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Any Vets or Dog Experts Out There? Dog Hair Questions

 
BlondeQT
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I have a 2 year old Pomeranian. For the past 2 years I get her shaved in the Summer because she gets so hot from her long hair.

Last Summer I had her shaved in June and by August it was completely grown back. I had her shaved at the end of August because it can stay very hot here until October and we were having an "Indian Summer". Her hair has never grown back normally. The only thing that has grown back is a scgraggly under coat.

My poor baby looks kinda like a lion. She has all her hair on her head, neck and tail, but her body is scraggly.

Will it grow back eventually? Is it her diet? She is the pickiest eater I've ever seen.

I took her to the groomer today for her 6 week bath, nail cutting, etc and when I asked the groomer about it she seemed offended, like I was accusing HER of doing something to her coat.... but I wasn't.

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I've had Great Danes my whole life and only one other small dog.... a Westie, so I'm not real familiar with long haired, small dogs.
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sounds like ur vet has issues... need a background check on him/her. i dont know about ur dog... but I had a buddy in school who shaved his head and it never grew back normal.
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How do you realistically get the skunk smell out of giant alaskan malamutes after they kill a skunk?
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How do you realistically get the skunk smell out of giant alaskan malamutes after they kill a skunk?
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drop him off in Texas for a while. that will do it everytime.
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What are you feeding it? Ever since I switched my dog off dry food his coat looks great. He is much healthier too.
I'd like to go quietly in my sleep, like grandpa did. Not screaming in terror like the people in the back seat of the car he was driving.

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Flax seed oil
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I'm not a dog expert... but I did stay at a Holiday Express last night lol
I'd like to go quietly in my sleep, like grandpa did. Not screaming in terror like the people in the back seat of the car he was driving.

You should have nailed it to a tree and made it feel like Jesus. - Brief
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What are you feeding it? Ever since I switched my dog off dry food his coat looks great. He is much healthier too.
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She is the pickiest eater in the World. She won't eat dog food. I try to feed her high end rice and lamb food. She likes turkey and occasionally bacon w/no niatrates. I know cottage cheese is good for Dogs. I use to give to to my Danes as puppies so they would grow big..... but this little shit won't eat hardly anything. The only dog treats she likes are those duck or chicken strips.

I think I will stop by the pet store today and look for a new dog food to try that is organic.
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I'm not a dog expert... but I did stay at a Holiday Express last night lol
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Sounds like the food you feed is inferior.
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I'm not a dog expert... but I did stay at a Holiday Express last night lol
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How do you realistically get the skunk smell out of giant alaskan malamutes after they kill a skunk?
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Pomeranian is from the spitz family. Spitz originated in the arctic and but they were bred to pull sleds. That being said, you should never shave a northern breed dog (I know she is a toy but you need to take into consideration her heritage). When you shave their coat you are messing with their ability to regulate their own body temperature. They should never be left if extreme heat since their coats are thick but should absolutely never be shaved. They put on a thick undercoat for the cold season and blow that undercoat for warmer seasons.
My expertise is not from a Holiday Inn but as a husky and Klee Kai owner for many years.... in Florida.
I would guess her coat will grow back but her top coat does not grow as fast as her undercoat. The topcoat remains a constant as her undercoat blows and replaces with the seasons. Be sure to have her on a very good dog food and since she does not have that coat, if you live in a cold climate, she will need a sweater outside. She does not have the ability to keep herself warm.
Shaving a northern breed dog is a very common mistake and I wish that groomers would let owners know that is not the best decision for the dog.

Best of Luck to you!
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I breed Pomeranians for a living, for shows, the secret I use to get really healthy coats is smear them with peanut butter and let it sit for about 6 hours, then a gentle wash-out with warm soapy water, it relaxes the hairs and helps bring out healthy oils in the dog's coat.
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Here is what I feed my dog....
1-1 1/2 cup White rice
1 cup mixed veggies
1 boiled chicken thigh no skin/bone
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon gelatin

Then when he is done with that he gets like a half cup to 1 cup applesauce with no sugar.

I feed him that twice a day, applesauce once a day.

Before when he was on dry food his coat looked and felt like wire. He had stomach issues, and was starting to get arthritis to the point he had a hard time getting up and sometimes wouldnt go up the stairs.

Now he is like a puppy again and he is 13. He is a medium sized dog 50-60lbs german shepard/lab mix

He also gets eggs a couple times a week and I do give him filtered water

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I'd like to go quietly in my sleep, like grandpa did. Not screaming in terror like the people in the back seat of the car he was driving.

You should have nailed it to a tree and made it feel like Jesus. - Brief
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I have a 2 year old Pomeranian. For the past 2 years I get her shaved in the Summer because she gets so hot from her long hair.

Last Summer I had her shaved in June and by August it was completely grown back. I had her shaved at the end of August because it can stay very hot here until October and we were having an "Indian Summer". Her hair has never grown back normally. The only thing that has grown back is a scgraggly under coat.

My poor baby looks kinda like a lion. She has all her hair on her head, neck and tail, but her body is scraggly.

Will it grow back eventually? Is it her diet? She is the pickiest eater I've ever seen.

I took her to the groomer today for her 6 week bath, nail cutting, etc and when I asked the groomer about it she seemed offended, like I was accusing HER of doing something to her coat.... but I wasn't.
 Quoting: BlondeQT


Yes...organic dog food is a must. Also, try foods high in oil content and/or Omega fatty acids. Salmon, tuna fish, and raw eggs are all great.

Also...not to scare you, but there is something else to consider too. Our pets share our environment, but the effects of the environment are compressed due to their smaller body mass and shorter lifespans. They serve as a "canary in the mineshaft" so to speak.

Has anything else changed? Have you moved? How is the water...have you tried giving your dog only filtered/bottled water? Try to think of other environmental factors which have changed or might be different. A lot of times, people will filter their drinking water, but just give tap water to their pets. If it is contaminated, the effects of those pollutants will be amplified many times over in a small pet. Therefore, the water might "taste bad" to you...but could be much more serious to your puppy dog.

...just a thought. Don't want to freak you out.
Milo Minderbinder@ymail.com
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Thank you Marax and Milo. Those posts were very helpful.

I will try what you posted.

Milo, yes I give her filetered water. She is spoiled rotten .... as all dogs should be.

My youngest Great Dane had a kids's race car for a bed. I love to spoil animals with love and every creature comfort.
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Thank you Marax and Milo. Those posts were very helpful.

I will try what you posted.

Milo, yes I give her filetered water. She is spoiled rotten .... as all dogs should be.

My youngest Great Dane had a kids's race car for a bed. I love to spoil animals with love and every creature comfort.
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No doubt. I have a 4yr old goldendoodle who is chewing on a nice fresh bone from the butchers shop right here at my feet this very minute. He's very much a part of the family.

How do you not love animals that are so unconditionally loyal?
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