Advice Needed... Shaved Chow now Hair like steel wool

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Advice Needed... Shaved Chow now Hair like steel wool

Postby trippers gal » Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:19 pm

Alright, as much as I hate to admit it, we shaved our chow! I didn't know, please forgive me, but I need help. We decided to shave him because he needed surgery on his front paw pads and would be in too much pain for grooming during his recovery. He looked great when the hair was short and he acted like a puppy, he wasn't shaved all the way to the skin to protect him from sun, but it was really short. It is now growing in like a steel-wool brillo pad. Any advice would be so appreciated.

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Postby Red Dragon » Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:52 pm

The guard hairs are suppose to be stiff and bristly, most likely that is what you are talking about. Once they grow back and get some length to them they won't feel so stiff. Some Chows undercoat is very stiff and thick also. That will teach you to cut the fur off! :lol:
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Postby kiwani » Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:41 am

The tips of the hair shafts have frayed due to the blade, and have lost their keratin layer. I would suggest what's called a 'color-intensifying' shampoo which seals and polishes the shafts, and leaves a much smoother feel to frayed ends. There are also polishing conditioners.

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Postby Layla » Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:56 pm

Millie's returning fur was like this initially but with care (esp using a conditioning spray before brushing) it's great now. Very silky & sparkly in the sun 8)
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Postby summer_rose03 » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:28 pm

Hopefully it grows back correctly. Being a double coated breed, when shaved the body sometimes overproduces the undercoat to insulate the body.

Sounds like that isn't what's happening now, but if it does, there is no fixing it. The damage is done and the coat is shocked. It may not happen this time, but I wouldn't recommend doing it again or the hair may not grow back right.

Just a reminder.... only use dog shampoos, unless directed by your vet! Their PH is different from ours and people shampoo can be very irritating!
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Postby Grab » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:32 pm

Legend had surgery on both legs..a few years apart. For the surgery they shaved him, to the skin obviously, from ankle to above the hip. If I remember correctly, the undercoat and guard hairs did not grow at the same rate. However, eventually (in both cases) the coat came back fine. Currently you can't tell he ever had anything clipped
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Postby mswhitney » Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:49 am

Our "Baby" has had surgery on both legs, and yes, they shaved her to the skin. Although it takes a long time for the hair to grow back (I hate the Ugg boot look), it does eventually grow back. She goes through a lamb stage, but then it all comes back in. Since she is a mix, we can get away with clipping her in the summer, as we live on a beach and it helps us keep her clean and happy. She never liked being groomed - still doesn't!


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