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Borders with awful coat

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Jem29, Aug 14, 2009.


  1. Jem29

    Jem29 PetForums Member

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    I know border terriers have wirey coats but my 2 dogs (1 yr & 10 months) both have really rough, horrible feeling coats. I brush them and bath them but it still feels thick and sticky almost, I can't undertstand why.

    Can this be linked to diet? both are fed Royal Canin suited to their age/weight.
     
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    kendal PetForums Senior

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    do you strip or clip there coats.
     
  3. Jem29

    Jem29 PetForums Member

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    Yes, they were done very recently.
     
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    nellie_dean PetForums Member

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    It might be worth trying a change of diet - to a more natural food maybe.
    There does seem to be a link between coat condition and nutrition.
    Have a look at the reviews on www.pet-food-choice.co.uk for some ideas
     
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    bucksmum PetForums Senior

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    I had a similair problem with a jack russell wh was put n royal canin for kidney disease.Her coat went very greasy and stary and her teeth were caked.
    I won't use that food again and now feed natural or Arden Grange.
     
  6. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    You could try Yumega.

    Do you have them stripped or clipped?
     
  7. Classyellie

    Classyellie PetForums VIP

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    I use Yumega on both Harvey and Pippa - it's reduced Harvey's moulting and his coat is lovely and soft now rather than quite rough (it went like this after he was neutured)
     
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    gesic PetForums VIP

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    r borders not supposed to have harsh coats?
    If very wiry and sticking up in places i would be tempted to pluck/strip the outer coat.
     
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    shazalhasa PetForums VIP

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    I remember reading somewhere that border terriers need to be hand stripped, now I have no idea whatsoever what's involved but it may be worth looking into.

    My dogs are on Royal Canin
     
  10. aurora

    aurora PetForums Senior

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    Hi,

    borders coat's are ment to be wirey,:) with a nice soft undercoat. they should be hand stripped, if clipped problems will devlope with the coat and it won't grow back as good as it should and it will be all fluffy:cursing:

    How often to you bath them, as they are not ment to be bath to often as this takes the natural oils out of the coat and can make them greasy. Ours are bathed only if they desperately need it ie they have been and rolled in something disgusting in the field or they smell from being in the cow shed before i am due to take them to a show:eek:hmy:i was not pleased when my OH let this happen the night before a show i can tell you:(


    ours all all fed on Jameswellbeloved food:)
     
  11. Jem29

    Jem29 PetForums Member

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    Thank you all.

    We had them at a dog salon abotu 2 months ago and they were graded, I didn't fancy stripping them myself but hubby said he is going to give it a go as he didn't like them being graded like that.

    They are bathed every month or 2, they rarely get that messy on their walks to be honest.

    I might look into another food, I am not too happy about the protein content in the Royal Canin to be honest.
     
  12. aurora

    aurora PetForums Senior

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    Hi, i might sound thick what where they graded for? at salon.:confused:

    If your OH is going to have a go at stripping them himelf, i would recommend that you purchace the Kate Irving dvd on how to hand strip a border terrier, it's excellant and well worth the investment. It give's you step by step instructions on what to do. doing it your self is a better option than sending them to a salon. If you know anyone who has borders that live near enough to you you could perhaps watch them, or what about the breeder you had them, from they may show you:idea:

    good luck x
     
  13. Nonnie

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    Clipped/shaved i think. Salon = Grooming parlour.

    If im correct, once shaved, the coat wont ever be the same again.
     
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