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Dogs go INSIDE the cages and the dryers (or fans) are built into them.
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Giving a dog a bath by itself is already complicated enough. Some dog owners get very lucky if their dogs are compliant, but for others this can become an issue. If you're still struggling with bathing your dog, I recommend you watch our step-by-step video on where our editor Samantha gives top tips without even using cage dryers. You'll get better at drying a dog, too.
A California woman is suing PETCO after her dog suffered fatal injuries from being placed in a cage dryer, NEWS10/KXTV reported.
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Groomers use cage dryers for a variety of reasons. A damp dog can become chilled (hypothermic) if it is exposed to cool temperatures over a period of time. In a cool grooming environment, blowing warm air on a damp dog keeps it comfortable until it is time for it to be finish dried on the table. In a busy grooming shop, it makes sense to bathe several dogs and let some of them become partially dried while waiting to be fluff dried or finish dried. Meanwhile, the groomer can be bathing, prepping or finishing other dogs. Used in this way, cage dryers can be an enormous time saver. Also, spending some quiet time in a cage can offer an important rest period during the grooming process for cats, puppies, very nervous dogs and geriatric dogs. Dog dies from cage dryer
Photo provided by FlickrA California woman is suing PETCO after her dog suffered fatal injuries from being placed in a cage dryer.
Photo provided by FlickrCage dryers are also better for dogs with sensitive skin or thin fur, as the low pressure of the dryer won’t be as liable to hurt them.
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Groomers need to be aware that certain dogs are more prone to having difficulty with heat. For example, brachycephalic dogs—breeds with short muzzles such as pugs, shih tzus and bulldogs—should not be cage dried. Very young or very old dogs should be carefully monitored if heated dryers are used, as should very anxious dogs.
If cage dryers are used, they should be placed in a room where a staff member can watch the dogs at all times. It is a good idea to keep thermometers in cages, out of the reach of pets, so that the temperature can easily be observed at a glance. It’s important to note that groomers should not assume a dog will exhibit distress if it becomes overheated. It is also recommended that all staff members know the symptoms of overheating and what first aid steps to take while the pet is being transported to a veterinarian.PS bends over backwards for safety and is sometimes to the point of ridiculous. I'm sure that is because not every one has common sense so better to be safe than sorry. Rest assured, there is no heat with the cage dryers and they are timed to run for 15 minutes so each dog has to be checked on before the dryer is restarted.Dogs go INSIDE the cages and the dryers (or fans) are built into them. They can be heated, as in the Clark cage on the left, or UNHEATED as in the Shor-Line on the right. They can be CLOSED IN like the Clark or open, like the one on the right by Shor-Line. The enclosed dryer cages are the ones that are the most dangerous. The dogs placed in them to dry need to be under direct human supervision. In Europe these dryers are very commonly used but in the USA they are not used that much, mostly due to the cost of the unit.The truth is that not all cage dryers are bad, some use the air in the room and directs it into the cage, never using any heating elements. It’s similar to a fan in front of the kennel to help the drying process to get your pet dry and back in your arms as soon as possible, all with room temperature air. These are helpful with dogs that have seizures, elderly pets, or puppies scared of loud noises like the fluff or force dryer.I have a confession to make. I have dryer cages in my grooming shop. WOW! That is LIBERATING to say it out loud! I prefer to hand dry dogs, because the finish is so much better in my opinion, and I think most groomers would agree with that. Many dogs are hard to dry, and some are downright dangerous to try to dry by hand. As a result I feel like having the option to dry a dog in a cage with ambient air (room temperature air) is extremely important in my salon. I DO NOT USE HEATED DRYERS. I DO NOT OWN a heated cage dryer and never will. BUT as described below, you can make your own cage dryers that are inexpensive and safe for drying both small and large, young and old dogs.