Reasons why shaving your dog is not always the best solution

A lot of dog owners believe shaving their dog helps them cool off well in summer, but the truth is that this action could lead to irreplaceable damage to a dog’s coat, making the dog more uncomfortable.

Double-coated dogs should never be shaved

Long-haired breeds should never be shaved because you’ll be causing a lot of damage to their intricately balanced coat. Breeds like German shepherds, golden retriever, and Siberian huskies should never be shaved. More so, any dog that sheds huge clumps of fur seasonally is in this category.

Reasons why shaving your dog is not always the best solution

The major reasons why you shouldn’t shave your dog include:

Coat damage

In the end, the coat may have uneven patches when it grows back. And the texture will look ragged in a way that will be hard to groom properly.

To make matters worse, your dog’s topcoat may not grow back again, and that’s so unfair for your pooch.

Irregular and excessive shedding

Dogs shed their hairs either seasonally or all-year-round, but most dogs will shed during fall or spring, or during periods when the temperature fluctuates.

When you shave your dog, it’s not going to make your dog shed less hair. The rate of shedding still remains the same and it’s not influenced by how long the hair is.

Shaving is only going to get rid of the shorter pieces of hair on your dog, and your shed hairs will still be the same lying around your home.

Sunburn

Skin problems

Allergies

But the truth is that you’re not even allergic to your dog’s hair; what you’re allergic to is something called “dander,” — a collection of dead cells in the undercoat of your dog.

So, shaving is not the solution, it will even make your allergies worse as you’ll be exposed to more dander.

Note that the double coat of your dog saves you from sneezing all the time. So it’s wrong to shave your dog due to allergies.

Clipper injuries

Harder fur maintenance

The result is that you’ll spend more time trying to groom your long-haired dogs if their coat is damaged.

Don’t think you’ll easily manage the thinner hair after shaving; you’ll be shocked to find out that it’s not easy to manage your dog’s fur coat after your action.

Increased risk of cancer

A good way to reduce the chances of your dog developing diseases like cancer is to help them maintain a healthy life.

Safer Shaving Alternatives

Here are safer alternatives you can adopt:

Coat trimming

Regular grooming

Also, you can shampoo your dog’s hair on a regular basis to minimize dander and keep the coat looking radiant always.

Provide water

Let him get wet

Provide shade

However, some doors prefer to stay outdoors, and in such cases, you can provide good shades for them to cool off.

Adjust activities

You can exercise them early in the morning or late in the evening when they can enjoy the cool temperature.

Conclusion

More so, looking at the risks and dangers described above, you should understand that shaving your dog is only a short-sighted act of kindness. You can simply look into the safer alternatives described above to provide the best care for your furry friend.

You should only shave after consulting your veterinarian and that’s required for a health condition. Besides, only a professional groomer should take up this task. A good groomer will have the expertise to know the best service that suits your dog’s needs.

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