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I brought my 4 year old Alaskan Malamute to the groomers and when I came back, he was shaved. The temperature here reaches to almost 40 Celsius here. I know he shouldn't be kept outside in direct sunlight for too long cause he might get sunburnt.

My concern is that his fur might not grow back properly. What should I do to help his fur grow back properly? Will he be okay? And if there's anything else I need to know, please tell me. I'm really scared and anxious about him.
 

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I'm not positive about his fur. it really depends on the dog. In the grooming salon I work at we've seen dogs get their whole coat back just like it was, and seen dogs with bald patches that will never come back. Luckily, since he is four years old you have a much better chance of his coat coming back normal then if he was a puppy.

What I wanted to chime in to say though is never ever go back to that groomer. Any groomer who will shave a dog without explicitly asking an owner first isn't one I would take my dog to. Sometimes a dog does need to be shaved because of mats or whatnot but I know at the salon I work at we make owners sign a completely different form confirming that they know and understand that we have to shave the mats out and another signature confirmation if we decided to shave the whole dog to make things look even after mat shave-outs.

We hear tons of horror stories of people going to cheap groomers in this area with no training expecting a Yorkie or Schnauzer cut and coming back with a naked dog. I am a firm believer in practicality over vanity (specifically I can't stand people who have long-haired dogs and keep them long who won't brush them out on a regular basis, then get mad at us when we say we have to shave all the mats out). However a good rule to follow is if a groomer is ready to just take your dog back, without discussing at all (or taking notes if its a busy salon!) the specific cut you want, then that's a big red flag and a sign to walk right back out and find someone different.
 

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Any suggestions on what I should to promote hair growth and what I should do to help my dog cope with not having a coat? :(
I'm not positive because I've never owned a dog whose been shaved however from the slim research I just did daily brushing should help stimulate the blood flow and also adding some skin and coat supplements would help. Hopefully someone else here will have more specific help for you!
 

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If he seems to be upset by his lack of hair you can put a sweater or t-shirt on him to help him adjust.

Whether or not he grows back the same is up in the air. My 10 year old terrier was shaved when he was out of my care for a month, and while his coat grew back it was never the same after that. He had a long, double coat and after being shaved it was much more prone to matting during shedding season, before that I can't recall it ever really matting, the top coat was never really the same and along his back it never grew back to it's original length.

I'd make sure to keep him brushed to prevent any matting and give the top coat a chance to grow out.
 

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You must have been so horrified! Here's what is recommended by many to promote growth quickly...........






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I've used MirraCoat as a coat suppliment and really liked it!
 

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I would have gone mental if they shaved my dog without my permission. What did you say when you saw him?
I don't have any tips for hair growth, im pretty sure it will grow back fine but I would definitely keep up with regular brushes to help stimulation and blood flow and to direct the regrowth.
Best of luck
 

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I would be irate if this happened. What the heck made them do that? Had you just brought him in for a bath? I think he will manage the summer ok but just be careful on really hot days. If he seems like he might get sunburn ask the vet and there are some doggy sun products for dogs that can get sunburned. Usually it goes on areas like the snout.

I would also write a strongly worded letter to the manager demanding your money back and write a long yelp review!
 

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While this can't guarantee that your dog's coat will be the same, giving salmon oil will help promote good coat and skin condition. I recommend Grizzly Salmon Oil. I ran this oil through my dogs' vet and she approved.
 

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I am a professional dog groomer. In my opinion I would recommend never taking your dog to that groomer again! A well educated groomer that knows what they are doing does everything in their power to avoid shaving double coated dogs! We have a special form clients have to fill out if they insist(even after we educate them on the possible harmful side effects) on getting their double coated dog shaved. As for what you can do now like others said it really does depend on the dog. Also it depends how short they cut him! If they used a longer clip comb he should be fine but then again every dog is different. I always recommend coconut oil to promote healthy skin and coat. I cant remember off the top of my head the exact amount, but put a little in their food everyday. Make sure not to give them too much because they can get diarrhea.
 
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