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Old 12-15-2009, 11:21 PM
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is it ok to shave your dog

ok so ive worked at petsmart and worked with animals for a verylong time even trained some for therapy work, but for all the time ive heard conflicting reports about shaving your dog, some say its ok some say it causes hotspots, i honestly dont know, does anyone know.




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i'm no expert, but i see lots of dogs that have been shaved all the time... for breeds with a single coat...i don't think it matters so much... for breeds with a double coat, they lose insulation so you would have to make sure they aren't in any extreme temps.... otherwise, i don't think it is really bad... but someone else may have a better answer for you
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Depends on the breed....I think you mentioned getting a spitz?

It can change the coat texture... people will also tell you it wont get as long again....I can tell you it will grown back in..... just maybe a bit coarser... I shave my pom all the time. It grows back different...but it doesn't "ruin" the coat.

as far as hot spots go, you shave to get rid of them (lets the skin breathe) I've never heard of shaving making them occur.

as far as the whole insulation thing...it depends too...in EXTREME heat I find my dog is more comfortable if I shave her down. IN the mid range temps and colder I try to keep it on her.
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It depends HIGHLY on the breed....
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It depends HIGHLY on the breed....
Yep.

I shave my poodle but wouldn't dare shave a husky.
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anything with an undercoat, it's a big no no to shave them because they need that to stay warm/keep dirt out. Most dogs it's alright... but some breeds is BAD for them. Never ask a groomer, PS. I asked my step mom (a groomer) what to do about tegan's shedding and she said to shave him- asked my vet and they said that would be bad for him!
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thanks for all the help
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What kills me about so many people that want a dog shaved that would normally not be (husky/gsd/chow/newf) is that they tell me how it makes the dog shed less. THAT is 75% of the time the reasoning. I just say that no, actually it is just shedding tinier bits. And they say, well, it is a lot cleaner. It is in their head to justify their being too lazy to keep their dog brushed out. I truly believe this.

In my experience it will, over time, destroy the coat on many dogs and usually it becomes softer and thinner or patchy. With a dog like a giant schnauzer that should be stripped but is often clippered, it will soften the coat. I also do a half a dozen chows, gsds, labs, or huskys and after regular (more than three times a year cutting) their coat turns to thinning fluffier more easily matted stuff that looks like a dog with a thyroid condition.
Some dogs it doesn't seem to effect the texture this way....I have some clients that get their short coated JRTs or Labs shaved to the skin and the coat comes in mostly guard hairs and less undercoat.

Some dogs that it is more the norm to shave it is less worrisome. Spaniels get softer often but no one really notices since they keep them cut down. Same with schnauzers.

I don't understand why a vet would say it is bad for the dog.....stupid and a waste of money, but I don't see how it could cause harm. As was said, they shave hot spots and it is part of treatment for them. And while the coat does insulate and it may effect thermoregulation most healthy normal dogs will compensate. Brushing out the coat would cut down on overheating and shedding, but like I said, that takes more work.
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What kills me about so many people that want a dog shaved that would normally not be (husky/gsd/chow/newf) is that they tell me how it makes the dog shed less. THAT is 75% of the time the reasoning. I just say that no, actually it is just shedding tinier bits. And they say, well, it is a lot cleaner. It is in their head to justify their being too lazy to keep their dog brushed out. I truly believe this.

In my experience it will, over time, destroy the coat on many dogs and usually it becomes softer and thinner or patchy. With a dog like a giant schnauzer that should be stripped but is often clippered, it will soften the coat. I also do a half a dozen chows, gsds, labs, or huskys and after regular (more than three times a year cutting) their coat turns to thinning fluffier more easily matted stuff that looks like a dog with a thyroid condition.
Some dogs it doesn't seem to effect the texture this way....I have some clients that get their short coated JRTs or Labs shaved to the skin and the coat comes in mostly guard hairs and less undercoat.

Some dogs that it is more the norm to shave it is less worrisome. Spaniels get softer often but no one really notices since they keep them cut down. Same with schnauzers.

I don't understand why a vet would say it is bad for the dog.....stupid and a waste of money, but I don't see how it could cause harm. As was said, they shave hot spots and it is part of treatment for them. And while the coat does insulate and it may effect thermoregulation most healthy normal dogs will compensate. Brushing out the coat would cut down on overheating and shedding, but like I said, that takes more work.

thank you that is the best response so far
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Some dogs need to be shaved because the owners won't brush the dog regularly to prevent matting. Keeping certain breeds in full coat is hard and most people don't have the time for this (shihtzus, poodles, maltese, havanese, etc). Shaving does not cause hotspots. A hotspot is a bacterial infection. In fact, if you don't groom your dog often enough the chances of getting hotspots are greater. It is not the groomer's fault that your dog has a hotspot. It might just be the owner's fault! Bacteria infests mats and once the groomer shaves those mats out you may find a hotspot. So brush your dog and get him bathed regularly.

When you shave double coated dogs there is a chance that the hair does not grow back properly or at all. This type of hair is not meant to be shaved. If you are worried about shedding then you shouldn't have a double coated dog.

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Never ask a groomer, PS. I asked my step mom (a groomer) what to do about tegan's shedding and she said to shave him- asked my vet and they said that would be bad for him!
That's just a bad groomer and a smart vet! Usually it's the other way around (vets generally don't know a thing about grooming). If you want your double coated dog shaved then the groomer should be warning you what may happen.

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It can change the coat texture... people will also tell you it wont get as long again....I can tell you it will grown back in..... just maybe a bit coarser... I shave my pom all the time. It grows back different...but it doesn't "ruin" the coat.
In this case you are lucky. A lot of the time it DOES ruin the coat or it won't grow back in some spots at all. Sometimes only the undercoat grows back. I have seen a lot of ruined pom coats from shaving, believe me. I hope yours continues to grow back normally.
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