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I have 3 American Pit Bull Terriers that have a white powder coming off their skin/coat when they rub up on me. (It's not the flaky stuff, just the powder stuff). I'm just wondering if anyone on here knows of anything extra I can add to their dog food or just give them in general to make it go away. Their skin doesn't seem to be dry at all. I use to feed them raw and it went away but it was a little pricey so I have decided to stick with the holistic dog food brands.

Also if anyone knows what will give their coats a nice gloss/shine (food wise), please let me know.


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Don't know about the powder.

Increased fat can help the coat shine, as well as brushing weekly or more. The old suggestion was a raw egg yolk or two in the food...
 

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Sounds like dandruff. All the pits that have come from the shelter or having poor nutrition have powder like that and it usually goes away with better food. Even if you are feeding a holistic food, maybe it isn't suiting your dogs? Some do better on an alternative protein like lamb instead of chicken, grain-free if possible.

Usually slowly adding a little bit of healthy fat to their food helps. A bit of olive oil or fish oil (start with about 1/2 teaspoon per day for 1-2 weeks and then you can go up to about 1 teaspoon per day; too much can cause diarrhea as can too much of any fat). Raw chicken livers (a few per week, I've fed one per day for a week with a new dog that was too thin), a whole raw egg (shell and all) 2-3 times per week, a little bit of cheese if they're okay with dairy products (some dogs can't handle it just like some humans can't)

Brush them with a soft brush but don't bathe too much. If they get dirty, either brush off the dirt or just wash with water only and use shampoo just on any specific yucky spots (like the roll-in-poop kind)
 

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What are you feeding them? Muggsy had that powder when I fed him grocery store food (purina, benefit, etc.) and it went away after I switched to wellness core, TOTW and Blue. Go to dogfoodadvisor.com and pick out a 4 or 5 star food to switch your dog to.
 
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