20th January 2010, 11:22 PM
advice about change in coat
Hi all. Its been a while since I've posted. I have a one year old Blenheim and ruby (Charlie and Henry, litter mates). I had them neutered several months ago and have noticed a really big change in their coats and not in a positive way. They used to have really shiny coats with great depth of colour. Their coats (especially ,Charlie, the ruby) have gone really dry and Charlies has gone almost a blonde colour in patches. It is really really upsetting as their coats were really stunning before. I know all the benefits of neutering but as they are both males I wonder did I do the right thing. Anyway, what I wanted to ask is for advice on anything I can do to help their coats improve again. They are fed on good quality foods ie.royal canin, orijen, and at the moment james well beloved. They aren't bathed often but when they are I use groomers banana and mango shampoo and tropical conditioner which I believe is good quality. Does anyone have any advice at all? Many thanks x
20th January 2010, 11:57 PM
21st January 2010, 12:44 AM
[QUOTE=Karlin;350470]But why would it not have been the right thing to do *for the dogs* -- surely health and welfare reasons for neutering outweigh cosmetic coat details? Also: most reputable breeders require pet dogs of their breeding be neutered, so often this is not a choice for pet owners.
Karlin, you are absolutely right!! I wouldn't have not considered neutering them although my breeder actually advised me not to unless there was a good reason to I knew that their coats were prob going to change but as you quite rightly pointed out this is just a cosmetic thing. I prob didn't word my post very well. I guess I'm just sad that their coats appeared to have changed so dramatically although like you said this may not be related to the neutering. If I could go back, of course I would still have them neutered. I am interested in reading about feeding them fruit and veg. My husband and I have always been very strict about not feeding them human food and all they really get is their kibble and coachie treats for training. I will try the salmon oil. We actually have given this to our chocolate lab rescue before and it made a big difference to her coat. When we got her, she had been fed on Wag and her coat was full of dandruff and bald patches. We changed her food and started her on salmon oil and shes beautiful now. I don't know if I've ever posted this but we have an Old English Sheepdog, a chocolate lab, a blenheim and ruby and a moggie cat Isabella (she's indoor only) and Peter the rabbit. I think most people think we are complete nutters but we wouldn't have it any other way. They are all lovely animals and we have an acre and a half for them to charge around on. We are also within walking distance to the beach although I am sure you can imagine walking the four of them is quite hilarious...we tend to do it in shifts now due to the immense size difference lol!! Anyway, way off topic now. I'm off to read the library. Any other advice would also be welcome re shampoos, conditioners, supplements etc...
21st January 2010, 09:06 PM
anybody else any advice??
21st January 2010, 09:25 PM
I get a comb-- a dog comb with a handle that is easy to grip.
I hope the link works. It doesn't have to be expensive, just comfortable and not too long or short sized teeth. Then I take a fine rubber band and weave it through the teeth. What you are doing is adding some resistance to get the dead hair -- that gets dry, cottony out. If the dog had its hormones, it would likely be loosing these hairs- but without enough hormone -- they seem to stay. If it is too much pull-- get a finer (thinner)rubberband. Only a single layer of the rubber band goes through the teeth-- sort of like weave poles (over, behind, over, behind). You can buy a thinning tool - but that doesn't REMOVE the dead-- it just thins and cuts it shorter.
21st January 2010, 09:43 PM
Wow, very interesting. I am certainly going to give that a try. Thanks Sandy!!