Shaving your dog: yes or no?

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Many dog owners are wondering: should I or shouldn’t I shave my dog? In fact, it depends of the type of dog and the type of its fur. Some dogs like Shih Tzus, Poodles and Bichons have a single coat.

These breads can be shaven and over time, their coat may become softer or may have a slight colour change. Still, you must be careful when you shave them right down since it will expose them to the sun.

Other dogs have a double coat. The cover (or top) coat is made of tougher protective layer and the under coat is thick and soft. Breeds of whom have an undercoat are Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Pomeranians and Shetland Sheepdogs.

That is why we must brush them throughout the year, especially in spring when they have “tufts” of soft and dense fur. This is called moulting.

This whole layer of undercoat should also be brushed to allow air to circulate well and also allow the second thinner layer to protect the dog from the sun and mosquito bites.

In summary, brush your dog regularly and remove all the undercoat (except for Huskies). This will allow the dog to remain their natural ability to stay cool and be protected from the sunburns during summer and warm and dry during winter.

To read the original article in English, you can visit albertnorthvetclinic.com website.

(Source: albertnorthvetclinic.com)

Amelie Delobel

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