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Old 11-08-2012, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed Leila's hair doesn't feel as silky soft as it used to and was wondering if this is normal or if there's something I could use on her to make it feel as soft as it once did. It's still soft, just not as much as it used to be.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, I think it's normal. This happens when they start to change their puppy hair to an adult coat. During this period the coat may feel more cottony than silky.
Once the change's complete, the silky feeling and shine should return.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I noticed when I groomed Bella this past weekend that her coat had changed a bit. She is almost 11 months old so I'm assuming her puppy coat is growing out
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My Louie is 4.5 months old and I love his cotton coat.. But ik it will probably change! =\


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Old 11-08-2012, 07:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, Katie! I was getting worried that maybe I brush her too much or something. The hair on her head is still silky soft, but the hair on the rest of her body feels just like you described - a cotton ball.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I do coconut oil treatments once a month (sometimes every other month). I massage coconut oil into their hair, give them a KONG in the bathroom, and let it sit for 30 minutes at least.

Then I do their bath (usually have to shampoo twice).... And it really helps their coat
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How old is Leila now? Cottony coats don't magically turn silky when the adult coat is in. Chances are Leila will have a cottony coat as an adult if her coat is cottony now.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Perhaps you've torn the ends up on her coat? That will cause the feeling to change. If that is a case just take the ends off with shears. At her age I find this much more likely than coat change (which happens around 9-12 months).
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Marj, she is 4 months old. Oh, I hope I haven't damaged it! I brush her at least once a day and use a pin brush (is that what you call it?) and sometimes a flea comb after I've brushed it first. Maybe I've used the flea comb too much. I've run it through to make sure I keep any mats from happening and to find any little tangles the brush didn't find. Her hair was sooo soft at first and it's not frizzy, rough, or anything like that now. It's just not as smooth as it used to be. She's had a bath about every 1-2 weeks and not less than a week. I've got some waterless shampoo and have only used it a few times. I wonder if that's dried her out some. I don't know what the groomer used on her. The shampoo and conditioner I use is Truly Gentle Puppy Shampoo and Puppy Conditioner made by Kong in Style. I've thought about using an oatmeal shampoo, but was thinking that was more for the skin. I appreciate any and all suggestions.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
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This may sound weird but I'm Asian and in Asia we sometimes use egg yolk in our hair and back in Malaysia where I am from my uncles girlfriend used egg yolk on her shih tzus fur and it worked wonders when I tried it with my little arthur and it worked wonders! the only downside is that he smells a bit like egg after but my suggestion is to whip up some egg yolk mix iit with a bit of water and let it sit in his hair for a bit
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