Tuesday, 14 July 2015

No Heated Cage Dryers at Bramble Cottage

As promised a post about heated cage dryers.
I Never use heated cage dryers in my salon. Ever. I like the dogs that visit my salon to have a spa treatment experience rather than being in a factory environment, and I consider them to be dangerous.
Dogs cool themselves in an entirely different and somewhat less efficient manner to humans.  Unlike humans, they have very few sweat glands.  The few they do have are located mostly in the pads of their feet.  A hot or nervous dog will leave damp footprints on the surface it stands on, but these glands are not terribly effective at cooling your pet when it becomes overheated.

Dogs primarily regulate their temperature by panting and breathing.  The moisture on the surfaces of their tongue, mouth, and upper respiratory tract evaporate as air passes over them.  Dogs with shortened muzzles such as Pugs, Bulldogs, and Shih Tzu have more difficulty cooling themselves because their sinus cavities are far more compact. However, if the air the dog is breathing is not considerably cooler than its body temperature, this method of cooling cannot work properly and overheating could occur.

When dogs pant, they increase the speed of their respirations, but breathe more shallowly.  The faster breathing exchanges the warm air from inside the body at a rapid rate.  The lungs function in this capacity to not only exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen but also to lower the body temperature.  It is important to note that dogs may also pant when they are nervous, afraid or ill. 

Another way that dogs exchange heat is by expanding blood vessels that are located in the ears and on the face.  The blood flows close to surface of the skin, where it can be exposed to cooler air before it recirculates to the rest of the body.

From this information we learn that it is important that dogs have cooler than body temperature air to breath in order to regulate their body heat and avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
In some salons heated cage dryers are used to dry off just-bathed dogs as the groomer attends to other dogs. Sometimes though, a pet that is too warm or in distress may be missed when the cage dryer is on and people are busy. Dogs have ended up in emergency rooms or died from heat stroke after getting too hot from a cage dryer. There are plenty of examples on the net of why I don't use heated cage dryers and plenty of pictures of horribly burned dogs too.
At Bramble Cottage Dog Grooming  I use a fluff or force dryer after the bath then proceed with the haircut.  I don't believe that heated cage dryers are safe and so I don't use them.  When I work on any person’s beloved pet, I do so as if they were one of my own beloved pooch's.

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