Pom's coat was clipped and hasn't grown back.

 

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Pomeranian's Clipped Coat Hasn't Grown Back - What Can We Do?

Unfortunately, my pom's coat (on his back) was cut way too short by a local groomer and since this happened in November - it has not grown back.

Any suggestions on how to restore it? We have been trying omegas 3 and 6. 


  

Pomeranian’s are one of many breeds whose coats should never be clipped due to the risk of post clipping Alopecia (others include Huskys, Chows, and Shepherds).  These are double-coated breeds and have 2 types of hair in their coat.  First is the guard hair which comprises the topcoat and has a coarser structure than the undercoat.  The guard hair helps prevents injuries to the dog's skin, it forms a layer of insulation and determines the coat's appearance.  The undercoat (secondary hair) is soft and fluffy and provides further insulation.  Clipping into the secondary coat is not natural for this breed and this is when regrowth issues can occur, which could be what you are experiencing with your dog. 

If this is the case there is no guarantee that your Pomeranian coat will ever regain its natural state but there are some things you can do to help while you are waiting for the coat to grow back.  Regularly brush with a wide-toothed comb going through each part of your dog's body to remove tangles and prevent the build-up of mats.  Mat prevention is a key element in promoting hair growth, if you do encounter a tangle or mat spritz the hair with a 50/50 mix of water and dog suitable conditioner and gently tease out.   Allow the wet hair to dry naturally as during this regrowth phase hairdryers and blasters should not be used on the dog's coat.   Bathe every 3-5 weeks using lukewarm water and a high-quality shampoo and conditioner from brands such as Precious Pets London or Wildwash.  While bathing gently massage the skin and coat for 3-5 minutes to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and to remove any dry skin.  When finished rinse thoroughly to remove all shampoo and conditioner residue.  Gently pat the coat dry (do not rub) and allow to air dry in a warm space.   You may want to opt to have any long hair trimmed with scissors during the regrowth phase to help with the maintenance of the growing coat. 

Good fats in a diet do promote healthy skin and hair so feeding a high-quality diet will ensure your pet is getting the nutrients it needs to contribute to healthy hair growth.  It could takes months or even years of proper grooming and care for the coat to grow back to its natural state.  Some owners of dogs with this issue opt to keep the dog clipped ongoing rather than waiting for regrowth.  If you are concerned that the hair growth issues may be health rather than grooming related speak with your veterinarian who can run blood tests to rule out any underlying health issues.

Best wishes

Shirley Pope