Dog owners, listen up: Be sure to give your dog the right haircut for its breed. You may be burning up in the hot summer months, but trimming your dog's fur too short to help them cool off can actually do more harm than good. The naturally long, thick fur on some dogs has a purpose; it helps block harmful UV rays, preventing overheating and sunburns. In the winter months, letting the coat get too long can actually cause your dog to overheat, even if the temperatures outside would suggest otherwise. A good rule of thumb: Ask for a groomer's advice to make sure your best friend is comfortable and protected.
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