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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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hair, shedding, and dandruff

Ok, Milla has been molting for what seems like forever. As she is a machine, I have been out there several times, with blades, slickers, and hand stripping.

Today I went at her again. She has no collar or leash on and was not trying to get away, so I do thing think she was nervous, and I have no reason to believe I was hurting her, but today, she had some serious flakes of dandruff going on.

Is this a food thing?

I used the slicker to remove a dogs' worth of hair, and then decided to wash her with a medicated shampoo.

My dogs are generally groomed professionally twice a year and rarely need anything but basic brushing, nails, and ear cleaning, so it is not like I am constantly bathing them.

I guess my question is, does anyone else have a dog with flakes of dandruff, is it likely I am just being too aggressive with the brushes/blades, or is this likely a food/skin thing -- she is the only one doing this though.

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My GSD does have the same problem when I go at him with a slicker, but never any other time.

He's been on a lot of food for his allergies and gets oatmeal baths often, and does itch occasionally now, but has the dandruff regardless. I think it may just be an aggressive brushing thing tearing up their skin, even though he never seems bothered either and I don't do it that hard. He doesn't shed either, which could have something to do with it... :shrugs:

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Thanks. I must admit that I was going after the hair today. I just cannot seem to make a dent in it. If I see sheds tomorrow, I think I will just strangle her, LOL!

I will use a pin brush next and see if that is different. Today is the first time I saw all this dander, and I was using a slicker.

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Yeah, it seems to me that the slicker just tears on their skin a little bit- not enough to bother them, but enough to loosen up their skin and cause the dandruf. Frag looks worse after I brush him than before usually!

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Selzer are you giving oil supplements? My dogs had the heaviest undercoats ever this past winter, and are now finally free of the winter coat, no flaking however. I use undercoat rake and then a slicker followed by a bristle brush. Never give baths unless they get into something, though they love the hose and kiddiepool.
I have a feeling diet plays into the skin condition.
I would up the oils and see if there is a change.

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I would suspect the corn


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I have had issues with corn. Arwen would get redness between her toes and ear infections. I think corn plays a part in that, at least the crappier grades of corn. I haven't had any of those problems on the current food. There is always the possibility that the owner of the company is actually telling the truth and uses a higher grade of corn than what is generally seen in dog food. At least, I have noticed that.

But a little extra oil for Milla would probably be a good thing all in all. I think I have some fish oil pills somewhere.

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LisaT are fish oil pills higher in Omega 6 or Omega 3? I do not think, considering the previous conversation that I would want to up the 6 without the 3.

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On a more serious note....

Excessive shedding can be a sign of thyroid issues. Typically, it really is a food issue if it's truly excessive.

As onyx'girl mentioned, dandruff issue is typically a fatty acid issue. Indy has had that dandruff problem since she was pup. Her key was the right food, a multivitamin, and some flaxseed in her diet. Too little or too much flax will cause the dandruff issue for her. She can't tolerate fish oil, so I can't use 0-3's, which is what I would prefer for her. However, being a spayed female, the phytoestrogens in the flax is good for her.


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LisaT are fish oil pills higher in Omega 6 or Omega 3? I do not think, considering the previous conversation that I would want to up the 6 without the 3.
A lot of fish oil supplements actually are higher in 0-6, though it is animal 0-6 rather than plant based. A better fisher oil will at least have a majority of oil as 0-3. There are several around, I'll go look up the ones that I use....


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