Debi Hilley, Author

  • Debi Hilley has written articles for the GroomTeam USA newsletter, NEPGP newsletter, the Groomer's Gazette and publishes her own website, Grooming Smarter. Some of the topics she covers include wet clipping, dematting, using snap-on combs and grooming the Cocker Spaniel. Debi has written a book on CD for dematting and another for Teddy Bear head styling. Currently she is writing another book for every day pet grooming styles for use in the salon.

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January 14, 2012


Lisa Snodgrass

Hi Debi,
What’s this with sugar? I have never heard of this. My boy Onyx has horrible skin issues. He is a 15 year old lab mix. I recently started shaving him and his hair has grown back super thick. Which is awesome, but then I tried a Milk bath on him a few weeks ago (instead of the standard oat meal I usually use) and he broke out in hives from head to toe, which turned into scabs and he is now scaly and all the work over the summer to get that coat thicker is gone. His coat is very thin now. His whole body looks like you’re before pic of your arm. Is there a certain mixture that I can use on him? Does it have to sit for a length of time? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Lisa from IA

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