There are hidden dangers associated with the
use of forced and heated air dryers commonly combined with
animal cages. Pet groomers and veterinarians are unfortunately
too often unaware of the inherent risks from animal heat exhaustion
and dehydration resulting from the use of drying cages. The
culprit is of course overexposure to a continuous stream of
heated air that can quickly cause an animal to lose consciousness
and become comatose, suffer internal bleeding, cardiac problems
and respiratory arrest.
If a pet is to be cage dried, it is vital that he/she be carefully
monitored and never left any longer than necessary. The dryer
settings should never be used on the high heat setting. At
a minimum, the animal in the dryer cage must be checked every
A human observer may not recognize the loss of vital signs
in time to rescue the animal, which is why a timing device
to shut down the dryer after a maximum of 15 minutes is crucial.
This is the only acceptable method for ensuring complete animal
The incidence and frequency of animal deaths that have resulted
from the improper use of dryer cages has grown as their popularity
has gained favor with groomers. It is vital that everyone
associated with the use of dryer cages be fully informed as
to the inherent risks these products pose.
Ideally, older model dryers should be replaced with new generation
products that use a non-heated and non-lethal air stream to
dry the animal. Dryer manufacturers are increasingly focused
on product safety issues and have abandoned the traditional
dryer design that incorporates a heating element.