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Old 06-22-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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Has anyone used the Furminator on a cairn terrier? I used one on mine last year and his coat still has not grown out correctly (coarse outer hair, soft undercoat). He's 11 yrs. old. His outer coat is sparse and uneven. Previously I stripped his coat with a stripping comb and the coat filled back in nicely. Maybe the Furminator is not for a terrier's coat.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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I would never use a Furminator on a terrier that usually is knife stripped. They're not nearly the same and I think the knife-stripping is the way to go.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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Actually groomers use Furminators to 'card' coats, especially in terriers when done in a proper groom, in conjunction with stripping. Your dog may have an underlying problem causing the hair not to grow back properly, like hypothyroidism. We see this frequently in dogs when something 'different' was done, although the problem may have been there undetected for a while. A poodle that I groom that had a beautiful coat & proper weight went to the vet for a hotspot from a bout with fleas for the first time in her 12 year old life. The hair that they clipped grew back very sparsely and slowly in 12 weeks. She had to beg the vet to check since the dog was atypical for hypothyroidism, but she had it. And that isn't the only disorder that will cause hair not to grow back properly.

But, back to the beginning....groomers do use Furminators to card terriers, although you may have been a lot more vigorous with the tool....who knows....at that age, I'd get it vet checked. The fuzzy body coat is lightly removed with a deshedding blade, and that is what the Furminator is. The purpose is to promote new growth of hard hair with good color. Carding helps to maintain a healthier coat, and done before the stripping, helps the other hair to lie properly. So, you may have done too much, but in reality, if it isn't growing back properly, you pet may have an underlying endocrine problem.
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