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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Dry Flaky Skin

Ryder has dry, flaky, itchy skin...He always has...I need to find a solution for my poor guy....I have tried using the fish oil but i would have to stick them down his throat, tried hiding them in food, treats, doesn't matter he always ends up spitting the pill back out..I found some liquid stuff, but it is salmon oil...Is that the same thing? I need something liquid to put on his food..Any replies would be great.
Changing food is not an option, have tried that to get the better stuff and he actually quit eating.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 12:24 PM
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Re: Dry Flaky Skin

I'm not sure about the salmon oil, so I'm no help there.
The ones I get list anchovy, mackerel and sardine as ingredients. I just get the regular fish oil softgels (human ones - from Target.) I slice into them with a real sharp knife and squeeze the liquid onto their food.

It does seem to help with the dry flaky skin. Gunner just went through a bout of that and it seems to be getting better since I doubled his fish oil. He gets 2000mg per day now.

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Re: Dry Flaky Skin

Ava also has dry skin and I give her the liquid Lipiderm, which has helped but she absolutely HATES the smell of that stuff. So, every time I add it she turns her nose up at her food. I'm using a creme rinse on her that is full of the fatty acids ... I get it from the Vet. Don't remember the name of it but it smells like coconuts. I will check the name when I get home tonight and post it tomorrow.

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Re: Dry Flaky Skin

We smear peanut butter on Minnie's fish oil capsules and give them to her like a treat and she gulps them down like there's no tomorrow. If I put them in her food she'll spit them out.

What food do you feed now, and what did you try? There are many options for food out there, so maybe you just got him something he didn't like. I'd try to get the best food I could afford, because the food makes a huge difference.

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Re: Dry Flaky Skin

When Bailey had dry flaky skin my vet told me to lightly scramble one egg for her each day. We did this every night with her dinner (Innova food) and it did help. We used the egglands best eggs.

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Re: Dry Flaky Skin

that's a good idea about the peanut butter on the capsules. I'm going to try that once this liquid is out.

I too think the food makes a world of difference but I'm not able to change her diet too much either.

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again ... another good idea!

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Really goop the capsules up. Otherwise they just lick it off. Minnie gulps them right down, she doesn't even know that she's getting pills. I just tell her it's time for her "morning nummie" and she gets excited and starts dancing. I let her lick the peanut butter off my finger too, and that distracts her while the capsules are going down her throat. Thank God for peanut butter! She's normally REALLY picky, so I'm amazed that it works, but it does.

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Re: Dry Flaky Skin

i am going to find the rest of my fish oil and try the pb trick...

I dont' remember what food i had him on...

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Re: Dry Flaky Skin

okay i found my fish oil and i am giving him 2000mg per day, i just cut them open and spread the liquid on his food. His coat looks marverlous already and he isn't itching and scratching not even half as bad. I just can't believe it. Thanks for the wonderful advise everyone.

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