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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Shaving your Papillon's Hair Coat for the Summer? Be aware:

If you are planning to have your Papillon, or any (small) dog shaved for the summer, think again:
Dogs do not have any sweat glands , nor do they have a great amount of blood vessels on their skin.
They simply do not have the ability to dissipate body heat during hot summer days. Dogs do have sweat glands on their foot pads, but that alone is not sufficient to to regulate their temperature.
By shaving your dog, you actually predispose them to  sunburn, and heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke.
If you keep your dog well combed , brushed, mat free, he will have a better circulation of air through his hair, which acts as a cooling effect.


I shave on some of my dogs their bellies, groin, and armpits, but even that only to the minimal.
We have "bugs" out here, like bees, ants, stinging flies. All those bugs have it much easier to sting a shaved dog than one with plenty of hair.

Conclusion:
Keep your friend well groomed, have plenty of fresh water, and don't shave your dog.

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