|Barked: Tue May 27, '08 4:43am PST |
|Just playing the devils advocate here. As much as I try to educate people on the risks of shaving, the fact is that some people insist it be done. Some people have been doing it for years without a negative effect, and some insist that their dog is happier. I don't want people who shave their dogs to think that they're giving their dog a death sentence, or to make them think that they are terrible owners.
. In the area that I live I see so many goldens shaved. I asked my vet about over heating in dogs, and although he in no way advocated doing it, he felt that if people used common sense overheating is easy to avoid. He stated that he has seen more dogs without shaved coats die from overheating (This is in no way saying shaving is good!).The fact is, people put dogs, shaved or not shaved, in dangerouos situations that lead to overheating.
I've shaved dogs for all kinds of reasons....kids with allergies is a big one, dogs who get really muddy, to prevent long hair in the pool filter system, to expose hot spots or other skin problems for application of medicine per vet instructions, because people didnt do research and didn't realilze how much their dogs would shed (yes I do know that shaving doesn't reduce shedding, it just makes the hairs smaller).
Yes, I do believe that educating people is very important, but, like I said, I feel that people are saying "you're killing your dog, you're a horrible owner" if people do decide to shave." and that's just not fair.
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