Surf and Scurf

Maggie is throwing her coat, as is natural when the colder months come and the fine Summer fur is discarded and replaced by the thicker warmer coat ready for Winter.
Despite our efforts, we are definitely not a fur free zone (impossible anyway with any pet), and even by brushing her every day, there seems to be enough fur to make another dog, and still she sheds more.

The good news is that she doesn’t have any bald patches, scabs, or inflammation anywhere.
The bad news is that she does have some scurf, though more good news, at least she isn’t scratching all the time.

As a kid, Mum would always tell me to make sure I rinsed all the shampoo out of my hair otherwise I’d end up scurfy. Therefore we would always have ‘squeaky clean’ hair and no flaky after effects.
So whenever Maggie is given a shower, we’ve always used a proper doggie shampoo and been careful to rinse her thoroughly to get all the soap out. She’s then dried with the hairdryer.
She has never had a shower on a regular basis anyway, her coat has always been glossy, and the only dull periods are after a shower for a couple of days or if she’s been poorly.
Her diet is OK as we give her an all-in-one dried food by a known manufacturer, fresh water is always available, and this week I have reverted back to giving her a scrambled egg for breakfast as they have always agreed with her and helped to keep her healthy.
Along with milk, eggs contain the highest biological value (or gold standard) for protein. One egg has only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids (source).

I did a bit of research on dog scurf on the internet this morning, and a lot of what I read is what I already knew, had previously acted upon, or just plain common sense.
There are a lot of sites available giving a lot of information, causes and treatments.
Let me say that if I thought there was anything seriously wrong, we would not hesitate and she would be taken to the vet immediately.

The small picture was taken two properties ago in 2006, the one above in the Cottage in 2009, and the one below on the bank in Stratford Upon Avon at the beginning of August this year.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Surf and Scurf

  1. Himali Shah says:

    Maggie is really so cute !

  2. I put a cover over my brand new couch so that Cody can climb up whenever she wishes. I’ve only had that couch a couple of weeks and when I took that cover off recently, there was dog fur under the cover and on the couch! Not a lot of fur, but there shouldn’t be any. All I can think is that my husband might have taken the cover off at some point and then put it on upside down, because I’m pretty sure Cody couldn’t put the cover back up if she managed to pull it off.

    • We have the same problem on the benches. We’ve put covers on the seats, but the fur still gets behind and under them. Never mind. Hubby has promised me a vacuum cleaner (with attachments!!).

  3. Molly is throwing coat, like crazy – I didn’t realize it was normal and in preparation for winter coat. Makes sense. We have a shop vac on wheels which I roll around the house – it’s the only thing that doesn’t choke on all the hair. (The cat snarls it couldn’t possibly be hers…like we’d believe her about anything…)

    • My GSD used to throw her coat in great big chunks. She’d have tufts sticking out of her rump, so brushing her was actually quite easy! Maggie never shed her coat until we moved to Lincolnshire. We reckon it was because the south was always warm and wet with just the occasion really cold day in Winter! She’d never seen snow until April 2008 when we woke up to 3 feet of it on Easter Sunday!

      • Molly no doubt dreams of 3 feet of snow. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to let her experience a short bit of that on a trip someday. She’s getting a bit more energy now that temps are below 70 at night and in upper 80’s during the day. Meanwhile, we can’t seem to brush enough.

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