|Barked: Wed May 8, '13 3:53am PST |
|I live in Australia as well, in Townsville QLD, and our last summer heat wave was a stinking hot 42 degrees C. Shaving a husky does more harm than good in heat, our vet explained it to me by saying that a husky's coat not only keeps the heat in during cold, but also traps in cold air during good. Taking it away can actually overheat your husky more so than leaving it there. Remember that Siberian huskies are initially from Siberia, where summers get just as hot as they do here down under. They survived there with their thick coats, as long as you give them plenty of water and shade they'll survive here
Genetically speaking (I study this for a living), there are huskies who's undercoats will never grow back properly. It's an inherited trait linked to their DNA and unfortunately there's now way to tell if your husky will have that trait or not. If the undercoat doesn't grow back properly, you leave your dog at risk of multiple skin disorders, not to mention melanomas which are so common in huskies in Australia that it's saddening. Ultimately it's a personal choice, but the only thing I ask is that you research the risks before you go through with it.
Edited by author Wed May 8, '13 3:56am PST
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