Dry Skin?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Dry Skin?
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 9:58pm
I have not posted for a VERY long time but I have a question that maybe someone can help me with. I have a 7 year old blue and tan Doberman mix that has sensitive skin and stomach. Last year I switched his food to Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Senior Dry Food, which has been wonderful for his coat and has cut backyard cleanup in half from his Iams he was on. Last time I got the Nutro Max Senior Dry Food because I was short on money and it was on sale. Well that was a mistake because now he has dry flaky skin again. So I bought the supplement I used to use when I was feeding him Iams, which is 8in1 Nutricoat, and it is not working. Well to make a long story short, could someone please suggest something that won't upset his stomach. I would love any advice and trust me we will stick to his regular food after this bag is gone.

Thank You.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:07am
Hi, hon, and welcome back!!! (I'm your late night host...) 8^)

I have no expertise with this, so I'm going to leave your question for one of our more intelligent members! *grin* As far as the dry skin, I use a product called Vet's Health Skin and Coat Emollient on my little doxie. It really helps the "dandruff" she's prone to. I also bathe her with an oatmeal shampoo, which is also good for dry, itchy skin.

I'm sorry that I can't be of more help to you! Please don't be a stranger, okay? Just stop by when you can and let us know how things are going.

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Registered: 08-31-2000
In reply to: chasad54
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 4:25am
Having a similar problem here too. I've heard that flax seed oil works good but a vet tech friend of mine recommended canola oil. I would call your vet and ask him/her over the phone what they recommend. Let us know how you make out.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:40am
Flax seed oil or fish oil added to his food would help his skin, but I don't know how it would affect his tummy. Canola oil will work on mild cases, but does not have the concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids the flax seed and fish oils have.

Your vet may be able to tell you if any of those oils would upset his tummy.

Beth

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Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:29am
Welcome back to the Board...we're so glad to see you!!! Unfortunately, I also have no experience this this type of problem...but you might want to visit over on Dr. Shawn's Board - Natural Care for Pets:

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ptnaturalcat

I'm sure that you will receive some great info from the members over there.

Good luck and "please" let us know what you find out.

Hugs,

Laura

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Registered: 11-01-1999
In reply to: chasad54
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:32pm
Instead of spending money on supplements, etc., why don't you just buy a bag of his regular food and donate the remains of the Max bag that doesn't suit to your local shelter.

Gaye

p.s. I feed only Natural Choice to my Pugs.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 12:17pm
Hi chasad54, welcome! LONG message -- here's my story, LOL! :-)

I agree with "glebou" (Gaye) -- you should just switch back automatically to your doggie's original food. Last year, my parents and I were temporarily keeping my aunt and uncle's Rottie Thunder (as a favor since the weather didn't permit Thunder to fly back overseas with them at the time). Thunder regularly ate Pedigree, whereas our dog, Prince, had regularly eaten Gravy Train for many years.

WELLLLL, for some crazy reason, in an attempt to save money and not have to wag 2 big ol' bags of dog food home from the store, they had the nerve to switch PRINCE'S food to Pedigree :-Þ I was like, "why would they switch his food all of a sudden after ALL these years?!" (Prince was 14 years-old at the time; he's almost 15 now. We've had him ever since he was only about 3 months old. Thunder was/is 3 years old).

WELLLLL...(LOL!), I started to notice that maybe a month or so after he started eating the Pedigree, he started biting furiously at one of his hind legs, on both the outside and the underside, and the fur was truning really red (he's an American Eskimo Dog -- his fur is all solid white, so as you could imagine, the redness REEEEALLY showed up -- you could see it from a mile away!!!). I long since suspected that the rash was due to an allergy from the Pedigree, but my parents didn't believe that and shrugged it off, because they thought it was just due to his age and stuff, but I knew better -- no dog just all of a sudden starts getting a really bad rash and and allergies and stuff after living 14+ years completely rash- and allergy-FREE, so I KNEW something had to be up with that.

Well, one day, my mother and I went to the store for a few hours and when we came back, I went downstairs to see how Prince was doing, and he looked at me all wide-eyed and sad, and wouldn't come to me to greet me like normal -- I KNEW something was wrong. Later on, I noticed he ws having major trouble walking and getting around, and I got really worried. About 5 days later, we were able to take him to the vet, who determined that he was only limping because the skin on his leg had become SO irritated and swollen by his biting, that it hurt him to walk.

I was relieved because I had thought it was his arthritis getting much worse (which he had been on medication for for quite some time, which was working so well that he could walk AND run AND jump again with no problem!!! :-) But the vet shaved the infected area (and BOY, was it ever infected! WHOO!!! LOL), which was all red and yellow and blotchy and stuff, so it could air out and dry out and heal, and treated it with a cortisone shot. He had to wear one of those funnel-shaped collars for a while (a few weeks) to keep him from biting at it, but eventually it healed and he was walking normally again :-)

A few months later, I finally convinced my parents to switch back to his Gravy Train. A few weeks after we switched back, he stopped biting at it completely, and the fur really started growing back (which it hadn't before -- it just grew a tiny bit and stayed really short :-Þ It looked funny, because American Eskimos have LONG fur). We didn't have to get him any supplements or anything, and he went back to normal, and now my parents really realized I was right, LOL :-D So, I would just switch back now without delay, especially since you KNOW that it's the food causing the problem. Good luck and let us know how it works out!

Sorry my message was so long, but when I'm talkin' about my "baby", I can talk all day, LOL!!! :-D Thanks for reading it all! :-)

*Hugs* -- MeMe & my doggie Prince :-)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:41pm
I work at a vet hospital and one of the main causes of diarrhea and upset stomach is when people change food often. Try to keep him on one brand of food. You might also try flax oil capsules for his dry skin. You can just put it on his food and you can buy them at any drug store and places like Petsmart. Also try a shampoo with oatmeal in it for his baths.
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Registered: 04-18-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Fri, 04-18-2003 - 1:51pm
Hello! I used to have the very same problem with my golden retriever, Maggie, and happily have found two things that worked for us. First, I switched her food to Science Diet Sensitive Skin food. As always when switching foods you should do it slowly ....mixing a little in at at time with her old food and making the switch gradual. Second, I also started giving her good old Cod Liver Oil pills (2 at dinner). This was a tip I was given from frineds who had two Labs with dry, flaky, itchy skin. She gobbles up both the food and the capsules and for the first time in 6 years her skin and coat have finally become soft, healthy, and beautiful to touch and see. Good luck with your pooch!
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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Sun, 04-20-2003 - 2:47pm
Blue Dobies are infamous for having skin problems! Take him to the vet and find out exactly what is wrong, and the vet may recommend a prescription diet for sensitive skin as well.

Randi

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: chasad54
Fri, 04-25-2003 - 7:00pm
Beth, have I yet to *WELCOME* you to the board? Good feedback, btw!

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