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Q: Dry skin?

September 27, 2008 | By Sarah H. | 22 answers | Expired: 2269 days ago

Sarah H.

My dog scratches a lot. We know its not fleas. So we think it may be dry skin. Does anybody know of something that can help with that? Keep in mind that I don't live around any good pet stores where we can buy dog shampoo or anything. But maybe is there something we would find around the house or at Walart or something?

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Susan A.
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Oct 09, 2008

You should be sure it is dry skin rather than allergy. One of our dogs had allergies and scratched a lot as a result. He was allergic to grass, but there are also food allergies. We avoid food products with wheat and stick to lamb and rice, or chicken and rice formulas. Also, be sure you don't bathe the dog too often as it can dry out skin.

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Sheltervt
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Oct 07, 2008

Dry, flaky, itchy skin is often the result of a food allergy. Try avoiding any foods with corn, wheat, soy, gluten, vegetable protein, or byproducts in the ingredients.

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Florence
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Oct 05, 2008

I live almost a 100 miles from the nearest pet supply stores. So why my dogs get dry skin, I just add a teaspoon of Olive Oil to their food.

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Gina
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Oct 05, 2008

Make sure not to use people shampoo! That definitely dries out their skin. And I've heard a rumor about washing dogs with some oatmeal mixture to moisturize their skin, but I've never tried it.

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Cheryl
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Oct 04, 2008

My vet recommended DermCaps. I've purchased them from Valley Vet Supply online in the past....pretty reasonable and they worked very well for my golden with itchy skin. A good quality shampoo I used was Hylyt - good for sensitive and itchy skin.

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Jamie M.
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Oct 03, 2008

When I first got my dog she had very dry flaky skin. The vet suggested a small amount of olive oil on her food. Not too much because the results could be "messy" if you know what I mean. I decided to go the dog food route and purchased a dry food specifically for skin health and this seemed to work really well. There are several brands out there that have Salmon in them that help with skin issues.

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Loishill
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Oct 02, 2008

Try what ever oil your dog doesn't turn his nose up to, added to his food.

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Kenneth B.
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Oct 01, 2008

I've used safflower oil. Just a little in their food. It worked good. I have heard that fish oil works well too.

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Mary Ann P.
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Sep 29, 2008

Dream Coat by Halo
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Wildbergamot
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Sep 29, 2008

In leu of changing your pets diet, I would try adding flaxseed oil, fish oil and/or omega 3 fatty acids to his diet. These capsules are rather large, but you can punture them (I cut the capsule with scissors), and drizzle the contents over the food. You'll notice the dogs coat looking good as well.

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