MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - May 23, 2011) - (Family Features) When warm weather hits, people put away the winter coats and slip into something a little more comfortable for the higher temperatures. The four-legged family members need a little help to make the transition, however, as pets also need to stay cool when sunny days arrive. PetSmart grooming expert Linda Erickson shares her tips on prepping pets for the season with regular grooming appointments and at-home treatments that will make everyone paw-fectly happy it's summer.

Drop the Winter Coat: It's important to help your dog get rid of their heavier winter coat so they can stay cool as temperatures rise. A bath will release the undercoat and a good brushing will get rid of the extra hair. To make sure pets are extra silky and shiny, a dose of milk bath moisturizing conditioner and regular at-home brushings will help make coats softer and healthier.

Less is Not Always More: Pet parents often think shaving a dog during the summer is the answer to shedding and overheating. However, a pet's coat actually helps regulate their body temperature and protects them from the sun. The FURminator Shed-less Treatment is an alternative to shaving and an effective way to help control shedding and keep pets cooler.

Swimming Safety: Swimming is a great activity during warm weather, but your dog will need a good cleaning after a dip in the pool or ocean. Be sure to rinse your pet after swimming to remove chemicals or irritants from their coat, as these can dry out your pet's skin. Also, try to keep your dog's ears clean and dry after swimming. Swab their ears with a cotton ball and use a recommended ear cleaner to help remove any waxy build-up or water left behind.

Regular Maintenance Required: Dogs have regular, ongoing needs no matter the season, including coat, tooth and paw care. A good teeth-cleaning routine both at home and the grooming salon is an essential part of a pet's health. And it's important to help keep dogs' paws healthy with regular nail trims and removal of any extra hair so debris won't get stuck in their paws.

To learn more about grooming, stop by your local PetSmart store to speak with a PetSmart Academy trained groomer, or visit www.PetSmart.com/Grooming.

Contact Information:

Wendy MacDonald
1-888-824-3337 ext. 235