|Barked: Fri Jun 22, '12 3:19am PST |
|Happy, that was a very detailed, thoughtful, and helpful post. I learned a lot, thank you!
I wasn't able to find all the grooming tools you and Jewel suggested, but I did find the majority of them. I may end up having to order some online. I ended up having to buy a shampoo recommended by the vet because the brands you listed weren't there, but it worked very well, she smells very nice now, no more dirty wet dog smell! Oh, and thanks Maci & Harley for the tip about not using human hair products, I'll make sure my mom knows this too.
Unfortunately, I discovered that she had a lot more mats than I had previously thought she had. I used the mat-stripper tool quite frequently but after a few hours of doing that, she still had a ton more to go through, so I decided to cut off the mats, especially the ones really close to her skin. After I finished that, she looked like my dad had gone after her with his weed-eater! It was absolutely awful!
So, in the end I decided to shave her afterall. It was disappointing, and it was a learning experience so she looks horrible, but definately better than patches of fur cut out! After her bath she did do a victory lap around the house, and was super bouncy, so I assume she felt better without matted fur.
I hope I didn't completly destroy her coat. I know some breeds coats never grow back properly after being shaved, are Rough Collies one of them? Will it grow back properly if I keep it brushed and maintained?
Edited by author Fri Jun 22, '12 3:20am PST
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