Why did my dog become bald? Clipper Alopecia in dogs


It’s getting warm.  Did you know you absorb  sunlight  through your eyes, so you can manufacture vitamin D? Well, dogs  also absorb sunlight from their eyes., and start  a shed cycle.  Some dogs just explode hair. 
I offer to do a free blowout within 2 weeks of bathing a dog  if I have just loosened the hair, but I am disheartened by the number of people with double coated dogs that  want me to shave the dog.

What is even more discouraging  are the number of veterinarians who tell dog owners to have their dogs shaved so they will be cooler.  The dog will not be cooler, and may be subject to heat stroke. The dog’s  outer coat protects the dog from the sun. DOGS SWEAT THROUGH THEIR FEET.  & by panting—through their tongues. It’s one of the first thing you learn about dogs. It’s important to keep the feet cool.  A wading pool with just an inch of water  is enough.  Many Afghan hounds will stick their feet in their water bowls if they don’t have a pool.

Yes, the bracheocephalics (Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzu & Lhasas) will suffer more  when it is warm.  They have trouble breathing when the temperature is mild.  but Your Collie, golden Retriever, Newfoundland, Great Pyrenees,  Keeshond…they will not be cooler, and the coat may not grow back.

An excellent website that shows photos of this is : http://www.atomic-canine.com/news/2011/03/clipper-alopecia/  Vanessa Padron’s website.  She also has other links that address this.  For a veterinarian to say, “I’ve never seen this, of course it will grow back!” tells me this veterinarian is not a dog lover, and doesn’t know much about dogs.  Ask any breeder of rough coated terriers what happens to their dogs’ coats if they are clipped.  For Miniature Schnauzers, sometimes you can never show the dog again—because the topcoat does not grow back.

The groomer who does not advise the  dog owner  of this is either inexperienced or unethical.  Now, what about the Afghans, Bearded Collies,  any drape  coated dog. Do they get ‘clipper alopecia’?  It  doesn’t seem that they do, but often, they coat grows back thicker, and coarser…and the dog goes through the ‘puppy coat stage’ of hair weaving together as it grows back.

So, what do I advise people who  claim the dogs is hot  and/or is shedding  so much?  Brushing the dog once a week, raking out the undercoat, and making sure the dog is not matted. No excuses. I don’t want to hear how busy you are, or how expensive I am. If you think some other groomer is going to be more honest and offer you a better deal because he will pander to your logic, go for it.  it won’t be the first time a dog owner has come back to me and said, “I should have listened to you…”

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