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Essential Summer Grooming Tips for Dogs

Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor adventures with your furry friend, but the hot weather also brings specific grooming challenges. Here are five essential tips to keep your dog comfortable and healthy during the summer months.

  1. Know the Right Coat Length

Contrary to popular belief, shaving your dog’s fur might not be the best way to keep them cool. A dog’s coat acts as a natural insulator against both heat and sunburn. Instead of a close shave, trim the fur to leave about an inch of length. This helps in protecting them from the sun and various elements like twigs and burrs. For personalized advice, consider visiting a professional groomer who can recommend the best haircut for your dog’s breed and coat type.

  1. Brush Regularly

Regular brushing is crucial during the summer. It helps remove dirt, debris, and loose fur, preventing matting and reducing shedding. Brushing also distributes natural oils, which keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. Additionally, brushing minimizes the need for frequent baths, which can strip essential oils from their coat and dry out their skin. A well-brushed coat can help prevent hot spots and other skin irritations.

  1. Limit Bathing Frequency

While it might seem like frequent baths would help your dog stay cool, too many baths can actually be harmful. Over-bathing strips natural oils from the coat, leading to dry and irritated skin. Instead, stick to a regular bathing schedule and use a gentle, anti-itch shampoo if your dog suffers from seasonal allergies. Focus on regular brushing to keep your dog clean and free from dirt and allergens.

  1. Clean and Dry Ears Thoroughly

Summer often means more swimming and baths, which can lead to moisture buildup in your dog’s ears. This can cause infections if not properly managed. After each bath or swim, make sure to dry your dog’s ears thoroughly. Using a cotton ball at the top of the ear canal can help prevent water from entering. Additionally, consider using an ear cleaner to keep your dog’s ears free from odors, redness, and itchiness.

  1. Protect Paws from Hot Surfaces

Hot pavement can be extremely harsh on your dog’s paws. When the air temperature is 86°F, the asphalt temperature can reach a scorching 135°F. To prevent burns, schedule walks during cooler parts of the day, like early mornings or late evenings. Walking on grass instead of pavement can also help protect your dog’s paws. Applying paw wax or using protective booties can provide an extra layer of protection against hot surfaces. 


Incorporating these grooming tips into your routine ensures your dog stays comfortable and healthy throughout the summer. Proper grooming not only keeps your dog looking great but also supports their overall well-being.

For an extra pampering session, discover DCC Animal Hospital’s exclusive Sunshine Grooming Package! Treat your pet to our Cooling Coat Package, Summer Shine Spa Package, and Summer Tick & Flea Solutions Package. These limited-time offers will keep your pet cool and refreshed. Enquire now!

DCC Animal Hospital offers comprehensive grooming services tailored to your pet’s needs. With locations in Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida, we provide expert care to keep your pets in top health. Contact us at 9311560101 for bookings and inquiries, or visit our clinics. For more information, visit DCC Animal Hospital.



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