their dog or cat’s coat short might be like taking off a layer of clothing, that’s not the case.

“In hot weather, pets’ fur traps a layer of cool air next to their bodies to prevent them from overheating,” explains Dr. Webster.

“While trimming a long or shaggy coat can be helpful, pet parents should never shave their pet.”

Even when it comes to pets with thick coats, such as rice husks, Dr. Webster says the same principle applies.

“Huskies have what is called a double coat, which means the undercoat is a soft, fluffy coat close to the skin, and this is what helps keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer,” she says, warning Owner. to “make sure not to cut that paragraph”.

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However, dog breeds with double coats, including poodles, golden retrievers and Labradors, German Shepherds, Pomeranians, chows and corgis, can benefit from regular trimming and brushing. often.

Dr Webster says: “Dogs with a double coat that shed a lot and brush off the undercoat will improve airflow near the body, helping them stay cool.

If you’ve taken the step of shaving your pet meaningfully but not well, you may need to take extra steps to protect them from the sun, she says. The Independent.

“Cutting or shaving pets means they are exposed to more direct sunlight, which can lead to an increased risk of overheating, heatstroke and sunburn.

“The good news is the hair grows back,” she added. “Until that happens, pet parents should limit the amount of time their pets are exposed to direct sun, apply sunscreen to their pets, and follow the tips below to help keep pets cool. .”

So don’t shave your pet even if they appear hot and uncomfortable during a heat wave. Instead, Dr. Webster recommends taking other measures to help keep them cool.

Regular brushing to remove hair loss and prevent fluff helps better air circulation near the skin.

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If your pet’s fur is gray or too long, take them to a professional groomer to help make them more comfortable.

Groomers can also trim the fur around their paws, where pets sweat, or around their bellies and legs to help keep them cool.

Additionally, ensuring they have access to cool water and shade is essential to keeping pets comfortable during a heatwave.

Dog owners should only walk their dogs during the coolest times of the day, Dr. Webster says.

“If it gets too hot, skip walking altogether,” she recommends. “Excessive exercise in hot weather is the most common cause of heatstroke in dog. “

Dr Webster also stresses the importance of never leaving your dog unattended in a hot car, adding: “It can take as little as 10 minutes for a dog to overheat.”

Last but not least, being aware of the signs of heatstroke can save your pet in an emergency.

Symptoms of heatstroke in pets include panting, shortness of breath, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse.

Dr. Webster recommends: “If owners see these signs, they should seek veterinary care immediately.

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