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That's not altogether true. Shaved I agree. But for the most part that is false information. I researched before I had them groomed. The sunburn theory is false unless the dog is SHAVED and that is from experience!!!

I will see if I can dig up some pictures. Missy's has grown back so much in a few months it would not be accurate. "Puppy length" would be about right.

Which brings up the point if that theory is correct why don't puppy's sunburned??
I stand by what my veterinarian has told me and the veterinary hospital policy, not by one owner's experience.

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I live in Arizona where it gets very hot in the summer. Should we shave our dog to help keep her cool?

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My patients often ask me this very same question, and I also see many dogs on the street during summer who have been shaved. Unfortunately, shaving a dog to keep her cool is not a good idea. A normal summer coat protects from the heat. However, if your dog's coat is matted it will be less effective in protecting from the heat. Therefore, she should be brushed regularly to make sure that loose hair from her undercoat isn't trapped beneath the outer coat. A dog's fur actually acts as insulation from both heat and cold. Shaving can also make her more susceptible to sunburn.



Dr. Dan Lauridia, "Dr. Dan," is the chief veterinarian at DoggedHealth.com and owns his own veterinary practice in New York City.

http://mjmcompany.com/dog-grooming-tips.htm

Shaving the coat ... may seem like a solution but is not a good idea. A dog's coat is insulation which protects against both cold and heat. Shaving the coat also exposes a dog's skin to sunburn! For short Haircuts ... using a clipper with a snap on comb attachment is a good idea. Cutting just the top coat and not the undercoat leaves nature's protection against sun and heat and delivers manageable style.

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I stand by what my veterinarian has told me and the veterinary hospital policy, not by one owner's experience.
Great don't shave your dog. You can get any opinion for or against anything on the internet.

I will do what's best for my dog and if the dog benefits from it I will do it and continue to do it.

I did however talk to some field people who have done it also. So I didn't just one day decide to groom him.

Insulation can work both ways,shielding from external and also holding in internal heat as in preventing cooling.

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I just feel that we should never assume anything when it comes to our pets. They can't speak for themselves so it's up to us to be extra vigilant in making sure that when we leave them in someone else's care, whether it's for grooming, boarding, vet care, etc., we know what to expect during their stay.
I agree with this and upset that I didn't take extra steps in asking questions, getting answers or educating myself about it first; feeling like I let our pup down.

I called the groomer today (they run their business out of their home). I told her that she should put more time and effort in explaining exactly what she is going to do, that I thought she intended to shave his butt, under his tail and clean up his back legs. She said that she shaves atleast 15 goldens a week, that it is very commen and she just did 3 today, 2 of them were her own.

Again, when posting this thread I was embarrassed because I am always aware of taking the best care of my golden. I just want this to be a learning lesson for us all.

I love him to peices regardless how he looks, it was the way he was initially acting afterwards that made me sad but he is back to his old-puppy-self again and he's happy and with that, I'm happy.
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I love him to peices regardless how he looks, it was the way he was initially acting afterwards that made me sad but he is back to his old-puppy-self again and he's happy and with that, I'm happy.

I'm glad he's back to his old self. Don't beat yourself up...we all make mistakes...the last time I took Maggie to the groomer, they said "do you want her de-shedded?" and I said "yes" thinking they meant with a rake...they furminated her coat and ruined it...I was so mad, but, I learned to ask before I leave my dog with a groomer.
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With digital cameras EVERYWHERE nowadays & it so cheap and easy to get pictures developed..... For the life of me I cant figure out why groomers don't show clients pictures of what they intended to do and have the clients sign-off on it....wouldn't that make sense?!?!

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I agree with this and upset that I didn't take extra steps in asking questions, getting answers or educating myself about it first; feeling like I let our pup down.
You didn't let your pup down, the groomer did. Don't blame yourself on this one...it's not your fault at all.

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