Notice to all those people who belong to the Flat Earth Society – Long and thick coats on animals do NOT make them cooler!
Many times I have been in discussion with breeders and pet owners that dogs and cats with long or thick coats use these coats to keep the air cooler at the skin. I think I’ve heard this theory around 1000 times over my working life.
Now, there are also some people who believe that if you throw yourself off the roof of a house then it is possible to fly. I have known a lot of children who have disproved this theory!
Some people believe that chocolate that is given to you as a gift has no calories – I have personally disproved that theory many times.
There are lots of theories I hear in my profession that are wrong
Theories such as;
- some flea washes are “natural”,
- Droughtmaster cattle do not need water to drink,
- the Outer Afghanistan Racing Tadpole swims backwards to keep the water out of its eyes
- and that long or thick-coated animals use the coat to keep their body cool.
Logic alone tells you – if you have a warm or hot base (the body that continues to have a temperature of 38.5 degrees), and if you put an insulation layer around it to stop the air from escaping (like a jumper or a wetsuit), then the air is going to become superheated. In other words – the air above the skin gets HOTTER!
Where does the cool air come from?
After 43 years of dealing with animals as a veterinarian, I have yet to see any animal become cooler as a direct result of the coat being thick.
If you own a dog or cat with a long or thick coat I would like to suggest the following;
- Do NOT listen to the people who try to tell you that the long or thick coat is keeping your animal cool.
- Do listen the millions of owners who regularly clip their animals and see the benefits to their pet – cooler, more comfortable, less skin problems more active and HAPPIER.
If you want to assist your animal in our hot and humid climate and the animal has a thick or long coat – please contact our groomers for a coat clipping to allow the hot air to escape and allow your pet to dissipate the heat into the atmosphere.
In other words – to make your animal cooler and happier.