Regular and proper grooming can be the difference
between a good coat and an excellent coat. Here at
I would be more
than happy to help you achieve this...especially through the
shedding process. Even if your dog is not in need of a complete
grooming, a thorough bath and brush can help to speed the
process along. Dead hair next to the skin is irritating and can
lead to an itch/scratch cycle that can damage the skin and cause
further problems. If left alone for too long, excessive matting
can occur and will make it very painful for the dog to be
brushed out and more expensive for the owner.
Contrary to what some companies may advertise, there is not a
"100% cure" for shedding. Shedding (or "blowing") the coat is a
natural cycle in every pet's life whether it's convenient for us
Shedding is seasonal - usually
occurring every spring and fall and related primarily to changes
in the duration and intensity of sunlight. Housedogs are exposed
to long hours of artificial light and it sometimes seems as if
they never quit shedding. Most dogs shed at least once a year
(though some breeds shed more frequently) and do not shed their
coats evenly. Some have a double coat composed of a long outer
coat of "guard" hairs and an undercoat of softer shorter hair.
When a dog with this type of coat begins to shed, the inner coat
may come out in a patchy fashion and your dog may look quite
Coat loss is occasionally
precipitated by factors other than light and seasonal changes.
For dogs, the last areas in which their bodies will expend
energy is the maintenance of a thick, luxurious coat of hair.
Other things are simply more important for the health and
survival of the animal. Therefore, if a dog is on a poor quality
food (for example), it will use all the energy derived to
maintain bodily functions and let the quality of its coat slide.
Poor coat quality is also frequently seen in an older animal
whose digestive system isn't working as well as it used to. The
same is true for dogs that have been sick or stressed. Stressful
conditions typically cause hair to drop out first on the body
and flanks, where hair grows the fastest.
Anytime a dog is stressed, in a
poor state of nutrition, or following the effect of anesthesia
or certain hormones, expect the skin and coat to suffer. All of
these are reversible and the coat will return to normal after
the animal has returned to good health and/or the effects of the
substance causing this have passed. How severely the dog is
affected and how soon the effects are reversed varies with
different individuals and breeds. If the coat does not seem to
be returning to normal, or there is no discernable reason for
the hair loss, the dog should be taken to its vet for testing.
Remember, at greyt
grooming I am here to help you
in every aspect of your pet's life. I would be happy to arrange
a bathing/grooming schedule for you and your dog in an effort to
keep your costs down and your pet looking forward to a happy