<P>38 Copyright © 2012 Find A Groomer Inc. All rights reserved Subscribe www.egroomer.com A C L O S E R L O O K growth message, they will be closer to knowing what is missing in hair cycle arrest. Meanwhile, its important to remember that while we cant say that clipping causes hair cycle arrest, we also cant say that it doesnt. Why do some coats grow back and others dont? We simply dont know. The fact that close clipping does not always result in hair cycle arrest would suggest that there are multiple factors in play that create the alopecia. The clipping must line up with some other factors. Unfortunately, previous clipping with successful regrowth is not a reliable predictor of what might happen the next time a dog is clipped down. Older dogs seem at greater risk, possibly because the amount of telogen hairs increases in senior dogs. Very young dogs with coats that are not fully developed also seem at greater risk. Overall health is certainly a factor to consider. Outdoor dogs are more subject to sunburn, which can further complicate coat growth. None of these factors, however, can be relied upon to predict whether a particular dog is going to re-grow a shaved coat. Its a roulette game. Use your clippers and take your chances! Many rescue organizations dealing with Nordic breeds are making strong recommendations that their breed not be clipped down except in a situation of medical necessity. 9, 10 This position against shave downs is not a fad or a trend; it is a position that has evolved through decades of experience and the realization of the possible consequences of the decision to remove a whole coat. A dogs coat may attract a mate in the wild, but in the City, it attracts a pet owner. Loss of the animals appearance can make a rescue unadoptable. It can be devastating to a pet owner, especially when other people make assumptions about the animal being ill or poorly cared for. Engaging the veterinarian in the decision to clip off a Nordic coat makes (Continued from page 37) the procedure and extension of veterinary care, and the vet bears the burden if the coat does not re-grow. Alternative Approaches A thorough carding of the coat or deshedding will usually render a Nordic coat breathable and comfortable for the dog. Deshedding is best done on clean, conditioned, coat. To attempt to brush out a matted Malamute before the bath is groomer torture. A bathing system is a must-have for working products through thick double coats. SaveUrFur has designed a system to power shed in the tub with their special products. Likewise, a recirculating bathing system will power shampoo through the double coat and use the conditioner to slide hair off the dog. By using water pressure to break through the packed coat and slide undercoat into the tub, you can save up to half your time of blow drying with hair flying. Using silicone-based products can help remove vast amounts of packed undercoat. Silicone ingredients dry to a glass-like surface on the hair shaft and help the loose hair slide out. You can spray a silicone detangler on a damp coat and dry it in. If you have a recirculating bathing system, you can add one or two ounces of silicone detangler to your conditioning phase and rinse it through. There also deshedding products available from several manufacturers. Good products, good water pressure and a powerful dryer will enable the groomer to work out nearly any double coat. Clipping the underbelly and underchest can help a thick-coated dog cool off without damaging the coat. The rear end and forechest can be trimmed with a snap-on comb to further lighten the look and feel of the coat without risking coat damage, coat alteration or poor re-growth. Air can move through the coat, the dog can cool off by laying on a cool surface, and you have achieved a trimmed up summarized appearance. Win-Win! (Continued on page 40) Bbirds Gallery In an Arizona summer this short black- coated dog would sizzle and need to avoid exercise under the hot sun. This long-haired Akita was comfortable all Summer after his shedding phase. This is Buddy, a Border Collie mix that has been deshed and trimmed for the summer in Arizona. 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