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My dog's hair not growing back properly

tinygirl
November 20th, 2007, 01:32 PM
Hi,
I have a husky/sheppard mixed bread - and he has 2 layers to his coat. His hair is very long, so we take his to the groomer to get shaved for the summer.
I have always gotten my dog shaved in the summer, but this year his hair is not growing back in some places - mostly by his neck and shoulders. It has grown back well everywhere else except for these large patchy areas. It is now winter, why did this happen?

bendyfoot
November 20th, 2007, 02:19 PM
I'm pretty sure that double-coated breeds like yours shouldn't regularly be shaved. I've got a shepherd who had half her upper body shaved for surgery in June, and it's still noticeable now. I suspect it will take at least another season or two until it catches up with the rest of her.

ETA, yep, I did a little reading on this, and most groomers will NOT shave a double-coated working breed dog. The hair can come back a different colour, texture, length, and in extreme cases not at all. The re-growth can be affected by an unhealthy thyroid too, so if this is a new thing for your dog (i.e. trouble with re-growth), I'd consider taking it in for some blood work.

Why do you shave him? The coat actually will provide insulation from the heat in the summer, keeping him more comfortable. He has to work harder to stay cool in the summer without it... If it's knotted, regular grooming should take care of that easily.

tinygirl
November 20th, 2007, 03:43 PM
When we first got him he was full of ticks and had to have his hair cut. His hair is very corse, easily matted, and everything sticks to him - basically like velcro. He loves to swim in the summer, so he get's his hair cut. He seems to like it better in the summer - he seems to feel lighter.

SnowDancer
November 20th, 2007, 04:34 PM
I have a double-coated Eskimo - he gets trimmed up a bit, but never shaved -coat would not grow in properly.

t.pettet
November 20th, 2007, 10:10 PM
To keep your dog cooler in summer and make ticks visible buy yourself a dog rake (any pet store) and that will remove all his wooly undercoat. Find yourself a reputable, knowledgable groomer who won't ruin your dog's coat by shaving.:sad:

clm
November 21st, 2007, 06:21 AM
It may be easier for you to manage to shave him during the summer, but it's not good for the dogs coat. Get yourself a rake and make sure you give your dog a good brushing at least once a week, a light brush every other day in the areas that matt badley, around the ears, feathering on the legs, etc. If you get a long coated and or a long coated/double coated dog, grooming is a fact of life.

Cindy

bendyfoot
November 21st, 2007, 08:59 AM
Yep, I got a rake a few months ago and can't beleive I ever did without one!!! Both our girls have THICK double coats...Gracie sheds constantly, and Jaida's always got clumps of her undercoat coming out...I have to groom every other day. I can understand needing to shave when you first get a dog and its coat has been really neglected, or for a medical reason , but like clm said, regular grooming is just one of those things that come with a double-coated dog, and can't be avoided...and SHOULDN'T be avoided by shaving.

breeze
November 21st, 2007, 09:00 AM
I have had a huskey and a colli/germand shepard..
and as far as I know you never shave them.. brushing is the key, getting them trimed (colli/shepard) (never the huskey)yes but never shaved..

the only time I had the colli/shepard shaved is when she had burs inbedded in her hind and it was impossible to remove without causing her pain, but they only shaved her butt area never the whole coat..

geisha
November 21st, 2007, 10:54 PM
My samoyeds have double coats. Is your dog scratching in the neck & shoulder areas? You may want to suppliment with Salmon Oil, Coconut oil, or flax seed oil. I also switched to a premium dog food with salmon and that has made a huge difference. Is your dog shedding more than normal?
Good luck with all the suggestions.:thumbs up

Lise
November 23rd, 2007, 10:01 AM
Sometimes hormonal problems can cause coat problems,I'd be off to the vet if I were you.Also shaving a dog like that is not a great idea,you wreck the coat and remove protection from the sun.