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Bridget 08-22-2014 09:42 AM

coat problems
Heidi's coat has become very shaggy and sticks out in tufts. I brush her pretty often. Is this a normal senior problem? Or should I be looking for another cause? She eats pretty high quality food and gets Nupro Silver supplement on it. She is on Proin and Rimadyl. Any ideas?

Shade 08-22-2014 09:51 AM

Anytime we get a drastic change of weather it causes Delgado to blow some of his coat (he blows it fully once a year). Right now for the past few weeks we've had a significant cold snap and I've had to really up the brushing to keep up with the clumps of hair flying :) Craziness!

lalachka 08-22-2014 10:28 AM

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how do I know my dog blew a coat? I can't tell

Bridget 08-22-2014 11:30 AM

The shedding is immense when they blow coat! It is like they are losing every bit of hair on them all at one time. You'll know.

Nigel 08-22-2014 03:46 PM


Originally Posted by lalachka (Post 5933825)
how do I know my dog blew a coat? I can't tell

You'll know, your dogs appearence will change fairly dramatically going from thick and full down a thin coat, one of ours looked like a different dog, even Losing her butt tuffs, Lol! Some dogs don't blow their coat and will lose hair more gradually.

lalachka 08-22-2014 04:29 PM

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He's 20 months. Wouldn't I know by now lol?

llombardo 08-23-2014 05:44 AM


Originally Posted by lalachka (Post 5934969)
He's 20 months. Wouldn't I know by now lol?

Not all do. I've been lucky with mine, they are in the the slow shedders group. Midnite hardly sheds at all. Robyn slightly more as she gets older. Since I have several slower shedders it's comparable to having one that blows it's coat:(

blackshep 08-29-2014 09:08 AM

Have you checked thyroid? That can do weird things to their coats

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