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Grooming/Coat Issues

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 6:30 am
by FosterShep14
I'm new here, I'm not sure if this is the place to post this question but I didn't see a section for grooming topics.

I have a 2-year-old Red Tri male. Two months ago, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. He's currently on medication and is doing well, but I've noticed that his coat has changed significantly. His coat has gotten extremely fuzzy, as if his undercoat is growing on top of his top coat? It's also changing colors in spots. I've tried doing research on it but haven't had any luck. I will mention that I use a shedding brush on him once a week (I tend to fill up a Walmart bag) and he gets a puppy cut at the groomers in the summer. He also might get a bath a few times a year depending on when he needs one. His coat has always grown back pretty after the puppy cut and the last time he had one was in April. Is this an issue that will correct itself over time or am I just going to have to deal with this as a new normal? I hate it because he's always had gorgeous fur and I'd love to get it back to normal. I should also say that I live in West Virginia and he's an indoor dog, but we do spend quite a bit of time outside. Any advice would be great!

Re: Grooming/Coat Issues

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:38 am
by Susanhu
Welcome! (We like pictures and what is your Aussie's name?) see community section for how to post

Hair growth issues could be due to the puppy cut, food, genetics, and environment, or a combination of all of these things.

Re: Grooming/Coat Issues

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:54 am
by FosterShep14
Thanks for the response! His name is Renly. I don't see an option from mobile to add a photo. Currently, he eats a high protein dog food, the brand is escaping me at the moment. Ive considered switching to a raw diet but I haven't had the chance to do the research on it and since he's an indoor dog, i don't know how I feel about him having a raw piece of meat to toss around the kitchen lol what's your suggestion on diet? I feel like I could be doing better, especially now that he's epileptic.

I have an appointment to get him groomed tomorrow. I was considering the puppy cut just because he looks unkept right now but if that's what's causing his coat to mess up, I won't do it anymore.

Re: Grooming/Coat Issues

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:15 am
by Susanhu
There are people on the board with way more knowledge on the coat than me. I am hoping one of them chimes in with some good advice for you. Nice name, Renly!

Re: Grooming/Coat Issues

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:39 am
by FosterShep14
This is my boy :grin:
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and this is what his coat looks like right now after 30 minutes of brushing :cry:

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Re: Grooming/Coat Issues

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:50 am
by Susanhu
Is it a furminator type brush that you use? I have never used anything except a regular brush and sometimes a rake for my dogs. I think perhaps the brush is the problem, it is removing the coat, or at least that what it looks like to me.

He's a cutie!

Re: Grooming/Coat Issues

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:42 pm
by Shalako
That looks like something going on nutritionally and not just an average coat shed. Check the bloodwork for other issues, also ask your vet if there may be some contradiction with the medications used to treat the seizures. Make sure that your vet has investigated the cause of the seizures and eliminated other issues instead of jumping on the epi wagon.