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Features July 2016 Issue

Shorn for Summer?

Not a great idea, even during the dog days of summer.

Shorn for Summer?

Many dogs go trimmed, or even shaved, for the warm summer months. Is cutting their tresses really in their best interest?

Girls pull their hair back into ponytails; boys get buzz cuts. It helps keep them feeling fresh and cool for summer. Do dogs like to have their locks pushed or cut away in the hot summer months, too?

No, says Tufts veterinary dermatologist Lluis Ferrer, DVM, PhD, DECVD, and in general, it’s a bad idea. Hair on a dog is actually “insulating” from the heat, Dr. Ferrer comments. “The hair coat creates an air chamber between…

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