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    Smile Fox Terrier Coats

    Sari, a mini fox terrier, is one of my foster dogs. She 13 years 3 months old and I don't think she has been bathed too often It took several lots of shampoo to even get a lather the first time I bathed her, but she is gradually getting cleaner.

    Her coat around her neck is quite coarse and thick and still very yellow. Will this gradually get whiter as she is bathed and new hair replaces old, or is there something I could use to "un-yellow" her. I am not particularly concerned, more curious really.

    She is of the docked tail era.
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    I'm sure others will be able to help more but I think you can buy shampoos that help whiten the coat.

    She's pretty cute

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    Could the hair possibly be naturally be that colour. I know it's unlikely with a purebred fox terrier.

    I can't think of anything that would whiten the fur that I'd feel ok about putting on a dog. The closest I can think of is the peroxide mixes humans use for bleaching their own hair.

    Any chance of taking her to the beach for a swim? Frosty always seems a bit whiter after that. I do rinse her off with the highly chlorinated (bleach) Adelaide tap water afterwards though.

    PS Sun would probably have some whitening effect too. In short doses.

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    You can safely use the coat whiteners for horses, as long as you dilute them according to the instructions. Is it staining from a collar on the coat or something?

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    I'm not sure if this works or if its safe to use on pooches, but i my mums neighbor washes her Maltese pooches in eucalyptus fabric softener & she swears it whitens & makes the dogs coats cleaner / brighter & more soft etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    I'm not sure if this works or if its safe to use on pooches, but i my mums neighbor washes her Maltese pooches in eucalyptus fabric softener & she swears it whitens & makes the dogs coats cleaner / brighter & more soft etc
    I second this - a lot of show people use it before the dog goes to the ring. It is safe just don't use it more than once every 4 - 6 weeks and dilute it in some water before putting it on pups skin.

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    Thanks for all those responses. I wouldn't go with the special whiteners either, but I will be looking at the eucalyptus fabric softener.

    She is going to the vet tomorrow for a dental and to look at the possibility of repairing a hernia. I will be a nervous wreck as she is into her 14th Year. I'd like to give her previous owners an earful .

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    There are plenty of whitening shampoos for dogs out there. They are generally purple. I use it for grass stains on hocks. But personally if I wasn't showing I wouldn't worry.

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    At her age I wouldn't go the fabric softener.

    She looks to me like she needs a good dose of love, attention and a quality diet to get the coat as good as it's going to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    There are plenty of whitening shampoos for dogs out there. They are generally purple. I use it for grass stains on hocks. But personally if I wasn't showing I wouldn't worry.
    Good idea MAC, it makes sense to use purple coloured shampoos on white fur, i use a tad of magic silver white in my shampoo to brighten & stop brassiness of my blonde coloured foils / hair.

    ohh the days of grannies & purple hair, thanks to magic silver white overdose

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