|Barked: Sun Dec 22, '13 4:44am PST |
|Sounds like a coat blow to me. To be sure, how long has it been going on? It takes my guys about 2 months to fully blow their coat, from the time I first notice fur tufting around their knees, to the time I can brush out their neck and be done with it. Every single time I brush it's a full garbage can of fur, even if I only get one thigh done.
What sort of brush are you using? That can make all the difference in the world! Most Huskies do best with a nice wide-tooth comb or coat rake. I find Furminators and Four Paws shedding blades (only brand I like) work well and are often better tolerated by the dog, but they do tend to break fur and damage the coat.
A good bath is vital, too. It removes the skin oils and dirt that build up and make the fur more difficult to brush out. The key is making sure the dog is thoroughly wet and soapy, down to their skin. Sounds obvious, but it's really difficult to get water through a Husky coat - they're made to keep the weather out. If you feel really handy, invest in a forced air drier and blow the fur out.
Then if I bathe too early, I'll have to do it again later, to get all the fur that hadn't fallen out yet... Sometimes I just bathe twice because it does take so long...
I wouldn't worry about nutrition or illness unless this has been going on a long time, the fur quality is poor (dry, brittle, flaky, etc), or the fur is not growing back. Good food will create better coat quality, and I'm always a fan of switching things up, but it's not going to stop shedding entirely.
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