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!!
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.
♣ Laura ♣
I would be worried the shaving would irritate your dog's skin even more and cause more chewing and itching.
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.
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 " !
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).
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.
♣ Laura ♣
I wish the folks that want to (or actually DO) shave their labs would shave their own head first.
Thought of something else. Could it be her food? Maybe something in there is irritating her skin.
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.