Thanks for all the responses on this topic!! I just thought I would get an idea of if anyone else has ever done and/or seen this before. I myself have recently become a dog groomer, and we were questioning why someone today wanted their very short haired lab shaved. Oh well I guess. Not our dog, so we can't tell them no if it's really what they want. Thanks again!!
Actually you can and SHOULD tell them politely , "No, shaving your dog will deprive it of the protction it has evolved to keep it safe from the environment." Consider that dogs descend from wolves, Labs have a coat far removed from a wolf's double coat and you don't see wolves showing up at the local groomer requesting a shave do you? The Lab's coat is shorter, smoother and probably not as dense as a wolf's, there is no long undercoat. Shaving the outer hairs then will expose the skin to harmful UV rays from the sun and create health problems for your dog. IF kept outdoors, as most of these larger dogs are, there will be not coat to keep the blood sucking bugs from getting to the dog, there will be no coat to properly shed water nor insulate the cold wet dog during rainstorms!
Dogs do not sweat theough their skin, so there is no advantage to shaving the coat, unless to remove severe matting from an already neglected animal.
When an animal is brought to a groomer for care, the groomer SHOULD inform the owner what harm will and can befall the animal when its natural defenses against the elements are removed!
Accepting and doing what the owner wants done just because they are the owner is only showing that the only reason for the business is NOT the benefit of the animal, but instead the benefit of fattening your wallet!
Groom the dog properly, bathe it, brush it and strip out the under coat that hasn't shed yet, but for god's sake don't shave it just because the owenr wants it shaved! And have the integrity to tell the owner they are wrong for requesting such a poor action!
If you do it nicely, with tact and offer them plausible reasons, they will understand and thank you.
As for shaving a ferret.... are you out of your mind? Have you seen how pathetic an adrenal ferret looks - bereft of its coat? And you might consider deliberately doing this to a ferret? Just because you live in Florida- does NOT automatically mean the animals need to be shaved! Animals have been living in the tropics with fur coats for eons. Granted ferrets are pretty much northern animals, but as long as you keep them in a cooler environement, this is NOT a problem for them. Ferrets, like dogs do not have sweat glands in their skin and only sweat if they have to, from their paw pads and as they pant. But a word to the unwise:
A panting ferret is ALREADY in severe distress! Don't let your ferret get overheated to the point of panting! Keep a couple frozen water bottles handy wrapped in a towel if the ferret has to go outdoors in the heat. Keep them hydrated constantly and cooled constantly.IF the temp is 80 f. or above, do NOT bring the ferret outdoors! But don't shave the poor thing!