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    Question Alaskan Malamute

    Hi all, my daughter has an Alaskan Malamute and they live in an area where there are a lot of grass seeds, unbeknown to her the dog got a lot of seeds in his coat and consequently had to have the coat shaved off. The vet advised her that she should have this done each year so was wondering if there is anyone in Perth who particularly deals with Malamutes as apparently they are difficult to shear and require special equipment.
    Any help here would be much appreciated.

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    Misty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty View Post
    Hi all, my daughter has an Alaskan Malamute and they live in an area where there are a lot of grass seeds, unbeknown to her the dog got a lot of seeds in his coat and consequently had to have the coat shaved off. The vet advised her that she should have this done each year so was wondering if there is anyone in Perth who particularly deals with Malamutes as apparently they are difficult to shear and require special equipment.
    Any help here would be much appreciated.

    Cheers

    Misty
    Malamutes have a double coat so yes they will be difficult to clip.

    Why does he have to have his coat clipped???? Is he allergic????

    There coats are actually insulators against heat and cool. personally I wouldn't clip my husky.
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    yep gonna leave this one to huskymum

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    Misty, is your daughters dog matted in the seeds, or what?
    is there NO way they can all be groomed out? If not this time, but on a regulat basis in the future so the AM doesn't need to be clipped to get rid of them all?

    I just don't understand yet how bad it is to require such a drastic measure, so if you could please elaborate.

    There are great brushes and equipment out there on the market to make grooming an AM very easy these days.

    Await your reply. cheers.

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    If you think that short haired dogs can't have problems with seeds - you're wrong

    I reckon regular brushing, unfortunately sometimes few times a day if necessary would be the only right thing to do.

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    Its time to find a new vet!
    The only time we have had to shave a double coated dog was when the dog had a numerous ticks.
    Burrs will removed themself after a few days. Honestly, I'd leave it.
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    Some groomers and vets are all too happy with clippers these days.

    Keep the lawn (or area where the dog spends most of it's time) mown and groom the dog properly. If you're not sure how, find a groomer or breeder that is willing to show you.

    If you can't spot grass seeds you cannot spot ticks. And a short coat doesn't make it easier to find either so practise is the only way.

    Double coats have all sorts of problems growing back so be prepared to either stick it out for a few years or keep forking out to have him shaved. His natural insulation will be way off when shaved so be extra careful about extremes of temperature.

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    Hi all, thank you so much for your replies, the problem that my daughter has is that they are living in an area where there is a lot of grass and one of the grasses is the corkscrew grass which doesn't matt Wolfgangs (that is the dogs name) furr so much as burrows into the flesh and can in the end kill him, because of his thick coat it is nigh on impossible to see those particular seeds in there (the other seeds she gets out) I personally had never heard of the problem before and I was brought up on a farm with many working dogs.
    Your advice on taking precautions since he has been clipped is being carried out, she has him in the house and is definitely aware of him getting sunburnt if he is outside, Wolfgang is a very happy dog playing with the family inside now.
    Now that my daughter is aware of the problem she will be taking preventive action so he doesn't get like that again.
    I was glad to hear the comments in relation to having him shaved each year as I was surprised with the recomendation myself.
    Thanks again for your help, I will pass all that on to her.
    Kind Regards
    Misty

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    Hi Husky Mum, the Vet said that because of the area where they live Wofgang will need his fur shaved each year to prevent these seeds from getting into his blood stream. As I have mentioned below I have never heard of this myself but he was quite a sick boy when they took him to the Vet who spent a couple hours getting the seeds out from under his skin, you couldn't see that there was any problem with his coat before hand.
    I do agree with you though, I don't think I would be too keen to be shaving off his coat at the beginning of summer each year.
    Thanks again for your reply.
    Misty

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    Hi Devils Advocate, No Wofgangs hair was not matted at all, the seeds that are the problem are actually getting into his flesh and they can get into his bloodstream and eventually travel to his heart and kill him. Will pass on the info regarding the equipment that is on the market for brushing them.
    Thanks for your help
    Cheers
    Misty

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