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Hot Summers and Wet Chow Chow Coats

With each season passing, there is something beautiful added to our lives here at Ciao Chows. Pretty girl Opal is charming our late summer garden, eagerly helping clear up the dead branches and leaves!

She seems to have a special affinity for playing in the rain getting very wet or lying under the sprinklers. 

The Chow Chow's well-purposed, double coat traps humidity close to the skin - be it after a bath or the sprinklers, a swim or any other 'getting wet' activity. Unless dried properly down to the skin, this trapped humidity quickly causes all kinds of skin complications. For a healthy Chow Chow skin, the following tips have proven useful.

For my Chow Chows the best solution has been to dry the coat with a commercial dryer down to the skin.

  • If my dogs have been in saltwater at the sea, shampoo is used before drying
  • If my dogs were in mud/muddy fresh water, a very thorough rinsing is required particularly around the feet
  • A commercial dryer with heat settings works best for use in different seasons
  • Dryers and particularly blasters (very high powered dryers) are used with care around the face/ears and with puppies

May your late summer garden be filled with loads of Chowfulness!

About author

Bernice Leroy

Chow Chows have been part of my life since 1997. More details can be found when you visit the Ciao Chows website . Information in this blog is derived from my years of personal experience and is in no way prescribing to anyone. All dogs are individuals, therefore information shared here may/may not work for, or be a solution for each individual Chow Chow/Owner. Where advice is sought, onus remains upon each owner to find the best solution for their dog/s.


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