|Barked: Tue Mar 19, '13 2:46pm PST |
|There are subtle differences in coat texture that can cause dramatically different coat blows. Ember's fur is very silky, so she tends to shed more uniformly with minimal clumping. The summer into winter blow is barely noticeable. Winter into summer she'll suddenly be leaving fur behind everywhere, and if I brush her you can actually see the different thicknesses in her coat where the fur has let loose and where it hasn't.
Here's a pic from last spring.
Fox has a courser coat and is much more traditionally clumpy. You can literally just pull it out by the handful if I go too long without brushing. It sticks out everywhere and generally looks absolutely terrible for a month or so, no matter how much work I put into it. Vance was somewhere between the two of them - he'd start to clump a bit, and when I started brushing it'd come out like Ember's coat.
Their coat blows did not sync up, either. Vance went early, then as he was finishing Fox would start, and as she is finishing Ember will start. Super fun for me. No one was ever shedding at the same time.
So... Probably normal on all counts and nothing to worry about.
I would be concerned & seek veterinary advice if:
- The skin underneath is excessively swollen, red, dry, flaky, scaly or otherwise irritated.
- There are areas of bare skin.
- Guard coat is coming out in clumps. Guard coat should turn over gradually, not in the same chunky "blow" as the undercoat.
- Fur is not growing back
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