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Old 04-03-2013, 04:08 PM
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Exclamation Please help! I think I brushed too much of my golden retriever's undercoat/hair

Ok - so I just got a golden retriever puppy back in December, and he is about 7 months now. Well, I noticed he's been shedding a lot (started about a month ago) and did not realize that most golden retriever's "blow their coat" once warmer weather starts (in SC, warmer weather starts early).

So I purchased a furminator and have been using it on him once to twice a week. At first, a TON of hair came off, so I continued to use it and notice less and less would come off.

I then noticed that his hair has become REALLY thin on top, and his tail is also very thin. I had NO IDEA that it could make him bald underneath/so thin. He never complained or acted like it hurt. His skin was never red. But I will definitely stop using the furminator ASAP.

What I really want to know is, is this permanent?! Will his poor hair grow back? And if it does, how long will it take?? I feel terrible!!!

Ok sorry for the long post and hope I hear some replies! Thank you!
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It's not permanent and his hair will grow back. My hubby did the same thing to one of our dogs when he was about 7. It grew back, but it took a while. We threw our Furminator out after that.
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It will grow back.
The furminator basically has a razor blade between the tines, so the tines pull some of the loose coat out and the blade cuts the coat.
I tossed mine too. I have a "rake" and a comb.
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Yes, there is such a thing as too much Furminator. That happened once to my Bridge Kid, Maggie. I learned from that to use a light hand and only on the areas where you can actually see the undercoat shedding out, like on sides of the rump. I never use it on his back, chest or tail.

IMO, the one thing to remember is, a Furminator is a grooming tool, not a brush.
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I use the Furminator on Ky because as you can see from this pic she actually blows her entire coat, top and undercoat twice a year. This pic is how it comes out on it's own, I use the furminator on the places that take the longest to finish like her throat area.
I would never use it on Bentley's coat. I use a pin brush and a rake brush for him.

Take heart though, even though Ky goes down to skin and baby fuzz her entire summer coat grows in very quickly. Relax and breath
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I used to use a Furminator and thought it was awesome. Then I got a job in a boarding/grooming salon and my coworker said using a Furminator is pretty much just like taking a blade for the shearers across your dog. It pulls out good hair, not just dead.

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Thanks everyone for the replies, I feel a lot better about everything. I will just be patient and wait for it to grow back, and in the future, only use the furminator in the places he needs it most, and use a pin brush everywhere else thats needed. Thanks again!
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Dump the furminator. I groom and I do not use one even on dogs that come in mid-shed. It just breaks and ruins topcoat.

All you really need is a soft pin slicker brush, a pin comb, and a metal flea comb. Use the slicker to line brush starting at the rear of the dog and get out most of the shedding hair. Then use the pin comb over the whole body. It will slide through the coat when you have removed the dead hair. I like the flea comb for pulling out shedding undercoat.

When they get to the point where the coat is starting to blow I also do a shedding bath. Brush the dog out, then shampoo and rinse, and then put a whole bottle of cheap cream rinse (like Wella Balsalm or whatever cheap no name you can buy) and work it into the coat. Let it sit for five minutes and then rinse with fairly high pressure. The dead hair globs up and rinses out. Dry with a force dryer (or a vacuum on blower setting) and you will blast out more of the dead coat. gets the shedding misery over!
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I live in SC also. I hated the Furminator. I only used it twice and did not like what I saw it doing to Luke's coat.

Luke has a beautiful coat and grooming him only takes me about five to 10 minutes a day (well, and a bath every two weeks. He loves bath time.) I use an undercoat rake and a slicker brush.

The undercoat rake works perfectly for removing loose hair that is shedding. There's no need to be rough with it either.

By doing this every day on our porch, Luke's hair isn't a problem in the house at all. He also has hardly any matting because I nip them in the bud.
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When our two goldens were babes, I was at Petsmart and a family brought in their golden who looked like he had been tossed into a blender! Found out they had been using the furminator on him and realized too late they had cut the coat in places down to the skin. That poor dog was bald in places and all the guard hairs on his back were gone. He looked horrible and all Petsmart could suggest was to shave him and let him regrow. I found out then that the furminator was a "tool" not a brush and should be used very sparingly and only in areas that you know you can get the undercoat out without cutting the guard hairs. My two didn't need this, and I am a klutz, so decided to never use.

But coat is coat and it will regrow, but the guard hairs sure grow back slowly!
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