I started grooming Hoshi at 12:30 am and finished at 6:00 am. I tried to save some drying time and trim some of his coat before the bath. It didn’t work that well because the static electricity mussing up his hair. His bath took a bit longer than usual while I removed a mat under his right eye (eye matter caught in his hair).
I think there was a flea in his coat while blow drying his coat. It didn’t move and most likely dead. Hoshi resisted having his arm pits and front legs shaved so I did my best. He’s clean and cute though.
Hoshi had a bath and trim. It’s cold out but I shaved him down since his coat was too long. He actually let me shave his legs and paws this time. He hates the electric clippers on his front legs for some reason. I figured out an easier way to do the bottom lip — He won’t hold still. I start from his chin and shave up to his bottom lip. That’s against the grain but it lets me get at his lip.
It was time for a bath. Hoshi was scratching and I wondered if he had fleas. I didn’t find any fleas. I trimmed his face, between his legs, paws, and butt. He’s resting right now. He hates having his paws and lips done. It’s difficult doing between his nose and eyes–there’s not much room. I left the length because it’s still cold out. I botched his tuft so I shaved it off–everyone admires his tuft.
Here’s a video of Hoshi having his breakfast this morning:
I ordered an Oster #7F blade from Amazon, but the product’s quality seemed mediocre. The upper blade was catching as I tried to slide it back and forth. The upper and lower blades were also misaligned; however, the blade worked when mounted on the clipper.
I also ordered A new dual-speed Oster A5. It came with a nicely polished #10 blade. I’m not sure why the #7F blade’s quality was so poor.
Hoshi’s unique short muzzle hides some deep lower lip folds. These are difficult to trim and keep clean. He’s prone for fungal infections because of it. I took him to the vet a few days ago and she said his condition wasn’t that serious. She said lip folds on some cocker spaniels are more problematic–recommending corrective surgery for some. Hoshi was sent home with Malaseb shampoo and Mupirocin ointment.
I’ve noticed the infection gets worse in between trims. Long hairs hide in those folds getting matted and dirty. I’ve decided to trim his lips more frequently (possibly every week). I’m also going to clean his lips periodically with baby wipes.