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Unread 03-09-2009, 05:51 AM   #1
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Default Any ideas on how to deal with thin skin?

I am at my wits end, Honey has thin skin, and has quite regulary come back to me on walks with some cut or another, and yesterday was no different, Diesel doesn't have this problem, and has never really had a cut, he has thicker skin and a thicker coat to, and that protects him, but like I said Honey doesn't. Just yesterday she came back again, blood pooring out of her leg, as she had followed Diesel and got cut by a bramble bush, the only things I can think of is keeping her on the lead, which she would hate, or wrapping her in bandages, which I don't think that she would like that either lol.

Anyway, if anyone has any ideas, I will be grateful for them
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If she is OK otherwise Charlie (e.g. her platelet level is fine), all I can suggest if it is a real problem is getting her one of those all in one suits. I don't know if that is the answer though. You have to balance with quality of life. Does she show any distress at the cuts. Cuts do look much worse than they actually are once blood starts coming.

http://www.barkingmadclothing.co.uk/all-in-ones2.html
This is the kind of suit I was thinking of. The trouble is that it would probably be too hot in the summer!

When you were a kid (which our dogs essentially are) would you have rather had a few bumps, bruises and cuts and enjoyed our life, or had to keep out of the places you enjoyed most?

I hope Honey is Ok otherwise though. Let us know what you decide.

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Thanks Carole, she is fine otherwise, apart from once I start cleaning her up she looks at me like, not this again, honest I'm fine, and will start to sulk, its just so annoying for both of us.

She use to have a problem with her blood where it wouldn't form properly, even the vet was stumped at it, as she would rip her skin, but no blood would come, thats sorted itself out now, but now she seems to bleed more then a normal dog would .

When she does get cuts though she doesn't seem to notice at all, and will carry on to run with the cuts there (no matter how much blood is there), which makes me worry about infections, which is why against Honey's wish I use cooled boiled water with salt in to wash them out. But I don't even know when she gets the cuts as she doesn't yelp. And bearing in mind that she runs through everything, and has started to roll in poo more I worry a lot more then she does lol.
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i dont know what to say.dont you think you shoul talk whit your vet???i dont think is a good idea to keep her in a lid.

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Your backkkkk Chaz. It was not me that wrote you anything honey. I meant to write you, but not on that much, going to get my new puppies, they are on my thread, take a look,.

Not much you can do with dogs with less hair, the coat is what covers the skin. I would think most dogs with little coat would scratch easily I know long coats they do not work in K-9 only if they are thick long ones that have under coats. That is what protects a dog is undercoat and good coat of hair.

Probably why they work Shepherds alot as most have a double under coat. Ugggg????
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Well Diesel has Shepard in him, thats why I think that his coat is better then Honeys, you can see and feel that his coat is thicker and better. Poor Honey though goes in less places then Diesel but gets more injuries, I was thinking the other day that I have never had to do anything to clean Diesel up, touch wood it stays that way.

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I don't know what else to suggest, I think that a t-shirt/coat of some sort is the only option like Carole said.

I've always had really hairy dogs so haven't had this problem before, they rarely get cuts even though spaniels, like Molly and Tizzy before her, LOVE charging through brambles and undergrowth. I guess that does tell you that their fur and ears protect them. A thin t-shirt might not be too hot for her if she gets used to it, after all hairier dogs cope with the heat.
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I'll have to go looking for a lovely t-shirt for her, something that will make people laugh lol. But thanks for the advice everyone I appreiete it.
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https://www.mobilishealthcare.com/pp...and%20Cleaning

Make sure you dilute it will. I always have some on hand for Jake's cuts.

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Thanks Carole for the link, I'll get some when I can
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