Dog Breed Info

Portable Kennel Dryers

Introduction
There are many different shapes and sizes of portable dryers that are designed to dry dogs in a kennel. Some attach to the kennel door, others rest on top of the kennel or rest on a shelf. The dryers that rest on a shelf or on top of the kennel use a hose or several hoses to transfer the air to the kennel. There are other designs available in which the entire dryer attaches to the door. Kennel dryers are available with and without a heating element. The dryer without the heating element is the safest to use for kennel drying simply because of the danger of the heat.

Professional Image
Kennel dryers can appear very professional if used correctly. Avoid placing several hoses on the kennel door when utilizing this type of dryer. First of all, it is not safe because you cannot see the dog and second, it covers too much of the door which is the only ventilation that most kennels offer.

Safety
All kennel dryers should have a temperature control and a timer for safety. If the temperature control and timer are not built in, the professional must purchase a timer and place a thermometer near the kennels to monitor the temperature. The pet must be monitored while in the drying kennel.
Wire kennels are often used in conjunction with portable kennel dryers. The wire kennel provides plenty of ventilation. The professional using this method must also monitor the room temperature and kennel temperature to keep the pet safe.
An open kennel allows the air flow to pass through the kennel without creating a whirlwind effect. The pet is able to find a position in the kennel to block the air flow directly to the face.  The heat from the dryer if turned up to high can cause the rungs of the kennel to heat up and can cause injury to the pet.
Kennels such as the fiberglass, Formica and stainless steel are used to kennel dry pets. This kennel design is solid except for the wire door. This is the only ventilation the pet has.  Never place a towel over the door to assist in drying the pet faster, blocking ventilation. Never place more than one dryer hose on the door to dry the pet faster as this can block all means of ventilation for the pet. Monitor the pet at all times when using this kennel drying method. The room temperature and amount of air flow must also be monitored to keep the pet safe during kennel drying.
It is not recommended to use a high velocity dryer as a kennel dryer. This can be dangerous, especially for breathing challenged pets. The pet must be able to move to a position to avoid the direct air flow to his/her face. Many times in a small kennel space, the force of the air from a high velocity dryer creates a whirlwind effect.  This is extremely dangerous for brachycephalic pets or breathing challenged pets.
Pets with erect ears often react in a negative manner when placed in the same situation. They have no way of protecting their ears from the strong force and the sound of the dryer. The pet may paw and scratch in an attempt  to escape.  For a "first timer" pet or pets with special needs, this very stressful situation can escalate rapidly, causing difficulty in breathing and possibly death.


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