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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-13-2009, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ryder has been having some dry skin issues bad to the point of flaking. I know he needs a bath, and that we are doing this weekend. I hope. He hates water. He eats purina dog chow. We might be looking at changing his food. But is there anything else i can do? I am going to use an oatmeal shampoo or my aveeno on him when he gets his bath...Any other suggestions?

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Re: really dry skin

fish oil supplements and vit e

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Re: really dry skin

Seconding suzyE, fish oil, peanut oil (has vitamin E in it), or flax oil can really help with the coat. (as well as the vitamin E) You may want to look into a higher quality food- some dogs can't handle the fillers that brands like purina use in their food. I've found that finding a food that does not have fillers like corn, wheat, by products, etc. has been essential to Riley's health!

Could be an allergy, as well- environmental or food allergy.

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Re: really dry skin

we started yesterday by putting peanut oil on his food, we put 1 teaspoon on it. Is that enough or too much

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I buy fish oil at CVS and give him 2 1200mg capsules twice a day and it got rid of his dry skin. Dozer had horrible dry skin and dandruff b/c we heat the house with a pellet stove which is very dry. I started taking them also...

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Re: really dry skin

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Originally Posted By: DozerI buy fish oil at CVS and give him 2 1200mg capsules twice a day and it got rid of his dry skin. .
I also buy fish oil from CVS and just throw two capsules in with her morning kibble.

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Did you ever see when CVS is have a sale, you can get 120 capsules for $9 and also get one FREE!!! With the CVS card though.

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Re: really dry skin

great guys...thanks.. I just bought a bag of purina one, lamb & rice. Large breed. I hope that will also make a differnce. I know it will take time.

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Re: really dry skin

What were you feeding before that you would switch to Purina? I do not think it will make a difference with his skin. In the first ingredients it lists by-products, corn gluten, corn and rice.

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we were feeding regular dog chow, but i thought this woudl be different.

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