Dog Shaving: Helpful or Harmful?
Every year when summer arrives and the days grow longer and hotter, you can’t help but notice many people out walking their newly-shaved dogs.
Here are some of the reasons shaving your dog is simply NOT a good idea, summer or winter:
- Dogs’ coats are designed to capture air and use it for insulation.
- In winter, this keeps heat in and in summer, it helps regulate body temperature.
- Dogs don’t cool down the same way humans do; they can only perspire using their foot pad and lung areas (by panting), and shaving has no effect on these areas.
- The other way dogs cool down is through enlarged blood vessels carrying warm blood to the surface of the skin in the face and, again, shaving will have no effect on this.
- Your dog’s fur also protects him from the harmful effects of the sun.
- You can also do damage to double-coated dogs’ fur by shaving it off.
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