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Old 02-06-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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I wonder how many members have the same problem as me; namely snowburrs in their dogs fur.

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And this is Jake saying - if you think I'm coming in because of a few snowburrs you are wrong.

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Yep had this problem with our guys all little burrs stuck all over thier paws and legs, I gave a little warm foot spa when they came in on a couple of occassions well ok a bowl of warm water just to help them thaw out as they seemed really irritated by them but on some occassions when they wernt so covered they sorted them out by sitting right near the radiator and licking thier paws

I have the vet beds from when Molly had her pups so Iv thrown a few down near radiators and when they thaw out they arent still sitting in wet beds so theyv come in handy

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The photos are great his face is a picture hes really trying to tell you something with that expression lol

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yes, Molly suffers terribly with it - to the extent that we can't take her out for long in the snow.

We got caught in heavy snow a while back and I had to carry her in the end because she built up such massive snowballs on her legs that she couldn't walk.

Simba doesn't appear to get them so badly, her coat is thicker and harsher than the soft, silky spaniel fur so maybe that's the issue?

Is Jake's coat very soft and silky?
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yes, Molly suffers terribly with it - to the extent that we can't take her out for long in the snow.

We got caught in heavy snow a while back and I had to carry her in the end because she built up such massive snowballs on her legs that she couldn't walk.

Simba doesn't appear to get them so badly, her coat is thicker and harsher than the soft, silky spaniel fur so maybe that's the issue?

Is Jake's coat very soft and silky?

Jake's fur is indeed soft and silk, especially under his neck, that is really like touching silk. His curly locks are soft and silky too. However, if his fur grows more than about 4" it can start to go like a corded poodle. Sometimes this gets on his nerves and he scratches the 'cords' which pull out. So I don't let his fur grow long now.

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Oh bless him, it's the silky fur that's the problem I think. Same as Molly - there's very little oil in it and it's silky soft and fluffy.

Simba's coat is oilier and has a harsh texture and doesn't 'snowburr' much at all.

My old springer had oilier fur too and he didn't suffer quite so much

I've been putting a detangler spray on the dogs to keep the snow sliding off as it has oils in it, might help jake too
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Oh bless him, it's the silky fur that's the problem I think. Same as Molly - there's very little oil in it and it's silky soft and fluffy.

Simba's coat is oilier and has a harsh texture and doesn't 'snowburr' much at all.

My old springer had oilier fur too and he didn't suffer quite so much

I've been putting a detangler spray on the dogs to keep the snow sliding off as it has oils in it, might help jake too
I'll try the detangler. I'm also surfing the net to try to find a doggy snowsuit. There are plenty in the US but I haven't been lucky enough to find one here. I'll have to get my sewing machine out and make something. The trouble is it will have to be waterproof material.

Hubby said I should put him in my Peter Storm walking trousers and top LOL.

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what about using some old tights on his legs like a bandage?

I've suggested that to my parents for Molly.

Trouble with Mol is that she's little and the snow burrs on her tummy too. She has a t-shirt that we bought as a joke in the summer and my mum's been putting it on her to keep her tummy covered.
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Aww poor Jake................nooooooooooooo I'm not coming in mummy !!!
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Oh I can feel for poor Jake. Sophia gets this all the time on her "pants" and on the fur on her rear end. Then she comes indoors and gnaws them off or drops ice balls everywhere in the house. It's why I got her that lycra snowsuit (the one that people say looks like pajamas). Actually though it's torn and I am now knitting her a snowsuit with "legs" that hoepfully will stand up better to the rough treatment that she gives her clothing!
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