Dandruff and Shedding, oh my!


So the past couple of weeks we have noticed Makiko has started having a little dandruff. During Finals there was a good solid 5 or 6 days where unfortunately I didn’t brush her because I was just too drained but I won’t let that happen again because I think that caused it. It was there when we went to Colorado but after many days of brushing her daily again, we came back to Texas and noticed it was gone. We also got her bathed at PetSmart (that’s a whole different story) and haven’t seen the dandruff since. Hurray!

You know what we have seen though? Lots and lots of hair… EVERYWHERE! One of the many reasons they have us groom our dogs everyday is to prevent shedding because our dogs go in a lot of public places and we don’t want others to be bothered by their shedding. Well, I started to notice before we left for Colorado that instead of emptying out the Zoom Groom once or twice, we were emptying it out 5 or 6 times.. and the amount she shed everywhere was crazy. That is when I reached out to the GDBLounge, a Yahoo group that is for GDB Guide Dog Handlers and Puppy Raisers. They recommended the Furminator and it has worked wonders, for I think both the dandruff and the shedding. What it does is painlessly remove the undercoat so she doesn’t shed it so much and gets rid of a lot of the loose hairs. It’s a wonderful product. Then if I brush with the Zoom Groom and her regular brush after that, we reduce the amount of shedding by a ton. We think she is shedding her winter coat, and I’m ready for her to be done.. the amount of hair is just crazyness.

So she looks beautiful, isn’t scratching, and doesn’t shed nearly as much. All in all very good! 🙂

-Jess

This is a picture of a Furminator.
This is a picture of a Furminator.
This was what came from our first Furminator experience on ONE side of her body. It's about the size of a baseball.
This was what came from our first Furminator experience on ONE side of her body. It’s about the size of a baseball.
This picture is dark but it's another picture of what resulted from the Furminator.
This picture is dark but it’s another picture of what resulted from the Furminator.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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