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Ingrown hairs!!

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Last year Chase had a horrible skin issue during the cold seasons, and i thought i cleared it up. Well its that time of year again and im now seeing a pattern. Chase has worn a coat over the past week and he now has ingrown hairs in the areas the coat covers. Its not to the point of infection (last year was terrible), so i use a sterile needle to take the hair out.

Now, my question is, should he try and go coatless this winter? To me, thats borderline animal cruelty. In Canada temps can reach -40C and last year Chase was bundled up with three coats. I cant keep him inside, he will go insane, he needs at least 2 hours of outdoor exercise daily.

Has anyone experienced this? Is there a coat out there that can minimize this?

NOTE: He has been to the vets countless times last year for this, the vet suggested no coat.
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I do not know if this applies to you or not, but I have seen one instance of a Doberman with awful skin issues only on areas of her body covered by her coat that I suspect was due to an allergy to either a laundry product or to the fiber from which the coat was made. Forty below is pretty damn cold! I cannot imagine that no coat is any kind of answer. Perhaps you could try a different coat (I would suggest one with a smooth lining, as versed to anything knitted), or try laundering his coat in a hypoallergenic detergent, adding a big slug of white venegar to the rinse, and then rinsing an extra couple of times as well... no faberic softener, either.

I really don't know if this will help your issue or not... hopefully so! If not, I would probably choose ingrown hairs over frostbitten and miserable, myself.
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