Q: Should pugs be shaved to reduce shedding?

July 20, 2011 | By Judy P. | 2 answers | Expired: 1651 days ago

Should pugs be shaved to reduce shedding?

I recently took my 2 yr old pug, Sadie, to her first grooming appointment at the suggestion of a neighbor, who told me they helped her dog witht the shedding, also a short haired dog. Well, I asked the groomer to bath her, do the nails, ears, anal glands etc. He recommended she be cut to reduce the shedding and thinking this was routine, I allowed him to do his thing which he explained he does all the time on shedding short haired dogs. When she came out, she was completely shaved down. Not to the skin, but pretty darn near to it. She is uncomfortable with it, and I got concerned. and went online to see what I could find out about it, and most of the info was NOT to shave the pugs, as it keeps them from regulating their temperature in hot and cold weather.....Is this groomer remiss in his suggestion to shave, and should I call him out on it..Is he just trying to make the extra $20? I am sorry now that it is done, as she had a beautifully colored coat, and so soft. Will it grow back the same? And will her uncomfortableness with it go away? I feel like a bad doggie mom at this point. Thanks for your remarks.....Judy

Readers' Answers (2)

Jul 24, 2011

I don't see the point of shaving a short-haired dog just because it sheds. There are some groomers out there who want to shave every dog that comes through the door for some reason. Get a good quality slicker brush and brush your dog every day to reduce shedding. That along with a good premium food should keep the shedding problem under control.

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Jul 20, 2011

Dogs such as rat terriers and pugs shed alot naturaly, But you should not shave them they have shorthair and if you shave them then you will have to to do what the people do who own hairless dogs such as sweaters in the winter time and sun tan lotion and sun block in the summer time or they will get sun burnt the awnser would be alot diffrent for a long haired dog. I would just have them do the de-shed treament at the groomers.

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