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Old 09-06-2006, 12:50 AM
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Question Flaky Skin

It's Tira...again. Nothing serious, just some itchy, flaky, (dry?), skin on her back end close to her butt *where she LOVES to be scratched*. Could our scratching/rubbing that area all the time have made it flaky? We recently changed the food but it's got better ingredients than the last product (corn isn't the first ingredient...beef/bone meal, corn, wheat, carrots, peas, beet pulp, beef, etc). It's still not "the best" but it's better than what they were eating.
Anyway, she just became flaky/dry this past week. They've been on the food for about 2 weeks (?) now and so far this is the only side effect I've seen. It's not all over, but just a small patch of skin that is flaking. What, if anything, can we do to help get her skin oily and non flaky again?
Gunner isn't flaking and God knows he's eating more than she does.

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Old 09-06-2006, 01:30 PM
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Could you add some fish oil capsules to the food. Or some sardiens or other fish? Could be the time of season as well or could be an adjustment to the new food.
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Old 09-06-2006, 03:16 PM
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Scout recently had this same condition. I think her dry skin was caused by swimming in my parent's pool (actually she doesn't swim, she kind of flails around). The dry skin was driving her crazy and she actually had scratched and made a small scab near her tail. I bought a shampoo with hydrocortisone in it and gave her a bath. This really helped. She is not scratching now and her skin seems to have more moisture.

It does say on the bottle of shampoo not to use it frequently or over large areas of the body, so just applied it to her lower back. It did cause her fur to kind of puff out in a funny way, but I suppose that is better than having an itchy butt!
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Old 09-06-2006, 03:47 PM
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I give my dogs two shots of salmon oil with their breakfast.
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:02 PM
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O.k. so basically some fish oil, or fish oil capsules and hydrocortisone shampoo. Cool, I'll try that. Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2006, 11:44 PM
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Definately add in some oil to her food, maybe a tea spoon and mix it around.

I also suggest a soothing oatmeal bath for her. It soothes the skin, we use that on flaky skinned dogs at the grooming salon and its crazy the results we end up with
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Old 09-07-2006, 12:27 AM
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Umm, silly question Riot, but do you use real oatmeal or oatmeal shampoo?
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Old 09-07-2006, 03:26 PM
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Oatmeal Shampoo

You can get it at pet stores. There is a "soothing Oatmeal" type that would do great. There is also a "dandruff" shampoo you can get for dogs as well!
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:03 AM
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okie dokie. Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:26 AM
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Definately add in some oil to her food, maybe a tea spoon and mix it around.

I also suggest a soothing oatmeal bath for her. It soothes the skin, we use that on flaky skinned dogs at the grooming salon and its crazy the results we end up with
^^ditto! That was going to be my suggestion.
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