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Question by Kitty
Submitted on 8/16/2003
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Thin, dull coat related to pregnancy?  We are looking to adopt a 2 year old female chocolate from a rescue. She recently had a litter of puppies and is thin, in addition to having an unhealthy coat. Shiny, darker brown fur is beginning to grow in.  Is this normal or could she have an underlying medical problem?

Answer by Katie
Submitted on 10/12/2003
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Kitty, :) this is not normal. Try feeding your dog more. Take it to the vet and see what happens. They have had dogs come to them with the same problems all the time. Some dogs died :'( and most of them survived. If your dog is REALLY thin, um.. Well then I don't know. But keep the puppies though :)))).


Answer by Jen
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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What kind of an answer is that Kitty. Obviously you really should say anything becuase you dont have a clue.
Your dogs fur could be thin becuase of mange/mites. Are there any patches missing anywhere? I would take her to the vet to get skin scrappings.


Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 2/11/2004
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She could have a medical problem but my guess is bad care. She needs alot of nourishment while she's nursing and in my experience they get thin during this time too. If she isn't healthy then that could account for the thin coat. Get her healthy and I'm guessing she should be fine,get a healthy coat and good figure.


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