|Barked: Tue Feb 21, '12 11:06pm PST |
|Natasha, thanks for letting me know about the facebook group! I'll have to check that out
Also, I got curious and did a little research on coat texture change following spay/neuter. Apparently it is a very real thing that happens to long-coated breeds sometimes following the desexing surgery. The change in hormone levels ends up tinkering with the hair growth cycle somehow, though the exact mechanism is not known.
In addition to Irish setters, I found mention of golden setters, gordon setters, cocker spaniels, KCC spaniels, border collies, papillons, saymoneds, and huskies being affected. What happens is that the dogs end up growing more undercoat which is softer and finer- making it matt easier. In addition guard hairs tend to grow longer than before the spay or neuter. That makes the dog fluffier and "fuzzy" in appearance.
Honestly, I feel like the desexing surgery may have affected both of my dog's coats as well. Kip has fuzzies on the sides of his legs that look like puppy coat, but it just keeps growing longer and longer. Oogie was spayed in January and she is already starting to get way fluffy- granted, she went through 1 heat cycle and blew coat pretty extensively, so she could just be growing all of that blown coat back in. Either way mine are half pomeranian so I don't really mind if they get some extra fluff and fuzz on them.
Anyhoo just thought I'd add in the extra info that I found
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