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Old 05-20-2011, 04:08 PM
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dry itchy skin

How does one treat a dog that is biting himself and scratching, we have looked for fleas and have found nothing, he's an inside dog really and doesn't go out and about with other dogs. When we scratch him you can see dry white flakes.
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:10 PM
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My Vet recommended increasing Ike's fish oil supplements by double to help with dry skin, he had a few flakes. It's been a particularly bad allergy season and Ike's been itchy so I give him benadryl, 2-25 mg caplets twice a day and bathe him with microtek shampoo once a week. There is also microtek spray that you can use between baths.
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My first thought is allergies and second thought would be thyroid imbalance.
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So you might be saying it may require a vet visit? Or can one try what the other poster said first?
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So these are people benadryls? Hes 45-50 pds
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I am having the same problem with my pup. I read it could be the food? Is that true?
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Yes, human benadryl. Ike weighs about 75 lbs. You can call your Vet and ask what the recommended dose for your dog's body weight would be. I had Ike's thyroid checked since he had the dry flaky skin, but he is well within the normal range.
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update we got him to the vet today, I guess he had a tick in each ear the vet put him on Defend and prednisone for 30 days. I have no idea how he got the ticks!! We were checking his whole body BUT not the ears!!!
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I'm glad you found the tic and hope that solves your problems. You def. need to watch the ears, especially during the spring and fall (allergy season) and should try to clean them frequently.

Mulligan has a similar coat issue. We recently adopted him and are hoping that having him on a premium food will help. Daily brushing and a few baths (first one because he was stinky, second with flea shampoo because we found those pesky buggers) have already helped to soften his coat and he's been home just short of two weeks. He still has doggy dandruff, but again, we're hoping that with the proper care (good food, baths, brushing, etc.) it will work itself out. We have a vet visit on Monday so we'll see what they say.
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Omega 3's are best. Fish oil is good for the skin and coat but other (plant) Omega 3's (ALA) can work better for the skin and coat. Flaxseed, avocado, soy, pumpkin, spinach, and oats to name a few. There are foods that have these ingredients. There is one with Nutro called ULTRA Large Breed Puppy if you want to check it out and read reviews. Nutro is one of the only foods (if not the only) that guarantees the health of the skin and coat.
http://www.ultraholistic.com/large-breed-puppy-food.html

It could certainly be from the food and could be an intolerance to a certain ingredient. One of mine can not touch lamb. It happens. Limited Ingredient diets can help you pinpoint. Let me know if you have questions.
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