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    I was wondering if anyone shears their lab? I know people that do because of the shedding. But our Maggie baby chews an scratches but has no fleas. I assume it is dry skin and allergies. I wondered if it might help to shear her coat. If anyone has a pic of their lab sheared I would love to see it, not sure this is something I want to do. Thanks!!

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    NO!!!! The Lab's coat is genetically created to protect it from the elements, as well as cold and heat. Shaving/shearing does NOT help with shedding or allergies.

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    I would be worried the shaving would irritate your dog's skin even more and cause more chewing and itching.

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    Thanks for the information. We have friends that keep theirs sheared an I wondered what others opinion of grooming the lab would be. Maggie is a house dog an like everyone else's spoiled rotten. Does anyone have suggestions on how to help the dry skin an scratching? I did read about using fish oil caps. Will this hurt Maggie? Her skin is very dry. We don't shampoo alot because I've heard it dries their skin out.

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    Fish Oil - Sardines occassionally - anything like that is fine !

    What isn't fine is shearing ! They aren't sheep - please tell " the people that you know " !

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    Yes, fish oil is good, also, a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil on her dinner. Brush and comb at least once a week, and run a flea comb through her just to be sure that's not why she's scratching. (Look for little black specks on the comb to indicate fleas.) I never shampoo or give baths unless they have rolled in something gross (dead fish, animal poo, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lolli62 View Post
    We don't shampoo alot because I've heard it dries their skin out.
    How about NEVER shampooing.

    Try giving Maggie a can of sardines in water twice a week with her food. Open the can and dump it, fish and water, onto her food. Do this twice a week for awhile. You can eventually drop it to once a week during the summer if her skin gets back to normal.



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    I wish the folks that want to (or actually DO) shave their labs would shave their own head first.

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    Thought of something else. Could it be her food? Maybe something in there is irritating her skin.

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    Yes it could be her food. My collie pup Vermont seems to have an allergy to chicken formulas (or at least he doesn´t digest it well) so I changed him to a Salmon formula (I feed him Proplan) and he has an awesome coat (the salmon formula is "special" for skin conditions) since I started feeding it.

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