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    Confused Yorkie with greasy coat..........Kind of OT.

    My female has a greasy coat. Over the past couple years, on advice of a vet, I've changed her diet, which tends to work for a while, then bam, the oily/greasy coat comes back. I've tried many different top qaulity grooming products, only to get the same result. SOOOOOOOOOOOO, I'm asking all the doggie experts here, What do you think???
    I have changed vets in the last year, and I'm wondering if I should bring it up with them?? One of my suppliers, had mentioned the liver????
    Any advice, or similar experiences with you guys??? She is extremely healthy, no other concerns, but this has got to be coming from somewhere, and it's usually diet, or something else going on???

    Thanks so much in advance.............

    Vicki

    I should add, that at one time her coat was flawless, and people used to think she was a show dog, whom's coat got wrapped and what not.

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    I don't really have any suggestions that may help, but the couple of Yorkies I groom both have oily coats. I just thought that was the norm.
    "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
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    Default not the norm

    I groom alot of yorkies, and none of the others I groom have oily coats. My male's coat isn't greasy/oily AT ALL. Most "dog experts" will say it's diet...........but, my dogs eat VERY well, and I don't cheap out on their food AT ALL!!! So that's why I'm wondering if it's something else........

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    Post There are so many good shampoos

    and I have from experience use the medicated shampoos for greasy yorkies, from the vet's office, malaseb, the medacetic shampoo & Pooch Botanique f&t degreaser, pyoben by virbac this one exfoiliates naturally, these are my favorites for the greasy one's oh and just bought some primrose from Isle of Dogs for this type of icky skin, this is new to my sense's, it smells different but the outcome is squeaky clean.

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    Could she have a mild allergy that causes her skin to produce excess oil? As for the symptom, I used to use Les Poochs degreaser, but was on a mission to find a less expensive alternative. I discovered Bark 2 Basics Citrus shampoo. This stuff works better than LP, in my opinion. I groom a shih that had endless oil in her coat, this is the only thing that works, and it only takes one shampooing! She gets groomed every 6 weeks and over the last 4 grooms, she is hardly greasy anymore at all...I'm not claiming the shampoo caused that, it might just be coincidence. The first time I used the shampoo, I also did a sugar scrub to exfoliate her backline, as that is where the grease mostly was.

    I am all for avoiding medications and trying to keep a pet healthy through their food, but I also hate to see constant diet changes, I think that in itself can cause more problems in some cases.

    Have you consulted perhaps a holistic veterinarian?

    Good Luck!

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    Default Greasy Coats

    Hello,

    At our shop we have found that adding a little bit of Lemon Juice(Real Lemon) to the bath, or rinse water makes a huge difference. Also for the faces Blueberry Facials work well.

    Hope this helps
    Lydia

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    These are all scenarios I have experienced, with my clients working together with me and the vet I work for, and have helped those with greasy coats.

    1. Dog found to be diabetic, and it was cyclical so the side effects were not always apparent.

    2. Dog not spayed and hormonal changes can create excessive skin secretions (the case I was aware of was a female, and when she was fixed, the problem *dramatically* decreased)

    3. Skin dries out so excess oil secretion is normal byproduct. Overproductive glands are the body's way of trying to address dry skin. Using a baby or tearless shampoo is recommended in this case (or see #6)

    4. I've found that dogs have allergies (just like we do, can pop up seasonal or when certain trees, etc go into bloom) that can cause oil glands to act up. Food meant for allergies has been known to help.

    5. If the dog is young, sometimes they outgrow it as they get over 1.5 years.

    6. Contrary to what you might think, a bath that does well for degreasing is going to be harsh on the skin; the side effect will be overproductive glands and the greasiness will come back even faster... Just like if you wash your face with a detergent soap, then don't put on a moisturizer, your oil glands will overproduce due to the tightness of the skin... Degreasing is okay for washing, but don't be afraid to use a conditioner.. it goes against what you'd think since you'd think "greasy" and "conditioner" are one and the same, however, you have to remember that the conditioner is for the skin, too, and you help to close the pores of the hair shaft with a conditioner so you have less chance for grease to enter the porous shaft (as opposed to if just shampooed)

    Hope these help!

    Jessie.

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    Default Good advice Jessie

    In addition to Jessie's advice, check her thyroids. Also, how often are you bathing her? If it is not medical you are most likely a perfect example of 'over de-greasing.' I personally would use a good de-greaser, (dawn) do not set it, just super scrub and rinse--pay extra attention to ears--. Next a good nutrient rich shampoo like Ive San Bernard, which is also free of any un-natural perfumes, set for 5 mins. Follow with a 5 min conditioner soak. Apply very lightly on the head and ears and SUPER rinse. I would do this once a week for a month and see how it goes. Most likely the grease will be the same the first week, but should improve in the weeks to come. Even if you think you need to wash her, hold off until the week is up. Once she is back to normal it will all be worth it. I would expect full recovery within 8 weeks, if not, this is not your answer. ~Good Luck~

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    Jessie & Lex give you a great area to look at- I couldn't add much more to their advice. Good luck.
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    Default thanks for your input

    I don't use a heavy degreaser on her. I also don't switch diets up often. I ONLY changed her diet up that once because the vet advised me to do it. The vet did not feel it was her thyroid, although there has been no testing done. She might get bathed every couple weeks, and the greasy coat is gone but returns within a few days. This is why this is an issue, as it's not a problem removing the grease. She does have seasonal allergies,but NO dry skin and possibly that could be contributing to it. I do feed her a LID(limited ingredients diet), which is an allergy formula, and a raw diet. She is also spayed, and has been since she was under a year, so that's not it either. I think I may have to discuss this with my new vet...........I would like to be able to rule out any medical reasons for it.

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    Out of all my Yorkie customers maybe 1/3have a greasy coat.
    I have one fixed male and it looks like he was put in an oil bath..very greasy, always has been looked like this. He comes out of it when I finish with him but she has had him tested for everything and no hope yet.

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    Maybe you are not washing enough then, some yorkies are very greasy, I'm not sure if it's diet or what, but it is fairly common. Try out that bathing advice, it has never not worked for me.

    I did have a Shih-tzu client way back who this did not work on, so I told her I had a feeling something was wrong and actually told her to bring him to the vet (which I never do unless I get that gut feeling, very rarely). Sure enough a month later I saw her buying stuff at the pet store and asked how he was doing, she said she had him put to sleep because of some medical problem I cannot recall, liver maybe? but anyhoo, if those steps don't work I would go to a specialist for some answers.

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