Q: Is towel-drying or blow-drying our pets right after a shower advisable?

A: Yes, drying your pet right after its shower is very important. Firstly, you don't want to risk him getting a cold. Secondly, a dog's coat is a perfect place for bacteria to breed, regardless of whether it's long or short. A dog's skin is also more sensitive than human skin, which means dogs have a higher chance of developing skin problems. Singapore's high humidity climate only encourages the growth of bacteria and fungus. As such, it is imperative that you try to minimise the amount of moisture on your dog's coat after a bath.

Begin with towel-drying your pet, but remember that towel-drying alone will not be sufficient. Nonetheless, ensure that your dog is 80% dry before using a hair-dryer. When blow-drying your pet, start by drying his entire body, then brushing his fur. Then blow-dry again, and brush again. Repeat this cycle until he's fully dry. Alternatively, if your pet is very cooperative, you may brush him with one hand, while blowing his fur with the other.

Do note that you should never aim the dryer at the same spot for too long as the heat can be very damaging on your pet's sensitive skin.