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Old 01-11-2013, 08:44 AM
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worried about Yuki's tail feathering

yuki's tail was very bushy and nice few months back and now it isnt. i dont know what is affecting him or is it normal. kinda confused. this didnt happen to my other golden unless she was in her "shedding" period.

the rest of yuki's feathering is normal but lesser than what i see in golden pictures uploaded online with lots of feathering and bushy tails.

i will post pictures of yuki tomorrow
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Buddy has like No Feathering due to poor breeding/genetics.
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Sometimes if there is matting, a dog will chew on their tail. You say it used to be bushy. Do you brush it sometimes? Just a thought. I am sure pictures will help.
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Sometimes if there is matting, a dog will chew on their tail. You say it used to be bushy. Do you brush it sometimes? Just a thought. I am sure pictures will help.
i brush yuki every morning after applying some conditioner to avoid tangles.
yuki very rarely chews his tail probably only when it itches maybe.

he does wag his tail everywhere with no care in the world like on rough surfaces for example.

here is a recent pic of his tail:



this is what it used to look like few months back:

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I would suggest that a full thyroid panel be run.
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I would stop applying the conditioner-that might be bothering him.
The thyroid panel is an idea, too.
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My Jinger has some feathering and a thin tail. It's always been like that. Her and 10 mo old pup have entirely different coats. Jingers is wavy and kind of feels like hair and Riley has a courser texture to his coat. He has a very thick tail and feathers.

I would say different dogs, different coats and not be to concerned. Maybe have Yuki's thyroid checked or at least ask your vet.
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i will be going to the vet soon and ask him for a thyroid check.
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How did Yuki's thyroid turn out? that would be my guess. Marty loss a LOT of hair, but not just on his tail. His rear feathering went too, but now w meds he's got plenty of hair!
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update:

ran the test twice. the results were normal. the vet said the coat problems maybe due to diet and hormonal changes he is going through.
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