Post-Clipping Alopecia

After doing a bunch of reading this morning I have a feeling Miss Diva has post-clipping alopecia. Before she got the lioness cut her fur was big fluffy and gorgeous. The photos below are from April 2014.

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Because she has a tinkling problem she was getting sores on her back legs from the urin and it was hard to wash the fur all the time. But instead of just trimming down her back legs I had the groomer give her a lioness cut aka lion cut even though Divas a girl.

The photo below is from May 24th 2014 lioness cut and all.

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Since then her fur has never been the same. Her neck has thinned out a lot, her shoulders as well, her back sides and tail.

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I have been reading in some dogs the fur does grow back and in others it doesn’t. I was reading some info on this ladies website. Here is what she has to say

(Taking your Pomeranian to a groomer may be a risky venture, especially if you haven‘t used that person’s services before. You need to give clear instructions on what you want done and, just as importantly, what you DON’T want done.

Shaving or clipping the coat very short on a double-coated dog like the Pomeranian may cause damage to the hair follicles. Most coats that have been clipped will start growing back almost immediately. However, it’s possible that the clipped hair may never grow back or it could take a very long time to do so. The older your dog gets, the greater the chances are that there won’t be any growth or that it will be very slow growth.

If this happens, your dog will only have his undercoat and that can give him a patchy and scruffy appearance. Shaving or clipping your Pomeranian’s coat very short may alter the coat for the rest of the dog’s life. This problem is usually referred to as post-clipping Alopecia.

Clipping the coat during the resting phase is thought to be a cause of post-clipping Alopecia which may be an advanced indicator of hypothyroidism or other problems associated with your pet’s metabolism.

The coat on a Pomeranian Dog is fur. Humans have fur on our arms and legs and hair on our head. The difference between fur and hair is that fur only grows to a certain length and hair keeps on growing.

Fur goes through a resting period called the “telogen phase” where the hair follicles are dormant. The growing phase is called the “Anagen phase.” In the Pomeranian and other Nordic breeds of dog, it’s believed that this is a short phase. Hair will grow to a predefined length (thanks to the dog’s genes). Then it stops growing and goes into the telogen resting period. The length of the two coat phases can vary according to the amount of stress your dog is experiencing.

It seems pointless to buy a long-coated dog such as a Pomeranian if you’re just going to clip his coat. If you really want to do that, perhaps you should think more about the breed of dog you want, before actually making the purchase. Also consider the amount of overall grooming involved as it’s not something you may want to do. Maybe you would prefer a dog that doesn’t need as much grooming.

Pomeranians have a double layer coat. The undercoat has short, fluffy soft hairs and it acts as an insulation and helps support the much longer outer layer. In other words, the dog stays cool in Summer and warm in Winter.

The stronger, longer guard hairs help to insulate your dog against the heat from the weather and the sun itself. Evolution blessed the Pomeranian breed of dog in this manner. If you clip the coat very short, you eliminate the dog’s natural cooling and heating ability and you cause more harm than good.

There’s a big contrast between dogs and people. Dogs don’t get cool through their skin. Their paw pads sweat and their major cooling method is panting.

Owners also foolishly believe that shaving their dog will stop him shedding. Poms and other double-coat breeds will still shed after they have been shaved.

To sum it all up: Shaving or close clipping any dog with a double coat can severely hinder their ability to keep themselves warm and cool as required. It also helps protect their skin.

The ideal way to make your Pomeranian comfortable and cool is to give him regular baths and brush his coat. Shaving should only be done if the dog’s hair is badly matted.)

I wish I never had the groomer cut her down. If I ever get another mix like Diva again I’ll never have her shaved down. I hope maybe her fur will just grow back. I read that it can take up to three years in some cases. So one can hope hers might. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Melatonin & Miss Diva Update

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So my vet had suggested putting Miss Diva on Melatonin for her fur loss. Apparently it can help with her alopecia, well she’s been on it since October 16th and there’s no new fur. Nothing has grown in its place and if anything it has not gotten better. When she scratches at her self like for example when she has an itch a little fur is stuck in her paws.

I was hoping the melatonin would work. But to no available. Though I have read that you can give this medication to dogs who suffer from separation anxiety or fire works or whatever. Which I might do in the future. Because it makes them sleepy well it did at first when I gave it to Diva. Now she’s pretty much normal.

But back to her fur it is not better, there is no new fur, nothing as grown back and so I’m giving up on this stuff as far as her fur is concerned. I did read yesterday that some people washed their dog with dish soap and that the fur grew back but that sounds really strange to me. I think it’s just accepting the fact that she has to wear t-shirts in the summer time and coats and stuff in the winter time. And doggy sun screen. I mean it doesn’t bother her she’s not in pain. It just bothers me. After all she’s my baby.

Anyone ever experience doggy alopecia and if so what did you try?

Update On Diva & The Vet

So the good news is that nothing is really wrong with diva except that her fur loss seems to be from age and nothing to do with her health. He said that poms can have fur loss as they age. The blood work came back and everything is pretty fine with her. He did say that she could develop diabetes later on in life but nothing to be overly concerned with her right now. And that she needs to go on a diet. Other then that everything is fine with her. Also hormonal testing could be done but that’s to expensive and so is the medication and I’m just not going to worry about that right now. Her fur bothers me more then it does her so I’ll just get over it. If need be I’ll get her a sweater if it gets that bad though I doubt it lol.

So good news yay.

Over and out