Q: How to shave my Saint Bernard in hot weather?
Last year we tried with regular clippers, but her double layer fur coat is too much for the clippers. It will be really hot in California in summer, and she needs to be shaved sadly :( any tips?
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Answer by kykymommy
It may be very hot there....but sadly many people dont know that by shaving a dog with a double coat to make them ''cooler'' you are actually taking thier air conditioning away. Which will result in your dog overheating more easily. However if your dog is matted badly and needs to be shaved and thats the only option then you need to invest in a undercoat rake (which is a brush for doublecoated dogs) it takes the underlying dead and old hair off of them and also grooming clippers for dogs that is specified for thicker coats.
Answer by Silly Rabbit Tricks
No No No… DO NOT SHAVE that dog… No she dose need to shaved… Shaving dose not cool a dogs down.. Coat length has nothing to do with it, if this were the case short coated breeds like pugs would not get hot.. The only thing you are going to do is cause damage to your dogs coat.. Shaving a double coated breed WILL damage the coat.. This is why dogs shed and double coated breeds blow coat to get rid of all that coat they grew for the colder months..
Yes I live in calif and yes we get hot but you don;t shave a double coated breed you will damage the coat even to a point where the dog may not blow coat and this can become dangerous… If you wish to help your dog make an app with a groomer and get your dog in for a good bath and coat blow out..
Your dogs coat works as insulation. By shaving you are doing more harm than good…
Answer by Dear.Dannii
Please don't! With all your best intentions you'll be making it worse for her! the dogs coat is designed to protect them from the sun and the hair should trap cool air between it (like our own hair). if you clip the hair down.. it'll grow in thicker and you'll destroy the guard hair, which means you'll have a thick horrible fluff that will need shaved every 6-8 weeks and brushed everyday to try and avoid matting
The only reason this wouldn'tnt be enough is if she had undercoat..in that case you should get her to a groomers where they can blast out and brush out the undercoat, solving your problem.
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Also…and rather worryingly, if your clipparen'trent going through the coat it could mean your undercoat is really thick and has matted – or it can just be your clippers aren't good quality or you're using the wrong blade.
Find yourself a good groomer for a consultation.. be careful, it'll cost you more to clip her and it's alot of work to blast out the under coat so dont let them talk you into the easy option.
You dont want to make the problem worse, especially since you're trying to be responsible and help her.
Also, you can get Rock sulpher from pet shops to put in their waterbowls it works to help keep the dog cool and lasts a good while!
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