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Blowing Coat?!?

I have been reading a lot of info on "Blowing Coat"but just how bad it is, please explain how often does this happens and at what ages? Do females do this with hormone changes-such as a heat cycle? Thanks for any feedback, the shedding thing is new to me - well except for the cats
Also I would like feedback on vaccines? I have heard some Havs have bad reactions? I have burned yet another bridge at a vet office, regarding this issue. I think that is all the vets in town !
Oh and I called my groomer the other day- she has been there for YEARS- they told me she was gone and didn't have a forwarding #?
So the search is still on.....

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Hello there!
Tillie is 7.5 months old, recently spayed and IS blowing coat. It was really bad in the begining but it is starting to level out, she is about a month into it... I think it will be over soon, I'm not getting AS much hair when I comb her and the matting isn't near as bad as it was. Although we are getting her trimmed down next week for the first time just to make things easier on her and me! LOL
As far as I know it doesn't have anything to do with hormomal changes, but I could be wrong.
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I have been reading a lot of info on "Blowing Coat"but just how bad it is, please explain how often does this happens and at what ages? Do females do this with hormone changes-such as a heat cycle? Thanks for any feedback, the shedding thing is new to me - well except for the cats
Also I would like feedback on vaccines? I have heard some Havs have bad reactions? I have burned yet another bridge at a vet office, regarding this issue. I think that is all the vets in town !
Oh and I called my groomer the other day- she has been there for YEARS- they told me she was gone and didn't have a forwarding #?
So the search is still on.....

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Havs don't shed in the normal dog sense of the word. They shed like people do... a few hairs at a time. With regular grooming, almost all of it should end up in the comb and brush.

HOWEVER... they DO "blow coat" when they are changing from their puppy coat to their adult coat. This USUALLY happens between 10 months and 1 year, but as you can see from Tilliesmom's post, it can be earlier or later.

The first blowing coat is typically the worst, but even then, it really depends on your dog's coat type how bad it will be. The ones with profuse cottony, curly coats are the worst, while those with silkier, straighter coats are not so bad.

Kodi has the latter type of coat, and his first blowing coat lasted about 6 weeks. during that time, I had to bathe him more often than usual (clean hair doesn't mat as badly) and comb him thoroughly twice a day. Doing that, I was able to keep up with it pretty well. OTOH, a lot of people with puppies with the more profuse coats give up and put their dog in a puppy cut during this period... you can always grow it out again after they finish blowing coat if you want!

Often Havs have a second, or even third "blowing coat" phase later on. Kodi blew some coat when he was about 15 months, but it wasn't nearly as bad, and didn't last as long, as the first time.

Vana looks like she has the silkier type of coat AND she's already in a short cut. So getting her through blowing coat shouldn't be a big deal. How old did you think she was? Is it possible that she's under a year? If so, this could be your big one, and you are just "lucky" enough to be experiencing that and heat at the same time! If Vana continues to shed a considerable amount of hair outside of blowing coat times, it might be another sign that she has some other breed in there that is a shedding breed. Then all bets are off!

Oh, and as far as WHEN it happens... there's a lot of variation, but a general range would be between 8-12 months for the first time, between 15-18 months for the second time and between 20-24 month for the 3rd time. (some don't have this third one at all)


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Whimsy is going to be a year old next month. I brush her once a day and give her a bath every 2 weeks. I believe she has a straighter silkier coat.( this is my first hav) I have not run into a lot of matting at all. A small tiny one here and there and then only once in a great while. I am determined to keep her hair long. Am I just kidding myself that maybe I will get thro this blowing coat stuff without going crazy LOL

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Whimsy is going to be a year old next month. I brush her once a day and give her a bath every 2 weeks. I believe she has a straighter silkier coat.( this is my first hav) I have not run into a lot of matting at all. A small tiny one here and there and then only once in a great while. I am determined to keep her hair long. Am I just kidding myself that maybe I will get thro this blowing coat stuff without going crazy LOL
I bet because you brush her daily she will not be as bad as some. I have herd the silkier coats are not as bad as the cottony ones. Has Whimsy gone out in the snow today? Don't let her turn into a snow man I am glad the sun came out

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Suzi...no way did Whimsy go out today. We got 20 inches of snow!
She uses a pee pad thank goodness. We are going to dip below zero now I think.
I am hoping that the daily brushing will help. time will tell.

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Everyone stay safe in the storms! Thank God for potty pads

I checked out this video http://www.havanesebreed.com/storage...ooming_101.wmv

it was great...I love all the resources that are on here! Thanks- Vana looks a lot like Treasure when wet- the body. I hope I can grow her hair out and be able to up keep it.
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oh and the age...when we 1st rescued her I thought 2-3 but I am thinking younger she is starting to act like a pup. I am thinking this is her 1st heat- maybe Izzy's hormones threw her into cycle? Don't know if you caught the vet thing? but I am in search of a new one yet again. They wanted to vaccinate automatically - I want to wait. so I didn't get the vets opinion on her age or breed! Regardless, this forum has been so so helpful, a lot of the info applies to Vana- so Thanks again

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Whimsy is going to be a year old next month. I brush her once a day and give her a bath every 2 weeks. I believe she has a straighter silkier coat.( this is my first hav) I have not run into a lot of matting at all. A small tiny one here and there and then only once in a great while. I am determined to keep her hair long. Am I just kidding myself that maybe I will get thro this blowing coat stuff without going crazy LOL
You can do it! Kodi has a silky coat, and I was able to manage through him blowing coat without too much difficulty. The trick is to stay on top of it, and it sound like you are!


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Suzi...no way did Whimsy go out today. We got 20 inches of snow!
She uses a pee pad thank goodness. We are going to dip below zero now I think.
I am hoping that the daily brushing will help. time will tell.
I don't think ANYONE gets through blowing coat without daily grooming. (at least if they want to keep their dog in full coat) during the worst of blowing coat, I had to comb Kodi twice a day many days. The most important was to make sure he was thoroughly combed out before he went to bed. Otherwise mats grew while he slept.


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