QI have an 11-month-old male chow. I would like to know if you could give me any information about having his fur trimmed on his underside, since it will be getting hot soon. Somebody suggested to me to have his underside trimmed. Does this sound right?? If you could can you give me info on what to do, or any grooming shops that know how to properly trim a chow. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area,( Alameda, Oakland).
AYou can thin out the coat with a pair of thinning scissors (They have one regular blade and the other is perforated like a comb). Cutting with these can thin the coat down and not loose it all. These scissors you can get at any salon supply store, also make sure that they are very sharp. This will assure clean cuts. The other thing that you can do is to get him shaved down to just about half an inch of fur; it will grow back by fall. If you decide to do this, take him to a professional groomer. If you are unsure about a groomer, go through the phone book and call your local groomers in your area and talk with them and see which one is good with Chows.
I hope this helps guide you and your Chow Chow to help keep cool in the hot summer months. For more information and help be sure to check the Grooming Discussion forums where you can seek input from the community.
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