With the record setting temperatures this summer you’re probably thinking of ways to keep your Pom cool. You might think that giving your pom a short haircut or shaving him is one way to cool him off, but you’d be very wrong!
In this article Yogi explains how poms cool themselves and why giving them an extreme hair cut can actually cause them to overheat more easily.
Poms Don’t Sweat, but Cool in Other Ways
We start with a quick science lesson on how poms cool themselves.
While we sweat to cool our bodies when hot, dogs aren’t evolved to sweat. Instead, they cool themselves through other ways:
- Conduction–transferring heat by directly touching a cooler object like the floor
- Convection when they’re hosed down, jump into a pool, or are next to a fan
- Panting to get rid of heat through evaporation
Summer Haircuts and Shaving are Bad!
You might think that because Pomeranians are descended from arctic dogs (see our article on pomeranian lineage), their thick, fluffy fur coat is a bad thing to wear in the summer. Giving him a pomeranian summer haircut sounds tempting!
But the same ability that enables fur to keep dogs warm in the winter—thermal insulation—also helps keep them cool in the summer. One dog expert interviewed in the Washington Post recommends against shaving your Pom unless there’s a medical reason, since sun that directly reaches the skin will transfer the heat directly to your Pom’s body.
Research on camels support this idea, finding that camels that are shaved do worse than those with fur and require more water to keep cool!
Avoid Exercising in the Heat
Besides not shaving your pom, another thing you should do is to avoid exercising with your pom when it’s hot outside.
The only way for your pom to remove heat while exercising is through panting, but this also causes dehydration. Experts say this is made worse because dogs don’t know when to stop and always want to follow you, so just because you’re a heat marathon demon (not recommended, by the way) doesn’t mean your furry buddy is one too.
How to spot An Overheated Pomeranian
Here are some signs to spot a pom that is overheating:
- Panting very hard
- He seems confused and is moving sluggishly
- Tongue and gums are bright red
- Weak and uncoordinated
- Drooling excessively
How Have You Kept Your Pom Cool This Summer
What other ways have you used for keeping your pomeranian cool this summer? We’d love to hear your ideas. Please share them in the comments section!