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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-07-2014, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Flakey skin?

My 4 year old boy had really bad itchy flakey skin.
2 months ago I switched him to a grainfree diet (TOTW), he gets 2 fish oil pills and 2 MSM/Glucosomine pills every night.
He gets brushed every night or at least every other day with a slicker brush.
The temperature has been in the 30-40's for a while,
I take him to the river atleast once a week and he goes swimming.

I've seen a HUGE improvement with his skin and coat, but the flakiness is still not completely gone, he still bites his back and when I brush him I still get flakes. It's just in that area.

I don't know what else I can do for him, he is flea treated every month. Should I bathe him more? I usually do it every 4 months. I just got Burts Bees hypoallergenic shampoo.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2014, 09:01 PM
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I wouldn't bathe him any more and would maybe brush less. That may be irritating and scratching his skin.

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Go to rite aid and buy vitamin e oil. Give it to them.in their food and water daily my girl hasn't had flake skin even with this.cold air drying out skin. Vitamin e is for skin hair and nails. Its a cheap safe fix 1 tbsp in every bowl water and every meal. Give it like a week or two and watch the change.
You can also put a small.amount in bathing solutions you use.

But because it needs to.be done daily. Its just easier yo treat food and water

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2014, 10:03 PM
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i would stop going to the river for awhile. i would bathe
my dog usuing a medicated shampoo. i would switch brands
of food. an allergy test may be in order.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2014, 10:35 PM
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Is he biting his back near where you apply the flea treatment?
IMHO, those are toxic chemicals and he could be sensitive to it causing these problems.

Despite manufacturers’ claims to the contrary, the ingredients of commonly used topical treatments can and do
enter the pets’ internal systems.Merial’s website states that fipronil (the active ingredient in Frontline, Parastar, EasySpot and
the new over the counter Sentry Fiproguard), is absorbed into the sebaceous glands of the skin which provide a natural reservoir, creating the impression that it does not migrate into the dog’s body. Dr. Dobozy of the EPA’s Pesticide Division took a look at fipronil and found that it does in fact enter the body and was contained in the fat, organs, urine and feces of dogs. Laboratory tests have shown that with long term exposure at low doses, fipronil has the potential for nervous system and thyroid toxicity, thyroid cancer, altered thyroid hormone levels, liver toxicity, kidney damage, convulsions, whining, barking, crying, loss of appetite, locomotor difficulty, reduced fertility, fetus mortality, smaller offspring, loss of hair at or beyond the point of application, moist inflammation, chemical burn and itching.
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Yea you gotta watch some flea treatments do more damage then good. You baby could be reacting to flea treatment.

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