You've see it all over social media -- a picture appearing to show a Siberian Husky who has been shaved everywhere but his head.
It has ignited a social media firestorm about so-called double-coated dogs and whether it's harmful to shave them.
So, WFMY News 2's Verify team dug for answers.
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What's a double-coated dog?
Is it harmful to shave a double-coated dog?
To verify these questions, we went to three credible sources -- the popular online pet blog PetGuide.com and the American Kennel Club (AKC). We also got insight from a veterinarian radiation oncologist, Catrina Soto, who talked to our Austin sister station KVUE.
The AKC explains Huskies require occasional grooming because they are, in fact, double-coated dogs. They have two coats -- a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarser top coat. The undercoat protects dogs from extreme temperatures -- both hot and cold -- and the top coat helps repel moisture and dirt.
In addition to Huskies, more than two dozen other breeds have double coats -- including the Akita, Chow Chow, Australian Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Shih-Tzu. Pet Guide says you can usually tell just by looking at a dog whether it has a double coat, if it is thick and fluffy or wiry on top.
Most groomers agree the biggest mistake a dog parent makes when grooming their double-coated pooch is shaving the coat. The dog owner can mistakenly believe the dog's double coat makes him hot in summer, so shaving it will keep him cool. But, a dog's double coat is a natural cooling system. Both layers work together to protect from the heat and sun damage.
Veterinarian radiation oncologist, Dr. Catrina Soto says, "It can start to flake a little bit and gets more skin irritation and hot spots. I don't think it's a good idea (to shave double coats), and I've seen it for medical reasons only."
Our sources can verify there's a reason for the controversy surrounding the Husky picture. It can be harmful to shave double-coated dogs, unless a veterinarian thinks there is a medical reason to do it.
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