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Thread: Clipping Cocker's & New Shampoo for FAD

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    Default Clipping Cocker's & New Shampoo for FAD

    Hi everyone,
    I'm wondering if someone can tell me if it's ok to clip Cocker Spaniels? I usually clip mine in summer every few months, for 2 reasons. The first is to try and keep her cool, but I have no idea if clipping them does help them cool down, or if their coats act like insulation, as in other breeds?
    The second reason is that when we go walking, or if she rolls in grass, it takes her no time at all to pick something up in her coat that will be the beginning of matted hair. Cobblers pegs are the WORST. It can take me hours to get them all out, so short hair is quite convenient. I'm happy to pick the cobblers pegs out if a long coat will keep her cool.

    Also, she has FAD. She gets really itchy when she gets bitten by fleas (she and other pets are flea treated). The fleas die soon after biting her, and I have tried a new shampoo, nutriderm. She doesn't seem nearly as itchy. It's awesome!
    Thought I'd share about it as I haven't been about to find out a lot about it, as it's apparently new.

    Also, just wondering about how much garlic people give their dogs for fleas? I try to give them ACV, but have read some scary things about what it can do to their intestines?

    Wow, lots in this post, sorry. Many questions. Obviously learning, but absolutely LOVe this forum for advice

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    Hi Monkiea,

    I used to get a lot of cocker spaniels in to be clipped. A lot of different types of spaniels actually, not just cockers.
    Many ppl gave up long ago the old traditional method of plucking and stripping their cocker's coats with a specific knife tool made for that purpose. Lol. I wouldn't have the time nor the patience either. I've tried it - no way!

    Clipping her would certainly help with being able to keep her coat cleaner and make it easier to remove all the stuff her coat picks up.

    I thought Nutriderm has been around for many many decades??? I don't think I've got my products mixed up, but it was generally only available through vet surgeries back then to my memory. I would agree with you, it is outstanding stuff, not only for FAD but for any skin allergy or form of canine dermatitis. Thanks for sharing that info.

    I don't use ACV for my dogs, never have and never will. Garlic is okay IMO in very small doses, but must be tested slowly IMO.
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    Hmmm, thanks for that info. I don't want to keep clipping her if it's causing more harm than good. But, sounds like its ok.
    The vet told me that the shampoo is a new product . Never mind. I'd actually gone to get a different one, and left with this one, and am so happy to see my little girl not scratching!
    I give the dogs a small clove (approx) of garlic each, and they seem ok with it. Their poop certainly smells better (if thats possible). I dont know if this is too much, or not enough to be effective tho.

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    I would have no problem giving dogs a small clove. It's giving them too much that I am wary of.
    Maybe it's just a new product that he's just got in, or maybe it left the market for some time. Who knows? Who cares so long as it works, hey!

    Just maybe check that the groomer you use to clip her, or if you do it yoruself, that the blades are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, particularly if you use a grooming salon.
    There are a couple of groomers on here I think that would be able to give you heaps of advice and answers. Jayne is one but I haven't seen her here for quite a while. unfortunately.
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    Yeah, I clip her myself. I have to look after the blades or they get dirty and blunt.

    I'll definately keep on the lookout for some groomers on here. Thanks!

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    Do you make sure you wash and dry her prior to clipping her? You probably know this, so slap me if you do. Nothing bluntens blades faster than clipping an unclean coat.
    If the dog is washed and dried first, no dirt, grease and grime going through the blade, hence they should stay sharp for a fair length of time.
    Not only that, better for the dog too to have clippers going through a clean and untangled coat.

    If ppl would refuse to have their dog hydrobathed and dried prior to clipping, then I would refuse to clip their dogs and send them out the door. Unless they wanted to pay an extra $50-$100 for a replacement blade at each clipping session, of course.
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    Haha, I don't blame you for charging extra for unwashed dogs.

    It's much better all round if she's clean before clipping. I did learn the hard way though, I have to admit, but now always wash her first.

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    Hi Monkiea

    You are correct, the Cocker does have a double coat which acts as insulation. May I suggest that you use a Mars Coat King (Size 20) on your Cocker's body coat rather than clippers. You will get a much better result and the coat will sit flatter and be easier to maintain. Using clippers on the body coat generally causes it to grow back thick and it can become curly and unmanageable (not in all cases but in most of the clipped off Cockers I've seen). I think you could still clipper her furnishings (ie feathering) without too many problems. Please pm me if you would like a link on grooming the Cocker, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to put the link here.

    Cheers
    Ellie

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    hi Ellie, thanks for that!

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    A link would be helpful for many I think, ellie.
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