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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so, Gabby is definetley blowing her coat at only 5 months. Maybe the spaying brought it on? She has beautiful hair, and I so dont want to cut it. Plus, if I cut it, she will look totally different, as it is changingl I am not ready for that. How long does it take once they start blowing the coat? I am combing her out every day, but still lots of knots, Please tell me this wont last long.
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Isabella isn't blowing coat yet . . .i don't think, but she is matting quickly even though I comb her out every morning and night, so I can't say this from experience first hand, but only what I've read in a couple of books.

It's my understanding that if they're spayed before their first heat, it can hasten blowing coat. Not that it matters all that much, because it's going to happen sooner or later anyway. But it's also my understanding the time doesn't often exceed three weeks. On the bright side, if you DO end up having to give her a puppy cut . . .atleast you'll have a jump on pups that get the cut several months later

Hopefully others can pass on some useful grooming tips . . .i know I've come across several good ones in the Grooming section. Hang in there . . .this too shall pass




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Rollie started around 8 months, then had a bit of a break, then it started again about 1 month or two later, then it slowed down. Now, well now things are different. His 1-year bday is in a week and he is blowing coat like crazy. He is matting later in the day after a full brush out.


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I use a comb, should I be using a brush instead?
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Zoey's coat was very difficult for about two mo. It started when she was about 10 to 11 mo old. She is going threw a second difficult coat change right now but not nearly as bad as the first one. I started a trend" support group wanted" and it was all about blowing coat You and Linda and I think we have a few more should start a new trend I know its really hard .

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definitly use a GOOD comb, a brush will NOT get down to the skin and get the matts out!
and coat blowing does typically last much longer than 3 weeks ... at least in my experience. AND yes, spaying seemed to bring on Tillie's coat blowing early also.
good luck and know that if you cut her down it is NOT the end of the world and it WILL grow back. oh and you will KNOW when your pup is blowing coat... they don't have 'tangles' they have MATTS, where the hair is literally like someone put gum in thier coat... several times a day all over thier body. fun.times. FUN.times.

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... they don't have 'tangles' they have MATTS, where the hair is literally like someone put gum in thier coat... several times a day all over thier body. fun.times. FUN.times.
Are you KIDDING?!?! gum in their hair, several times a day??? Wow . . .i can't wait




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LOL, I wish I was kidding ... but it doesn't seem to be quite this bad for everyone... maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones!!

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oh and you will KNOW when your pup is blowing coat... they don't have 'tangles' they have MATTS, where the hair is literally like someone put gum in thier coat... several times a day all over thier body. fun.times. FUN.times.
Ah yes. That's the one. Sigh.


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It gets worse before it gets better. It seems like the blowing coat goes from one area to the next on the coat. You have to stay on top of combing.

Use cornstarch, detanglers, whatever seems to work. If she is a solid mat all over, it would be best to cut down. If she is matted here and there, you could work on them. Sometimes it is several hours a day of grooming. You have got to stay on top of the combing.



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