Dogs » Crunchy Fur After Swimming in Salt Water Pool

wellville

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Age:3 years
Gender:Male
Breed:Border Collie
Neutered:Yes
Weight:56 lbs
Vaccination History:August 2017
Fed On:Wilderness by Blue
Kept:In the comfort of my home.

Crunchy Fur After Swimming in Salt Water Pool

Our pup has always been a swimmer. He's been in a chlorinated pool for most of his life. We changed to a salt water pool system, in February of 2018. He swam in the pool, with no issues at all. Then, we took him to my in-law's home. They have a salt water pool, too. When he finished swimming, his coat was crunchy. We brought him home, bathed him a couple of times, and he was fine. I checked his skin. There are no rashes, and he's not itching at all. Now, when he gets into our pool, he has this issue. He NEVER had it before my in-law's pool. Again, no rash. No itching. Just his crunchy fur. We bathe him with oatmeal and aloe shampoo, then condition him, as well. I brush him well, every other day. We have no idea why this is happening. Can anyone help? Thank you in advance for any information.

9/8/18

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Martina Stuart

Interesting! I have no idea at all why it should be!
I wonder what his general skin condition is. Clearly at 56 lbs he must be in reasonable bodily condition. I suggest that you go easy in the shamooo and concentrate on rinsing his goat out well after his swims. Dunk him a few times in like warm or in this warm weather an ambient temperature fresh water bath ( preferably outside)! and let him dry naturally.
Add a skin and coat supplement ( or a dollop of soft veggie spread) to his diet and cut down his carbs a bit.
I am fascinated to see if anyone else has any input and I look foreward to the updates.

9/8/18

wellville

Thank you, Martina. I've warm bathed him, as well. Still the same. It's so odd. We've tried to just rinse him, and not use any of the shampoo and conditioners, too. Nothing changes. He's easily brushed out after he's dried. It's only while in the water the fur gets this way. We wonder if he is allergic to a salt water pool. I have no idea. Even our Veterinarian is baffled.

I give him coconut oil on his food. Organic. We shall see.

14/8/18

Martina Stuart

Thank you for the update. i am relieved i am not the only vet that is baffled by this. The hair that is exposed to the salt water is effectively dead tissue. the lie part is contained withing the follicle so i doubt that there is an allergy involved. I am tempted to try swimming him in fresh water instead or after his salt water swims.
good luck! I await with interest any more information and ideas.

14/8/18

wellville

Thank you for your input to this situation. I am going to try some tests. Freshwater, from the bath, and then an actual chlorinated pool, and see if he responds in like to those types of water.

In every other way, he's perfectly healthy, fit, and is super active. He runs, jumps, teeth are great, and his coat, currently, is beautiful and soft. This is so perplexing.

14/8/18

Chicco

I think that's a good idea as it could very well be the salt in the water.

15/8/18

wellville

So, update here. I used the fresh water hose to rinse him off, due to some tummy issues (gone now). He had just a little diarrhea on his backside. So I used the hose to clean his backside. His fur immediately got Crunchy. I dried him off, checked his skin, nothing. Just the fur. SO WEIRD! I didn't use anything to smooth him out. Dried him and then brushed him out. Better now. This is so perplexing. No dermatologist can figure this out, either. Skin is in healthy condition. He eats well. I think I am going to try a raw food, with brown rice, and see if it's his food. Wilderness, Blue Buffalo Chicken is what he's been eating. Cookies are Blue Dog Organic. It's the only thing I can think of that might be an issue, although, he's never had an issue with this food before. Frustrating, for sure.

15/8/18

Martina Stuart

Any dietary modification will take a while to show any improvement however the old fashioned remedy for dull coat was a good dollop of soft margarine on well toasted brown bread every morning.
That said I suspect that the natural lanolin in his coat is being leeched out and the answer to that is less washing and less swiming especially in salt water.

15/8/18

wellville

Well, I think it may be all the shampooing and conditioning and sprays, building up on the outside of his fur. I am going to back off using any product, other than a water rinse after swimming. See what happens then. Or maybe I will rinse him before he gets into the pool. But I am leaving the shampoos and such, for now.

16/8/18

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