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Q: Shaving to "help" shedding?

July 7, 2009 | By Jessica P. | 7 answers | Expired: 1834 days ago

Jessica P.

What do you all think about shaving a rotti to help with excessive shedding? My dog Ruxbin sheds horribly, and though salmon oil does help a lot I am now debating whether I should just shave him to a least help prevent having to pick up clumps of hair all the time? Being cold is not a problem, just curious as to others thoughts/experiences with shaving or not a "short" haired breed.
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He does get a high quality food (because he has severe food allergies) and he also gets salmon oil twice daily. And brushed daily as well, though I have not found a brush, comb or rake that is very effective on his fur type. He is also not an outside dog, only outside for walks or play, inside most of the time.

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JerZgirl
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Jul 08, 2009

Do NOT Shave your Rottie...fur insulates from the sun and the cold weather. Also, shaving them makes them shed teeny tiny hairs instead of regular ones.

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Courtney H.
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Jul 08, 2009

Owned Rotties all my life and never seen anyone shave one.
I would invest in a furminator. Eventhough they have short coats, some have heavy undercoats.
The furminator will loose up all the undercoat which is what you are finding all over your house.
You can purchase them on Amazon for much less than the big stores.

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Kayla L.
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Jul 08, 2009

A shave does nothing. The dog's coat is already short. You'll just be shorning away the ends and the hairs are just going to stay loose and fall out. The coat needs to protect the skin. Totally invest in a Furminator. I use them on the cats and even the dog. I cut off enough fur to make a second dog before the heat kicked up and have been letting it grow in enough to protect her skin again before the sun and heat started here so far up to 109 degrees. She gets FURminated at least every two weeks. It's helped out so much. I also take baby wipes to the pillows at night to gather up any stray hairs from her snuggles and keep them out of my face.

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Ethel02
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Jul 07, 2009

Shaving a Rotti not a good idea, never saw it done, I ave a Black Lab they are walking hair balls, never saw a shave one, I did break down & got the furminater $60.00 and worth every single penny, even my Vet got one for his 3 Labs, it has cut the shedding more than 1/2

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Katie B.
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Jul 07, 2009

Shaving him isn't a very good idea short haired dogs tend to get razor burn more easily when being shaved and when hes outdoors he can get sunburn this way which could lead to skin cancer. Try putting him on a higher quality food and getting him some brewers yeast vitamins they will give him more healthy skin and coat.

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Stacie R.
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Jul 07, 2009

Shaving your rottie is probably a bad idea. His hair helps protect his skin and helps to cool him off. What do you feed him. A high quality food can cut down on shedding. I also think the Furminator is a lifesaver...and worth every single penny.

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Lisa B.
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Jul 07, 2009

If you can't brush him daily then a shave might be okay. We had a collie we would give the lion cut to but we had to use a special sunscreen for dogs when he was outside. Fur does keep a dog cool in the summer, warm in the winter. God knows what he is doing !

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