Comments on Flaky, Oily, or Dry Skin in Dogs

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courtney   balto, MD

3/27/2009 6:52:04 AM

This is very helpful, thanks

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Cindy B.   Milwaukee, WI

3/25/2009 9:14:01 AM

I have a two year old bulldog mix that has patches of thinning fur on his sides. Our vet said it is thyroid related and put him a meds for treatment. Since he has been on the meds, the patches seem to be bigger. Bully's dander has been very active, it almost looks like dandruff. He's been bathed in medicated shampoo. We are at totally lost as to what is going on. Can anyone help us?

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mandee   granite, WA

3/19/2009 3:33:55 PM

i was having the same issue as you. i to have a shih tzu. after putting fish oil and vit.E on her food her hair is now soft, and non flaky or itchy.

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Nan   Gardners, PA

1/18/2009 1:06:05 PM

I have two Shih Tzus, and one of them (the male) started having very dry itchy skin as soon as winter started. He's 6 yrs. old and never had this problem before. My groomer advised me to give him fish oil caps and possible change food. I did both. I ordered the fish caps from my vet and switched their food to herring meal, potato and rice formula, and it worked wonders. I had been feeding them chicken meal with oatmeal & rice formula for 6 yrs. Both are made by Nutro.

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Mariah   Carson, CA

1/3/2009 7:00:48 PM

Thanks for this.

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Bibi   Eagle Rock, CA

12/26/2008 6:50:01 PM

Frenchies and pugs have these problems.

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Grace   Greencastle, PA

12/13/2008 7:13:50 AM

I couldn't find any help for my yellow Lab who is licking his paws till till it is red and bleeds. I have bathed him with special shampoo. I don;t use chemicals and nothing in his diet or environment has changed. he also licks his abdomen till he has a spot maceratd. No lumbs bumps or visible rashes are detectable to me. No behavior changes.help if you can he is miserable. My other dogs in the home do npt have any skin issues.

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Angela   Dundee, WI

10/17/2008 10:47:32 AM

Linda,
Maine,

Our 1 1/2 yr.old black lab and been very itchy and flakey for the last couple of months, too. Nothing has changed either with Ivan's diet or shampoos or bedding. Nothing gets sprayed on the floor when he's in the house - if I do spray there is plenty of time to dry and I don't do it that often anyway. I took him into the vet and was told our dog was very impacted and very "full". Our vet said that since this seemed to be a localized skin problem that once he relieved and emptied himself, this might help with the problem. The vet suggested Benadryl (or generic) and maybe that might help. So far no luck. Even tried presciption shampoo for sensitive skin from our vet. Now we're going to try elimination. I've been give the dog knuckle bones lately. Maybe I've been giving him too many. That's our first elimination. Otherwise our poor dog may be one who has a skin problem and we'll have to help him out as best as we
can.

I know I haven't answered any question, but you're not
alone.

P.S. Maine is awesome!!!

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Mike   Honolulu, HI

9/16/2008 6:32:11 PM

Thanks for this!

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Rick   San Diego, CA

9/8/2008 3:07:05 PM

Not much info on how to prevent dry skin here.

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Linda   Trenton, ME

9/8/2008 1:53:32 PM

Our dog has started scratching all hours of the day and night, dropping hair even after a complete grooming- she is a black lab- approx 8 years
old.
She has been on the same dog food for years, no changes to anything else except children leaving to go to college....empty
nest.
what can i do for her skin...seems dryer with flaking esp after I groomed her.

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Gina   Temple City, CA

9/4/2008 11:48:57 AM

Very informative!

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mary   ptld, ME

6/23/2008 3:14:42 AM

good article.

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