Mystery Skin/Fur Issue

Old 10-21-06, 12:21 PM
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Question Mystery Skin/Fur Issue

Has been going on nearly 4 yrs. Still no answer. 2 dogs. Bischon & Cocker-Poo. Both have fur that has twisting/coiling pattern and seems to grow "with" the skin. Have to use flea clomb to get to the skin and it just goes back to the coiling. Bizarre? Maybe fungal or follicle infection. Fur pulls and hurts. I need a solution for their relief. Any ideas?
Old 10-21-06, 10:40 PM
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Hi Screenname,

Not quite enough info here to try and help. Are these dogs litter mates that are a cross between a Bichon and a cocker-poo or is one a Bichon and one a cocker-poo?

Have they been to a vet? What did the vet do and say?

Have they been to a groomer? What did the groomer say?

Have you or do you use shampoo on the dogs?

How often do you brush them?

What, if anything has been eliminated? Have the dogs been to a veterinary dermatologist?


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Research indicates that it is extremely important for Bichon's to be brushed to avoid problems with knotting and skin problems. Cockerpoos are a cross between a cockerspaniel and a poodle. Twisting of the hair may be a result of poodle heritage. Soreness may be due to a skin problem or a result of brushing or combing technique in an attempt to untangle the twisted, coiled hair.

Each species of dog tends to have it's own often predictable health problems associated with its genetic history. When two specimens of the same breed are mated, the puppies have consistently predictable characteristics. When specimens of two or more breeds are mated, characteristics are unpredictable.

A visit to the vet is recommended to rule out health or skin problems.

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