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Cody's Dry skin

Cody's family
February 17th, 2008, 10:36 AM
I have a one year old Sheltie. He is always scratching himself and seems to have very dry skin. I don't think it is an allergy because the scratching started in the winter. I am feeding him a good quality dog food. Could I add something to his food to help with the dry skin?

rainbow
February 17th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Try adding Salmon Oil capsules to his food. If the brand you buy doesn't have Vitamin E added to it then you will have to supplement with that a few days a week as well.

As an alternative, you can use coconut oil instead but make sure it says "premium extra virgin" on the label. You have to purchase it at a health food store.

crazydays
February 17th, 2008, 06:07 PM
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Luba
February 17th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Hi ya! And try feeding sardines a couple times a week along with a humidifier or pans of water by your heat register. Especially dry when you have a forced air furnace. EEK summer come soon pls.

TKW
February 18th, 2008, 06:37 PM
Our dog has had dry skin a while back, we switched to Selsun Blue Shampoo on an advice and worked. But he'd smell like sulphur for a week or so after.
I gave him a bath 2 weeks ago and realized the Selsun Blue bottle was empty after he's soaked. In a panic, I grapped my Head & Shoulder and used on him. He has no problem with that and there's no lingering sulphur smell. I did get a lecture afterward from my daughter, who works part-time for a vet, for using h & s on the dog. In her opinion, it's too strong for pets.

BMDLuver
February 18th, 2008, 06:42 PM
Hi ya! And try feeding sardines a couple times a week along with a humidifier or pans of water by your heat register. Especially dry when you have a forced air furnace. EEK summer come soon pls.
Was just about to suggest the sardines. Definitely much cheaper than the salmon caplets or coconut oil. Just remember to buy the ones packed in oil!

clm
February 18th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Sometimes dry skin can also be a sign of something more serious, ie a thyroid problem. If your dog has a weight problem but is not being overfed or is lethargic as well, I'd get a blood test done.
Otherwise the sardines and other suggestions by the members here should suffice.

Cindy