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Hi Everyone!
I just saved a male, six month old maltese from a puppy mill.
He is an adorable little guy, but his coat is an absolute mess!!!! It seems to be all broken off and full of mats! I worked for hours today trying to get all the mats out, but it is way beyond me. I am taking him to the groomers in a few days,
My question is this Should I just have the groomer shave him down and start over, or should I have her salvage what she can ???
Thank-you all!!!
 

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Depends on how bad it is.If it's really bad ,I'd shave it down,who knows what the condition of the skin might be under the matts.... This way he gets a whole new change to grow out healthy and strong fur...
Bless you for taking this speical boy in,he's one lucky dude!
 

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Thank you for saving the precious little boy! I would have the groomer shave it off and start over. He has already been through so much and this would be much easier for him.
 

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I think you are all right,,shave him down.
I wanted to take him to the groomers right away, but I thought a few days of rest, and a vet visit first, would be the best idea.
I will take pics of him soon, and all along,,so everyone can see the transformation!!!
 

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Congratulations! I agree with the others, shaving down is the least stressful and kindest groom now. You can inquire with your groomer about a shampoo he/she recommends for Swiffer's coat type and skin condition. I would recommend EarthBath Puppy Shampoo, it's all natural and gentle. Just remember, it's important when you bathe to rinse, rinse, and rinse well. :)
 

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Swiffer is such a cute name.
That is wonderful that you saved him!
I agree with the others advice,
that to shave him down and have a fresh start :) would be a good idea.
And it will grow back if you decide you want it longer.
 

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A tiny difference here--I'd recommend seeing if the groomer thinks she can save enough on the head to put in a topknot. I'm having a hard time with my rescue Butchie who, after 7 months, is still at the awkward stage of having the fur falling in his eyes, it's growing so slowly!

But if you think you wouldn't want a topknot style anyway, then nevermind! :) I'm sure he'll be cute no matter what style you choose. :)
 

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A tiny difference here--I'd recommend seeing if the groomer thinks she can save enough on the head to put in a topknot. I'm having a hard time with my rescue Butchie who, after 7 months, is still at the awkward stage of having the fur falling in his eyes, it's growing so slowly!

But if you think you wouldn't want a topknot style anyway, then nevermind! :) I'm sure he'll be cute no matter what style you choose. :)
Good point! Topknots take forever to grow and are a real pain while they are growing out.
 
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