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Itchy Dry Skin

My boy is 10 months old and lately he has had very dry skin, particularily around his neck (where is collar is). He has a cloth collar and I am going to purchase an antibacterial (non stinking) collar for when he goes swimming. So I think that may help but what I am wondering is for those of you who have experienced dry, sensitive skin in their pooch did a diet change help. Paxton eats Evo but I am considering raw food if it will help his skin.
Any advice or thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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I think daily fish oil does nice things for coats. For itchy under collar, how about fluffing through some Gold Bond powder?

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I don't know about food, but when Loki had dry skin and was always itching, I switched to an oatmeal shampoo and it helped. He doesn't scratch anymore, no more white flakes from the dry skin, and his coat looks good. After he goes swimming, I keep his collar off until he is dry so his neck doesn't get irritated. Hope Paxton's skin clears up!



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I probably wouldn't switch to a food for that especially since you are already feeding EVO. I would try some of the above suggestions first. It could easily be drying out from too much swimming. I would first try more oatmeal type baths as well as fish oil type things as previously mentioned.
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Thanks for the advice, I just did an oatmeal bath. But i didn't think of the fish oil - good suggestion.
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The fish oil has been amazing for the two foster dogs I have. Good food and fish oil and now their coats are like silk instead of straw.

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I'm another supporter of the fish oil. Tucker used to have dry, flaky skin, but we started giving him fish oil capsules twice a day with his meals and it has made a huge world of difference. You can use the kind for humans. We get ours at either Target or Wal-Mart. You can get huge bottles that will last for a long time.
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How do you guys feed the fish oil?? Put it over the food or a treat? Shadow wont eat a capsule. She spits it out.
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I just bought some salmon oil. It comes in a bottle and i just put two "pumps" onto his food everyday. I hope it helps as well as it has worked for everyone on here.
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Good deal. Let us know if you see any improvement.
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