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School me on spay coat and blowout

Scout is 18 months old and 1 week out since spay. I'd never heard of spay coat until AFTER her procedure. Yesterday I noticed 2 cotton candy texture wads of hair. I snipped them out. She wore her cone to bed, but was also able to lick the site as there was some dried blood. I'm wondering if the wads were from wet hair vs cone or if it is actually what I've heard referred to as spay coat?
Second question is about blowout. How long does this usually last? Is it usually just a once per year thing? I guess since she was still getting her big girl coat last summer it wasn't as noticeable? I'm vacuuming twice a day and still can't stay on top of all of the hair!

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Mine is only 13 months old but I have a golden puppy coming off the dog by daily brushing and vacuuming each week. We have not experienced spay coat since we are still not there.
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If she was just spayed then it's too soon for the spay coat.


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Mine is only 13 months old but I have a golden puppy coming off the dog by daily brushing and vacuuming each week. We have not experienced spay coat since we are still not there.
Yeah, we laugh at how many "dogs worth" of hair we get when brushing! I need to get a new brush, I've worn out the cheap one I have. I can easily get 6 or 7 brush fulls off of her per day.
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Spay coat will become apparent over the next year or two, more apparent in darker coats. You will probably notice it on her flanks - it is soft, cottony, tufty fur that looks messy and that you can't remove with a normal brushing. You either have to get a special grooming tool or just very patiently pick it out. Some dogs get more than other dogs.



Your spayed female likely won't blow her coat in the traditional way - the spaying changes that, and it's the fur that isn't getting blown that causes spay coat. (Though, my last spayed female did blow her coat once or twice - it was CRAZY the amount of fur that came out of her). She lost her entire undercoat - she looked boney with just a thin top coat for a couple of months before it grew back in.

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many dogs will shed (blow) their coat after being put under for surgery.

I would describe spay coat as the undercoat grows longer than the outer coat giving the dog a soft fuzzy appearance.

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The wads of fuzz - I'm wondering if she had a hotspot or skin infection going on because of the blood???

Or oh! I just realized you were talking about incision area from the spay. Gotcha.

*** I agree with Swampy re shedding related to anesthesia.

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So boys can have spay coat too, and Rocket used to have these ugly wispy spots on his knees, back of the neck, shoulders, and front legs. I would just pluck them out by hand because no brush could hold them. BUT, over the last year of him eating Pro Plan instead of TOTW, I've noticed that the spay coat is reduced, and almost completely gone from the back of his neck. It took quite a while for all of it to go away, but it hasn't really grown back after me plucking it out since the food switch.

I've also heard that the degree of spay coat is genetic. But honestly, unless the entire coat gets like that, it's really not that big of a deal and lots of dogs don't even get it.
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You can get a "rake" from Chewy.com or tractor supply that doesn't damage the coat but will remove all the undercoat (does not cut anything). Do this outside as it will be a ton of fuzz. We do this daily and get at least a cockers worth of hair :-) Blowing out with the blow drier helps but nothing gets this under coat out like a rake, think is was like $6.00
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Pebbles has spay coat. At least that is what a knowledgeable Golden person told me it is when I asked why her coat is always a mess now, is always all poofy, and doesn't lay nice and straight. Picture of her from last night below. Not a great picture though.

Pebbles used to have a beautiful coat. At about 5 years of age she was spayed. Within a year or so her coat started to go "poof" big time. She has so much coat now too. Kinda funny at times. Her butt feathers and tail sometimes look like she stuck her finger (toe?) into a light socket.

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