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How thin is the coat supposed to get?
  • Adonia1986Adonia1986
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    So Sakura is 9 1/2 months now and blowing coat like a fiend. I don't think she really lost much puppy fluff earlier and I think she is losing it all now. I have never had a dog before that shed, so I might just be a little over worried about how thin her coat is getting. Here is a picture of her back leg, the area in the middle is the really thin part. She also has thin areas near her legs and on her chest.

    Also, if this is all just due to losing her puppy and blowing coat at the same time, when should I expect her to start regowing some undercoat?Stefanie & Sakura Twin Cities - MN
    Post edited by Sangmort at 2011-09-21 01:31:31
  • Adonia1986Adonia1986
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    By the way, not refering to the area on her tummy, she is still growing back in from her spay.Stefanie & Sakura Twin Cities - MN
  • mattzmattz
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    The thin area on her leg looks normal to me. I have a female, and she sheds out pretty thin in the summer time... Especially with temperatures reaching 100+ here in Texas. I noticed her thick coat coming back in during late Fall... Only recently, since about April, has she started shedding heavily for summer time. Seems natural to me!

    How often do you brush her? What kind of brush do you use?

    I think a good way to tell if you're over-brushing is if your dog is itching a lot... Over-brushing can irritate their skin, possibly causing them mild rashes...

    Just my experience!
  • Adonia1986Adonia1986
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    she hasn't been itching for over a month (when we stopped all poultry/ grain containing products). We only have a slicker brush that she tolerates us using on her only when she is half asleep. So... maybe 10 -15 minutes whenever she will let us. Sometimes it is just a quick swipe or two then shes done. She does not like being brushed so it is not a frequent occasion.Stefanie & Sakura Twin Cities - MN
  • mcsassymcsassy
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  • Adonia1986Adonia1986
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    I guess I probably never realized just how fluffy Sakura is, and now that her fluff is going away she looks soo tiny (already little to begin with 15.4 lbs)Stefanie & Sakura Twin Cities - MN
  • SayaSaya
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  • LosechLosech
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    Conker's fur gets real thin behind his front legs, on his lower chest and belly, sides and knees when he sheds. Some of it grows back a couple weeks later but for the most part it comes back in when the winter weather arrives.
  • ProtokProtok
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    Miht'Tor's fur has just thinned out like that, he looked so skinny that my family were wondering if I was starving the poor pup.
    He is now growing some more fur in it's place but he's kept his slender looks, a local vet told me that come winter time he should be getting his thick coat again.
  • plasmodiumplasmodium
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    Looks fine to me
  • Adonia1986Adonia1986
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    thats good to know it looks normal :) Right now she looks like she got an aweful haircut with some patches pretty long and fluffy and others harly anythingStefanie & Sakura Twin Cities - MN
  • JuniJuni
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    Right now Juni is shedding her summer coat. She usually don't get her full winter coat until january so she is a bit off. From what I heard, since most dogs spend most of their lives indoors, they don't really follow the seasons that well these days.
  • @Juni thanks so much Juni! I didn't even think about the being indoor aspect. makes a lot of sense.
  • MeghanBCGMeghanBCG
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  • LilikoiLilikoi
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    Post edited by Lilikoi at 2018-05-31 17:50:17
  • MeghanBCGMeghanBCG
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    @lilikoi Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply! I so appreciate it.

    As a puppy we had Bonsai on Taste of the Wild. Since around December we've had him on Hills Science Diet Sensitive Skin and Stomach at the recommendation of our vet. He was burping up his food really often and she thought he might have some acid reflux. We moisten it and he doesn't seem to have a problem with it. But I'm not convinced he wasn't just having puppy issues. Maybe he's grown out of it and I don't even know it. I'm not a fan of the Hills Science Diet for long term so have been thinking about adding in some of the Taste of the Wild back in. But good to know Acana is good for sensitive tummies too.

    I'll look into adding some fish oil too. He doesn't seem to be terribly itchy, but it couldn't hurt. Thanks for Ozzy's comparison pictures, those really help. He really does look so different from one to the next, so I don't feel quite so worried about Bonsai looking thin. Again, thank you so much! I feel tons better.

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