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    What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    My puppy has dry skin, and it looks like dandruff- very flaky.

    I use a soft slicker brush, and my puppy's fur always looks like this right after, or, before she shakes it all off:



    The sales associate at Petsmart told us to get some oatmeal shampoo, so we did, and it is not helping as well as we wish it did.

    Does anyone know anything else we could try?
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Have you considered trying some Fish Oil supplements? We get the kind you just squirt on their food, a certain amount per body weight, and they've had no trouble with dry skin since we started it. We use Alaska Naturals "Bear Treats" and put it on their food...they are definitely fans Anyway, I'd give that a try, and MINIMIZE baths...they only further dry skin out.

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Hmmmmm... *Observes* Try bathing less.Try putting some skin lotion on it,that always soothes dogs and makes it better.Wait--That sorta've looks like mites though...Then again it looks like dandruff...Though mites would be moving.Nevermind the mites,try some skin lotion on your dog,If that doesn't work,go to your vet and ask.By the way,Pet Smart is defiantly not smart.In Pet Smart,the pets come from Mills.Which means every time you buy a kitten/puppy,you support a Puppy/Kitten Mill.If we start to NOT buy pets from local Pet Shops,the population of Puppy/Kitten Mills will decrease because they will go out of buisness.Remember to adopt a pet from a Shelter,pets in Pet Shops are not put to sleep If they aren't adopted that week.

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    The fish oil supplements like yumega are good but expensive and my two much prefer to have the actual fish to eat lol. In our supermarket a little can of macerel costs about 60p so we always but a bundle every time we go shopping especially when our Papillon was pregnant. You do need to avoid fish that can be high in murcury though.

    Our first vet said never wash a dog more than twice a year it dries out their skin but frankly if I washed my hair but never conditioned it then my scalp would dry out too. Either try to find a good dog coat conditioner or you can also use a baby cream wash. We've used Johnsons baby cream wash and it's lovely for their skin.

    The fish oil in some form should definitely make a difference though too, you need to feed their skin from both sides I suppose oil from inside conditioners from the outside.

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Thank you! I'll try the fish oil supplements.

    Oh and we rescued Abbi (:
    we just took her to Petsmart with us for supplies. Although they weren't so helpful as I wished.
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    What do you feed Abbi? It could be an allergy that is causing her flaky skin. Is she itchy? Did you take her to the vet about this?
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    no vet yet- but we had to feed her chinese chicken and rice mixed with canned pumpkin until her stomach settled, so starting yesterday we are mixing it with some dog food to eventually only give her dog food.
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    What do you mean chinese chicken? If you are feeding chicken and rice for an upset tummy you should feed only plain chicken, no seasoning at all, either boiled or roasted, no bone. I could be the rice that is causing it. Maybe you can do boiled potatoes instead of rice. What kind of dog food are you switching to?
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    It's plain chicken pieces, we asked for the chicken/broccoli without the broccoli since everything else was with sauce, so:



    and for the dog food, we are switching to:

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    I would assume that the chicken is LOADED with chemicals (MSG) and seasoning. Why don't you buy chicken and boil it yourself? It is probably much cheaper to do it that way.
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Quote Originally Posted by d a p h n e View Post
    Thank you! I'll try the fish oil supplements.

    Oh and we rescued Abbi (:
    we just took her to Petsmart with us for supplies. Although they weren't so helpful as I wished.
    Yeah Petsmart is not exactly my fav. place to get pet supplies, we don't even have one where I live so thats not really a problem LOL.

    And, OMG...don't feed her that chinese chicken...OR the Nutro, its a really low quality food. Maybe visit http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com and pick a 5 or 6 star food. A few good brands are Fromm Family Four Star Nutritionals, EVO, Innova, The Honest Kitchen (great for my sensitive tummy puppy), etc. Between a good food and some fish oil, you will see huge progress in her skin I think.

    I've never put lotion on a dog, I don't see how that would work out well with their fur...

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Im suprised everyone said no for the chinese chicken LOL because our vet said its fine - maybe its time for a new vet?
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    I would consider finding a new vet if my vet was to suggest I feed salty food like that. The vet would have to give me an awful good reason for suggesting something like that in order to keep me as a client.

    I don't understand why you just don't buy chicken and boil or roast it yourself, it has to be cheaper. But, I guess it is not as easy? There is no way that much salt/seasoning/chemicals is good for a dog, let alone a growing puppy.
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    I would say get her on a high quality food and possibly some fish oil supplements. Then take it from there. I would avoid Nutro,personally. But definitely get her off that Chinese chicken! I'm shocked a vet suggested that to be honest.
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Yeah I threw away the chicken today, but i still had to mix her dog food with a little bit of canned pumpkin and rice.

    Would switching off of Nutro help her dry skin? Or is it just a bad food in general?
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Switching off of Nutro will very likely help her dry skin. Try putting her on Innova Puppy for a bit, even if she is no longer a puppy, the extra fat and protein will help get her in tip top shape in no time, just be sure to monitor her weight and adjust feeding accordingly. Petsmart/Petco will not sell this food...try a local, smaller owned pet store. Definitely fish oil, too...but make sure it is NATURAL and contains no preservatives.

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    If the dandruff doesn't clear up soon or gets worse, I would ask the vet to do a scraping and check for mites (especially "walking dandruff") just in case. My pup had them -- his breeder's vet misdiagnosed the flakes caused by the mites as dry skin, but my vet caught them. I didn't actually notice any movement on him with the naked eye, but I looked at the scraping under the vet's microscope and he definitely had creepy little mites! They've been cleared up for a while now (after several Revolution treatments) and his skin is perfect and his coat is so shiny.

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    Thank you to all answers! I am currently trying to find a better food, I've emailed a few local pet stores already.

    I got some fish oil from the Whole Foods market in my area and I hope its working. If not, I will deff. go to my vet and check for those mites.
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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    I would try a higher quality puppy food to start. Orijen puppy or Innova puppy. If you only have PetSmart- then I would try the Blue (buffalo) puppy food. Honest Kitchen Embark is a good choice for puppies as well.

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    Re: What can I do to help my puppy's dry skin?

    If you give fish oil that is made for humans you need to add vitamin E too. If it is made for dogs then I am sure they have the vitamin E added. I can't find the exact site anymore but I give my boys (who are about 60 lb each) 2000 mg of salmon oil and 200 IU vitamin E each a day.
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