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Old 07-27-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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I saw a pet trimmer/shaver set at Walmart the other day..it looks like the same thing they use on men's hair at the barber. Would this be okay to use on my husky?
I know alot of people say that shaving a husky is a bad idea because their fur is their heating/cooling system, but Ive seen people with other breeds with similar or thicker coats such as American Eskimos, who get shaved during the summer and..well, they aren't dead! Mostly the body was shaved, and the face was left fluffy and furry.

I read on here that the "Ferminator" works well, and I've also seen the PetVac but haven't heard any testimony about it. I've also read on here that there are supplements that also help..but I've read counter opinions about that. Plus I'd kinda not really want to get involved with putting more "stuff" into my dog's system.

What's the best way to eliminate all this fur?!
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:20 PM
 
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I'd prob. do the Furminator over the trimmer, also check out Shedding Blades (not as bad as they sound), you can get a ton of fur off. I have a small dog and I use both, also a flea comb to get the rear on either side of her tail. Anyway, am sure some husky people will chime in or those who have dogs w/ thick coats.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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If your dog is an inside dog there is no problem. It is best to keep them out of the sun for extended periods of time for about a week or two until the fur grows back in some so they won't get sunburned. Here is a picture of 2 that I groom for a client. I trim the malamute about every 4 months, the chow about every 7 months. While it doesn't eliminate shedding, it helps to have a lot shorter hairs and they are much easier to use the furminator on after shaving so that helps with the shedding then. Another thing to know is that some double coated dogs might not grow their coat back completely after a shave down. This isn't extremely common, but a well-known thing to warn of in the grooming and veterinary communities. Sometimes clipper alopecia is really attributed to an underlying hypothyroidism or other endocrine problem, but sometimes the cause can't be determined and is just blamed on constant shavedowns. And while the hair does grow back, it can be patchy or just not nearly as thick as it once was. I have never experienced this in all of the shavedowns that I have done except on one older Golden Retriever that did have hypothyroidism and was put on a thyroid supplement and the hair grew back. I think it is beneficial to shave down a CLEAN, dry coat and only use COOL blades. I furminate after.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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I'd prob. do the Furminator over the trimmer, also check out Shedding Blades (not as bad as they sound), you can get a ton of fur off. I have a small dog and I use both, also a flea comb to get the rear on either side of her tail. Anyway, am sure some husky people will chime in or those who have dogs w/ thick coats.
My in-laws have a husky mix and use the blade. It is amazing how much undercoat they can remove every day with that thing. The dog really seems to enjoy it, as well.

When I was growing up we had our golden buzzed and she got terribly sun burned on her back. She was miserable.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:36 AM
 
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Actually the BEST way to keep your dog cool is to get her to take a dip and DON'T dry her off much (enough to keep her from shaking everything all over, but not DRY). That way the water will evaporate from the heat of her skin, cooling her off. Getting her undercoat with a shedding blade is fine, but much more effective is to keep her damp!
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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I also used the blade on my rough coat St Bernard. In addition, I had a grooming tool called a rake which looked like a miniature metal rake. I removed about 3 grocery bags of hair every year when she shed her undercoat. If you shave a dog with an undercoat, you have to shave them completely down to the skin. I had one ST Bernard with extreme skin problems that had to be shaved every year so we could bathe and treat her, but it was really hard living in CA to make sure she was safe from the sun. I would never recommend this unless the dog absolutely needs it for medical reasons.
If you are going to have a long haired dog, you have to make the committment to do the grooming which is every day, every week, every month and every year as long as the dog is in your home.
If you cannot do that yourself, find a good groomer.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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I dont want to shave my dog down to the skin...it's not a cooling issue. I just want to get rid of ALOT of the shedding! Basically I just want to thin out the coat so her fur isn't everywhere. She only goes outside for walks, she's not left outside.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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The thing that worked best on my long haired shepherd is a rake. You can get one at pet smart.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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I tried that Furminator shampoo and it is AMAZING!!! It works great! You will notice right after the first, maybe 2nd use. I tried it on my husky the first time and ever since I rarely have to brush her anymore. She just stopped shedding. I dont know what they put in these bottles, but this one is well worth the money.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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I saw a pet trimmer/shaver set at Walmart the other day..it looks like the same thing they use on men's hair at the barber. Would this be okay to use on my husky?
I know alot of people say that shaving a husky is a bad idea because their fur is their heating/cooling system, but Ive seen people with other breeds with similar or thicker coats such as American Eskimos, who get shaved during the summer and..well, they aren't dead! Mostly the body was shaved, and the face was left fluffy and furry.

I read on here that the "Ferminator" works well, and I've also seen the PetVac but haven't heard any testimony about it. I've also read on here that there are supplements that also help..but I've read counter opinions about that. Plus I'd kinda not really want to get involved with putting more "stuff" into my dog's system.

What's the best way to eliminate all this fur?!
Professional Groomer.
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