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  • Help with my dogs, please!

    I'm not sure how to remedy this and could use your help.

    I have two big dogs. The dry, cold weather seems to have made their skin very dry. They itch quite a bit, to the point I have noticed scratches and scabs on their backs.

    The dogs do not have fleas, and for a short term fix I take them to PetsMart and get them medicated baths, but I'm looking for something that will make them feel better all the time.

    Has anyone else had this problem with their pets? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to solve it?
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    Re: Help with my dogs, please!

    Sounds like they have dry skin. There is a name for it I can't think of. My mom's dog a Weimeramer has this problem. The vet has her give Blue fish oil capsules. They help rehydrate his skin. You can order them cheaper off pets meds, but in the short term you can get them @ a helath gfood store or vitamin store.
    Hope this helps.
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      Re: Help with my dogs, please!

      I give my doggie an oatmeal bath at home, just fill the tub up with several cartons of oatmeal, and she loves it and it helps her itchy skin.

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        Re: Help with my dogs, please!

        Originally posted by Alice's Wonderland View Post
        I give my doggie an oatmeal bath at home, just fill the tub up with several cartons of oatmeal, and she loves it and it helps her itchy skin.
        I would love to do that ... however I have one bathtub with a small drain and 200 pounds of furry dog. Every time I've tried to give them a bath I end up calling the plumber, which is why I end up taking them to PetsMart.
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          Re: Help with my dogs, please!

          My April (shih tzu) has exzema. The vet recommended what Morticia said. Fish oil. He also said Omega 3's. It helped my baby out. She would get spots the size of nickels all over her body that would irritate and then scab over. It was common the vet said that some dogs just have exzema.
          I didnt' think that could happen to animals. Weird. But, check with the vet, call in and see what he recommends. It may also be due to stress from the move. Hope all get better soon! :ghug:
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            Re: Help with my dogs, please!

            Thanks Bree!

            I never noticed it on either of the boys before, so it's weird that suddenly they are both itchy.
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              Re: Help with my dogs, please!

              Another way to help with it is check their food. If the food has a corn base, like Science Diet, that could be making it worse. NutraMax lamb and rice is usually the best.

              But the Omega 3 for dogs should help.
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                Re: Help with my dogs, please!

                Do you have carpets at the new place? Sometimes they put down that powered carpet deoderizer and that makes my cats skin bad. Just talk with the vet about what could cause it and alternatives for controlling/healing their skin. Also, ask what over-the-counter stuff, so it's not too expensive. Oh, the vitamins will be a little pricey, but not ask much as prescriptions and they do help.

                we had April a year and a half before the exzema showed up. She still has some flare ups, but nothing like she used to. Oy.
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                  Re: Help with my dogs, please!

                  Originally posted by IndianaJenn View Post
                  I would love to do that ... however I have one bathtub with a small drain and 200 pounds of furry dog. Every time I've tried to give them a bath I end up calling the plumber, which is why I end up taking them to PetsMart.
                  I have an oatmeal shampoo that I use sometimes for my boys. I bathe them outside, because I don't need plumbing issues either. They're actually pretty good about it. The older one doesn't even need to be tied to anything, he just stands there and lets me scrub him.



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                    Re: Help with my dogs, please!

                    Those are all great ideas! Thank you!
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                    Originally posted by Mouse princess
                    Of course I am worried about your mental health. I want happiness for all. Like we can all be like the Smurfs. But without Gargomel. He was mean.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Help with my dogs, please!

                      How old are they? Where do you live? If your dogs are reaching middle age to senior (for big dogs that would be around 6 or 7), this can cause a sudden change in their skin balance and make a dog that previously had no skin problems suddenly have dry skin or other skin issues. This, combined with a dry climate (it's winter!) can really compound the issue.

                      Definitely check out using the nutro lamb & rice. Since you go to PetSmart, if you are ever there on the weekends look for the nutro rep. They give great demos on why their food is really good and it almost makes you wish you could eat it, too! They're usually only there on the weekends.

                      Don't be afraid when you take them in to be groomed at PetSmart to absolutely insist and double insist on the medicated shampoo being used at proper dilution and for the full length of time. If you don't see a $5.00 charge added on to your statement, double check before you leave them that they will take care of it.

                      The standard medicated shampoo that PetSmart salons use is awesome stuff! I've seen cases where neglected dogs were rescued and would come in severely matted. When all that fur is removed, you can imagine the horrible skin conditions it leaves in its wake. The medicated shampoo, when soaked for 5-10 mins did wonders to the point where you almost couldn't see the damage anymore.

                      Look into the Omega-3. Also look into a supplement called Missing Link. I use it for my cats. It's amazing stuff! It's all natural ingredients in powder form that you sprinkle on their food. It adds all sorts of vital nutrients that their body might not be absorbing from their usual food. This helps keep the skin in good condition, which in turn encourages the skin to HOLD onto hair follicles which reduces SHEDDING! If they're on the older side, there's a Missing Link Plus for seniors. You'll find it at PetSmart.

                      FYI, I no longer work for PetSmart grooming... which would explain why I am so suddenly vocal in advertising for them!
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