|Barked: Sat Dec 4, '10 3:52am PST |
|I have a Shih Tzu female (11.5lbs) and a Shih Tzu/Pekingese mix male (~14lbs). The female has a fluffy under coat with a little more coarse top coat, and a little bit of a skin issue, so I was recommended to use an oatmeal shampoo to soothe her skin when it's itchy. I found earthbath oatmeal & aloe shampoo, and I LOVE it. It makes her SO soft and fluffy, and it seems to last for almost 2 weeks (as long as she doesn't get into any mischief).
I first found it at Petco but recently also found it at Fred Meyer. Little spendy ($9.99 a bottle here), but a little also goes a long way.
I let it soak for 5-10 minutes before rinsing (5 for regular baths, 10 when they're itchy). It seems to help her skin quite a bit, and it gives the added benefit of a SUPER soft and fluffy coat.
I definitely recommend it!
I have also noticed my female seems to have extra coarse feeling fur if I've cut her fur under a half inch or so in length. The shampoo helps with that also! She feels much softer and fluffier the longer her fur gets (I keep her between an inch-2 inches in length usually), but it does still help her feel much softer when her fur has to be cut short.
I also use a brush quite similar to this one: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_m_Ebad3-yQk/SrEA0qd4AcI/AAAAAAAAB5M/_i9k3_ qkZPw/s400/Double-Sided-Wooden-Dog-Brush.jpg
I brush with the bristle side regardless of the length of their coats. Regular brushing is good for their skin, too. Plus, both the dogs just love that side of the brush. I usually have either one stretched out and snoring within minutes.
Edited by author Sat Dec 4, '10 4:01am PST
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