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    • October 12, 2014 6:44 PM CDT
    • Thank you, everyone for your comments on this thread.  I guess I will just continue to do what I have always done.  I feel so sorry for her though.

       

       

    • October 11, 2014 4:16 PM CDT
    • I also have a baby, well 16, that has the same issue. Vet shsmpoo is what helpsvher. Once/week bath in her shampoo and a light mist of Ultra Vitalizing mist. I know the trimming isnt always pretty but, she is comfortable.

    • October 11, 2014 12:35 AM CDT
    • I also have a baby, well 16, that has the same issue. Vet shsmpoo is what helpsvher. Once/week bath in her shampoo and a light mist of Ultra Vitalizing mist. I know the trimming isnt always pretty but, she is comfortable.

    • November 21, 2013 7:59 PM CST
    • The yellow crusty stuff could  be drainage from the warts, or it could be a secondary condition. If she is that covered with it, I don't think there's really anything that's going to help that much, without really over working already irritated skin. If you really want to try to work it off, I would have them get something from their Veterinarian. This way, if you use it according to directions, and it irritates it more somehow, it's not on you.

      The dog has a medical condition and should really only  be 'treated' by a Vet or by his/her advice.

       

      Some dogs, there is just only so much you can do. 

       

      Barb

    • November 21, 2013 7:16 PM CST
    • Sounds like this poor dog is in desperate need for a total medical make over. Food and a holistic vet.....

    • November 21, 2013 6:35 PM CST
    • I have this 13 year old Bichon that has warts (grow outside the skin) all over her body.  Along with that she has the yellow crusty stuff and some of the black scabby stuff that is really not a scab as it never seems to go away.  I know that all of you have dogs that have some of these things, but this poor Bichon has about 85-90% of her body covered in these things.  She even had a cluster of large warts on the stop of her face.  Those were removed in July and it does look much better.  It seems everytime I see her, approx. every 3 months, she has even more.  Vets tell the owner that there is little that can be done.....it is just something in her system. 

       

      It is very hard to give her a nice looking haircut with all these bumps, but I think that I could give her a better looking cut if I could just get rid of the yellow crusty stuff.  What is the yellow crusty stuff and the black scab stuff?  Is there an easy way that I can get rid of the crusty stuff?  Should I take the time to get most of the crusty stuff off?  What shampoo should I use on her coat?  

       

      Thank you for your help.

       

       

       

    • October 20, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
    • I too have found that using conditioner after degreasing helps to control it.

      It won't 'cure' it, but it does help.

       

       

      Barb

    • October 19, 2013 7:20 PM CDT
    • I have some dogs (usually white ones) that have a thick "film" on their coats that can make them impossible to get clean or even clip properly. What I've found works for me is to bath once in reg shampoo (not really looking to get them clean at this point just get water to penetrate the film). I brush the shampoo thru the coat and then pour diluted Results rinse over it. Rinse then bathe with a degreasing shampoo, rinse again and then I cheat and use a moiturizing conditioner. I know some breeds aren't supposed to be conditioned but I really think that gunky paste wax crud is caused by mild skin irritation and the dog's skin trying to form a weatherproof barrier to protect itself. Dry the skin out too much trying to get that oil cleaned out of the coat and the skin gets irritated and produces more oil and it becomes a cycle. Terrier/poodle/bichon people don't have heart failure but I do my final conditioning with very diluted ReFurbish. I find it seems to sooth the skin and doesn't really soften the coat that much. Most importantly, I find the dogs come in less greasy/waxy next time.

    • October 17, 2013 9:54 PM CDT
    • I agree, diet can make a huge difference. Unfortunately, I can't control what they feed their dog. I can make suggestions, but in the end, my job is to make the dog look as good as possible when he leaves my salon. From there, they are on their own.

       

      Barb

    • October 17, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
    • Thanks, Pat

    • October 17, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
    • Years ago, I groomed a Wire Fox Terrier that was extremely oily. I would load her with cornstarch before bathing her. I didn't just sprinkle it on, I used my fingers to work lots of it into the coat and onto the skin. I'd let her sit for a few minutes and then bath her. I can't remember what product I bathed her with...but, it was the cornstarch that made all the difference. Unfortunately, the owner wasn't interested in getting to the bottom of the cause of the excess greasiness. 

      I find cornstarch absorbs oily ear meds that get all over ear hair, also.

    • October 11, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
    • Thanks, k9blades, nice Border!  They don't feed raw, but do have her on a premium kibble. I will try this.  Pat

    • October 11, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
    • Thanks, k9blades, nice Border!  They don't feed raw, but do have her on a premium kibble. I will try this.  Pat

    • October 11, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
    • Thanks, k9blades, nice Border!  They don't feed raw, but do have her on a premium kibble. I will try this.  Pat

    • October 11, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
    • I bred Borders for years and it seemed like the girls would do this more then the boys.  I put all the dogs on a modified raw diet and it decreased the greasy coats a lot.  My girls were hand stripped, had good coats, no skin issues other then oily.  If your clipping her...cornstarch her coat and brush (depending on her skin problems the cornstarch is better then chalk), then wash her in a degreasing shampoo at least twice-don't use any conditioner, that will only soften the coat more and won't help with the oiliness.

    • October 10, 2013 4:10 PM CDT
    • Dito to catsmom! And I would asked if they have done any checking for thyroid function.

    • October 9, 2013 10:07 PM CDT
    • What do they feed the dog? We as groomers can powder, scrub and do whatever we can for a dog's coat but if it's garbage in, it's garbage out.

    • October 9, 2013 9:40 PM CDT
    • Corn starch will also work to absorb the oil, although I'm not sure if it would be better than chalk.  

    • October 9, 2013 4:59 PM CDT
    • Thanks so much for the great ideas, I definately will try them next time.  She does have some skin issues.  I should have conditioned, thought about it but didn't, so I will do that next time and I love the chalk idea, I bet that will work.  Pat

    • October 9, 2013 3:07 PM CDT
    • I have a Westie like that. He has many health issues and I'm sure that is part of it.

       

      Try some chalk or powder, brushed through the coat before the bath. It will help soak up the oil. Also be sure to condition the dog after shampooing. When you strip all the oils off the skin, it often goes into overdrive trying to replace them. On an already wonky system, it often leads to the dog being super oily to compensate.

       

      Barb

    • October 9, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
    • Hope someone on the board can give me some help with a Border Terrier I do about 1/2 the year (the owner travels between BC and Ontario).  She cannot be handstripped because of skin issues, we tried for over a year but we now have to clip her.  The problem is she has the oilest coat I have ever seen!  She looks ok until you start bathing her and then the coat is so oily, even my hand feel oily and the water beads up on them.  Today I bathed her with Tropiclean, a dirty dog shampoo and even Groomer's Goop and it still feel oily - although now my hands feel dry :(.  I know we have Border people on the Board (and I own a Border) any help would be appreciated as I have never encountered anything like this in the thirty years I have been grooming.  She is not dirty, its not anything added to the coat.  Thanks Pat