Well When I do Missy I won't shave her down to the skin kind of blad, I just trim it really short, like summertime length. Just enough to where the sun can reach the skin and help it heal. Missy loves the sponge bath because I am itching her itchy spots as well as healing them so it makes me happy and her happy! I also clip the whole neck and face, just stopping on her shoulder where the blanket falls naturally so she won't get too cold in the ever changing weather.
I am lucky enough to have weather in the 50's where I am so blankets aren't necessary but the change in Sammy's fur coat might make him cold so I suggest a blanket till he gets warmer weather. :)
Your very welcome for the advice, I'm glad to help!