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Offline Derek

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dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« on: May 01, 2010, 07:39:39 PM »
Hi All, I noticed today that my Trevor has a patch of dry flaky skin around his eye and it looks like he's pawing at it and the hair is thinning around this area. He also gets these little bumps just above his tail that end up becoming flaky and come off. He also has a spot on one of his legs that he has either nawed or lick clean to the skin about the size of a pencil eraser in diameter. I see some people using the V3 capsules. Anyone want to take a stab at a cause/remedy?
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Offline Debbie

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Re: dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 07:13:11 AM »
Our Scotty had skin problems the last couple of years of her life and we never did find out what is was. There are so many different kinds of skin problems with dogs. The first thing our Vet did was check her thyroid function, an easy thing to rule out via a blood test.

I also used to give her baths with a good Oatmeal shampoo, that is so good for skin problems of many kinds.

Good luck and let us know what you find out or if it gets better.
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Offline Annette

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Re: dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 10:31:37 AM »
Hello,

I won't take a stab at the cause because it could be many things, including allergies, hotspot on his leg, or something more serious.

My two had itchy, flaky skin and I started them on fish oil.  It helped tremendously, especially with the dandruff.

If it is close to his eye and he is scratching at it, you may want to get him a quick check-up at the vets and get their recommendation.  You don't want him to do damage to his eyeball.

Annette
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Offline Akvile

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Re: dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010, 11:39:02 AM »
Could be a number of things... allergy, infection, hotspot...

I would see your vet, then you can treat your dog properly and not waste time with him being uncomfortable. hope its nothing too serious! keep us posted :)
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Re: dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2010, 05:30:23 PM »
I would say see the vet- because that could be tons of different things. 

Offline Alaina

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Re: dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010, 06:26:36 PM »
I agree with everyone else, I would take him to the vet.
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Offline Angie S

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Re: dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 06:39:47 AM »


My two had itchy, flaky skin and I started them on fish oil.  It helped tremendously, especially with the dandruff.


Annette


Annette, how do you administer the fish oil? Is it something you put in their food? Or somethingyou get them to swallow?
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Offline Annette

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Re: dry flaky skin, losing hair, advice needed
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2010, 12:39:59 PM »
With my two little ones, I just squirt it on their food.  They'll eat anything.  I use the Seapet Fish Oil because they test it for  heavy metals, PCBs, furans, dioxin and other toxins.
http://www.nutra-9.com/seapetomega3fishoil200w/naturalvitamine32ozspecialorder.aspx

With my previous schnauzer, I used to buy Omega Mint Fish Oil Gel Caps because they didn't smell fishy at all.  I would cut a hole in it and suck the oil out with a syringe.  Then I had to syringe it into her mouth.  She wouldn't eat anything that had medicine in it.

If you want to just buy a gel cap and can get your pup to eat it (definitely the cheaper way), I'm sure it would be fine.  Just be sure to not get the fish oil on your clothes or your carpet, it stains pretty bad.

Annette
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