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Pet Tip of the Week: Does Shaving a Dog Make Him Cool?(

Texas Ten by Dawn Watson


  Some dogs need to be groomed, (have their hair cut) regularly. Other breeds, whose hair or fur only grows to one length and then stops growing, should not be shaved, according to professionals.

  Huskies, for example, have coats that provide insulation against extreme temperatures. Their fur consists of two coats which regulate the amount of heat and cold that penetrates the dog’s skin.

  According to Shannon Heggem, a professional groomer and canine expert, shaving dogs that shed can permanently change the way their coats grow in. It can also lead to sunburn and heat stroke, as

the resultant exposed skin is unaccustomed to the elements. Banner

  Clipper alopecia is another condition resulting from shaving a shedding dog, leaving large areas that will never grow hair.

  Miss Heggem also states that, “With a mixed breed dog it can be difficult to determine which group the dog falls into (shedding or non-shedding).”

  There are a few breeds that have little or no hair. The Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier and Xoloitzcuintli (Xolo) need to be protected from extremes in temperature. During the summer, the application of sun screen is very important, as is bundling the dog in layers of warm clothing when it’s cold outside.

  If you are considering shaving your dog this summer, please consult a professional groomer or your veterinarian before making a decision that could cause more harm than good. Your haste could put your dog’s comfort and safety in jeopardy. 

As always Cleary’s notebook encourages dialogue so your comments are welcome! 

Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030

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Pictured: Chinese Crested dogs rescued from a puppy mill, in June 2011. All the dogs have found Forever Homes or are being fostered.