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Is Your Dog Shedding?

Shaving vs. De-shedding

Should I shave or de-shed my dogs hair? We want you to be informed!

When you shave your dog this is what happens:

  • Risk of overheating or heat stroke is increased due to lack of “insulation”

  • Dog still continues to shed profusely
  • Your dog’s coat may not grow back especially in older dogs.
  • His coat may grow in sparsely, creating an unattractive look

  • Risk of skin cancer is greatly increased
  • Shaved dogs should wear sunscreen when exposed to sunlight
  • Coat will grow back thicker with each shaving, creating a more dense/thicker coat that will shed even more.

Here are the pros and cons of Deshedding:

  • Dogs will sometimes need a follow-up shed treatment to fully remove winter undercoat.
  • Dog may need 2nd treatment within 14 days of initial treatment
  • Dogs may have an increased shedding or 1-3 days after treatment as the coat will continue to drop out, from follicle stimulation

  • Dogs still have natural heating and cooling capability decreasing chances of overheating
  • Dogs are more comfortable when properly de-shedded vs. shaving.

Now that you all the facts about shaving vs. de-shedding you can make the most informed choice for your loved one!

Assertive K-9 Training is located in Corona, California. We offer obedience training for all breeds and specialize in solving obedience problems and proper socializing training for your dog. Mention this blog and receive $25 off your dogs stay with us! We offer full boarding services and dogs receive a bath and blow dry before they come home! (bath prices vary depending upon dog).

11111 Spanish Hills Drive, Corona, CA 92883
Diana Foster, CPDT – Certified Pet Dog Trainer

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