DANGER LURKING IN ANIMAL DRYERS
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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.
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 15 minutes.
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 safety.
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
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.