Reasons why shaving your dog is not always the best solution

Double-coated dogs should never be shaved

You can shave dogs with short hairs without causing any problem, but sometimes there’s still risk associated with the procedure.

Reasons why shaving your dog is not always the best solution

When you shave your dog, it exposes them to a lot of dangers. But a lot of people wrongly believe that shaving a dog’s coat helps to keep them cool during hot days. It doesn’t work that way because a dog’s coat is a natural insulator on its own, so removing the furs will only expose your dog’s skin to sunlight, and this can cause overheating and discomfort.

Coat damage

The coarse guard coat and the softer undercoat of a dog’s coat grow at different rates, and when you shave these two layers together, it can cause permanent damage to the coat. Besides, it loses its balance to provide enough protection and insulation.

Irregular and excessive shedding

All animals that have fur including dogs shed naturally, and that’s because air grows and dies following a life cycle.

Sunburn

The fur coat protects against the dangerous UV light rays. When you shave your dog, the skin gets exposed to these UV radiations, causing sunburn. This can be painful, and in severe cases can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

Skin problems

When you shave your dog’ coat too short, it can cause painful bumps as the ingrown hair develops. Besides, it can worsen skin problems like sensitivity or dryness.

Allergies

Many dog owners think their allergies are triggered by their dog’s hair, so they decide to shave their dog’s hair.

Clipper injuries

Some dogs are reluctant groomers or aren’t used to the noise of the shaving clippers, and this can cause the chattering blades to spook their coat. Besides, if the dog moves unexpectedly or twitches, the clipper can cause severe cuts. The hotness of clippers can also cause painful burns when it comes in contact with a dog’s skin.

Harder fur maintenance

Apart from permanently damaging your dog’s fur coat, shaving will cause your dog’s hair not to be as thick and luscious as before. It will be knottier and the chance of matting becomes high.

Increased risk of cancer

When long-haired dogs are ripped off other coats, the chances of developing cancer become high. However, note that any dog whether shaved or not can develop cancer if they are not well taken care of.

Safer Shaving Alternatives

There are safer measures you can take to keep your pet cool and comfortable instead of shaving their fur coat. It saves you the risk and problems associated with shaving.

Coat trimming

You can trim the longer parts of your dog’s coat to reduce bulk. It’s a simple procedure but ensure you do not remove too much length. When you trim your dog, it makes them more comfortable and improves their appearance.

Regular grooming

Grooming is also a good measure to keep your dog cool. You can remove much of the loose fur by brushing thoroughly. This helps to minimize shedding.

Provide water

Your dog shouldn’t be left thirsty. Always ensure they get plenty of fresh, clean water to drink. This way, they stay well-hydrated to regulate their own temperature more efficiently.

Let him get wet

You can buy a kiddie pool for your dog to cool off in your backyard. Also, you can take them to natural environments like a river, pond, creek, or lake where they can play and dig in a muddy riverbank to have a nice cool off.

Provide shade

Instead of shaving your dog to help them stay cool, you can provide shades on the hottest days. You can keep them indoors in a cool area to protect them from the harmful effect of UV radiation.

Adjust activities

You can adjust the time you walk or exercise your dog to help them stay cool. Avoid walking your dog when the weather is very hot.

Conclusion

Always have it in mind that shaving your dog’s hair, especially the double-coated dog’s hair is not always the best solution, especially during the summer period. It can change the texture of the hair, making it become coarse, and things like twigs and burrs will stick to them.

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