Cage drying has gotten negative attention in the news about pets being heated to death. What a horrible thought, I cannot imagine my little Beet being in a heated cage to the point of death.
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.
Have you ever put your head out of a car window on the freeway and find it difficult to breathe. This is similar to the process of cage dryers in front of a narrowed nostril pet who are also sensitive to these type of dryers.
Heating Element Cage Dryers
The other cage dryers that have heating elements are to be watched under strict supervision and some even have timers that go off after 15 minutes. These are not to be used with any short nosed or trachea problematic breeds. Leaving a pet unattended for long amounts of time can cause death. In the circles of groomer’s message boards I participate in, I’ve noticed many groomers are definitely not using these like in the past, now that non-heating cage dryers are available.
Dogs that are sensitive to cage dryers are brachphalic breeds and or stenotic nares ( narrowed nostrils):
Affenpincher, Brussels Griffon, Bostons, Chichuahua, Yorkie, Frenchies, Bulldogs, Boxers, Shih Tzu’s, Toy and Mini Poodles, Cavaliers, Pugs, Persian Cats and other breathing challenged pets.
HEAT STRESS – Because of all these upper respiratory obstructions, the brachycephalic dog is an inefficient panter. A dog with a more conventional face and throat is able to pass air quickly over the tongue through panting. Saliva evaporates from the tongue as air is passed across and the blood circulating through the tongue is efficiently cooled and circulated back to the rest of the body.
In the brachycephalic dog, so much extra work is required to move the same amount of air that the airways become inflamed and swollen. This leads to a more severe obstruction, distress, and further over-heating.
For myself, I use a fluff or force dryer after the bath then proceed with the haircut. I have met many responsible groomers who use non heating cage dryers with the strict safety standards with close monitoring and continue to be incident free.
If its not safe, I’m not using it, period. When I work on any person’s beloved pet, this is who I am reminded of. My own dog.