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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-03-2013, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Dry and flakey

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I have an 11 month old female GSD, I'm feeding her wellness puppy dry formula nothing else. She's on frontline and I just gave her a bathe about 2 weeks ago. Lately her coat has been really flakey, I brush it, comb it and it just gets worse. Also she hasn't been eating the food as much. It's like she only eat when she's really hungry. I don't get it because when I first switch to wellness she loved the food, i don't know of she's getting tired of it and wants a different flavour or what.


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I noticed the same thing with Wellness LBP, she absolutely loved it at first then after about 6 weeks started to only eat half of her meals and then her coat started to go dry and a dandruffy like dust started to come up that wouldn't go away.

I've recently switched food, and her coat is all smooth and glossy again. It might be something in the food not mixing well with our dogs?
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You can add coconut oil, omega fatty acids and even apple cider vinegar to help improve skin and coat condition.

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I second Apple Cyder Vinegar it has worked wonders on my two...

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Thanks guys... Question, about how much apple cider vin should I use ?


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Well I do the acv two ways the first is 2 teaspoons in a gallon of water for them to drink and the second way is a mix of 50% acv and 50% water in a spray bottle and mist them..

It also is great to drink and make you feel brand new lol my hubby drinks it everyday diluted in water and says he's never felt better

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switch foods. you may have to try several brands and flavors
before your dog likes a particular brand and flavor. i had
to switch 2 or 3 times before my dog settled on 1 brand.
now he eats anything (brand or flavor).
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Here is a simple mix that can help your dogs dry skin:
Listerine Recipe For Dry Skin
I know it sounds greasy, but it’s really not!

In a clean spray bottle add 1/3 cup of baby oil, 1/3 cup of original Listerine (the gold colored one) and 1/3 cup of water.

Shake the bottle to mix and spray lightly on pet and work into coat. Repeat during the week when you see that it has absorbed. Works well especially on dogs with dandruff and really dry skin. Rub it in. It is really good for dogs that get hot spots too. Always shake mixture before spraying pet.

You may want to consider a new food. The following, IMHO, are higher quality kibbles:

Fromms 4 Star (Grain Free) Four-Star Gourmet Recipes for dogs - Fromm Family Foods Find a retailer: Fromm USA Retailers

Acana Regional's (Grain Free) ACANA PET FOODS | Acana Find a retailer: Store Locator | Acana

Nature's Variety Instinct (Grain Free) Nature's Variety: Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Diets for Dogs | Nature's Variety Find a retailer: Find A Store | Nature's Variety

This is a really nice grade of Salmon Oil.
Wholistic Wild Deep Sea Salmon Oil™
• Provides levels of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids
• Natural, pure oil is made only from wild, non-farmed salmon and stabilized with natural antioxidants
• Helps to maintain a healthy skin and coat and promote strong immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems
Free of All Pollutants & Heavy Metals!


Make sure to gradually wean them on to new kibble and/or oils so as not to cause gut upset, if you decide to change.

Hope this helps!
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Here is a simple mix that can help your dogs dry skin:
Listerine Recipe For Dry Skin
I know it sounds greasy, but it’s really not!

In a clean spray bottle add 1/3 cup of baby oil, 1/3 cup of original Listerine (the gold colored one) and 1/3 cup of water.

Shake the bottle to mix and spray lightly on pet and work into coat. Repeat during the week when you see that it has absorbed. Works well especially on dogs with dandruff and really dry skin. Rub it in. It is really good for dogs that get hot spots too. Always shake mixture before spraying pet.

You may want to consider a new food. The following, IMHO, are higher quality kibbles:

Fromms 4 Star (Grain Free) Four-Star Gourmet Recipes for dogs - Fromm Family Foods Find a retailer: Fromm USA Retailers

Acana Regional's (Grain Free) ACANA PET FOODS | Acana Find a retailer: Store Locator | Acana

Nature's Variety Instinct (Grain Free) Nature's Variety: Instinct Grain-Free Kibble Diets for Dogs | Nature's Variety Find a retailer: Find A Store | Nature's Variety

This is a really nice grade of Salmon Oil.
Wholistic Wild Deep Sea Salmon Oil™
• Provides levels of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids
• Natural, pure oil is made only from wild, non-farmed salmon and stabilized with natural antioxidants
• Helps to maintain a healthy skin and coat and promote strong immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems
Free of All Pollutants & Heavy Metals!


Make sure to gradually wean them on to new kibble and/or oils so as not to cause gut upset, if you decide to change.

Hope this helps!
Moms


I will definitely have to try this as well

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My GSD bitch has that black skin diseases (I can't remember the proper medical term) and all has to do with her thyroid. I manage this with Oroxine (thyroid meds) and Macrolone. When the seasons change I sometimes have to adjust the dosage and one of the symptoms of needing to change the dosage is a lot of scratching, licking and dry flakey skin. The flakey skin looks just like dandruff when I brush her.

Just something to keep in mind if she doesn't improve, otherwise I wonder if it is the shampoo you used or maybe you didn't rinse it all out. My 2 only get a bath with shampoo once a year, otherwise bathing them too often strips their natural oils from their coats.
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