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Old 11-20-2008, 11:03 AM   #226
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I'll have to load the picture of what happened to the last stuffy we had left, lol.

This is not Nikon but this is how he is trained, if it's any indication
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i just noticed that gracie has dry skin/little flaky stuff in her fur (mainly on her back by her tail) Do you have any suggestions (introduce some kind of oil?) the weather here is cold too so maybe this is a factor. She has pretty coarse fur compared to most labs. Some kind of supplement? She is eating Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food.
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I would try diet/supplements first. Fish/fish oil/omega 3 is good for that. For my dogs I get them plain canned sardines (packed in water) at the grocery store. I think you could also get fish oil pills, not sure on the "dosage" though. The sardines are pretty big so I'd probably give a puppy half a fish a day.

Kenya had dandruff when she had a staph infection but that was not the only symptom (see the picture linked in my post for rebecca).

For foods in general I won't feed anything that contains corn, wheat, soy, or gluten, and no by-product any higher than 5th on the list. For GSD puppies we do not feed a puppy food. Generally for larger breeds it is unnecessary at best, but can be bad b/c these dogs need to grow slowly. Not sure about labs but GSDs definitely take 2 years to physically mature. Many top brands of kibble do not even make puppy formulas.
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thanks lies. I was thinking fish oil but wanted to ask ya. I will go out and get some here and see how it goes.
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Since she is so young I would not think this is allergies but looking at the ingredients list of the food it is very heavy on grain and chicken. Grains and poultry are both things many dogs are allergic to or become allergic to.

You can brush her often, that tends to stimulate the dog's skin and get the oils going. I would avoid bathing unless the dandruff requires a medicated bath. To much bathing can cause dandruff b/c it's irritating, moisture can encourage fungus or bacteria, and it removes the good natural oils.

Some puppies do have demodectic mange. I believe it is genetic and often shows up in puppies.

But, if it's just a little dandruff I'd chalk it up to her recent environmental change and maybe some dry skin It'll be more obvious on a dog with dark, short hair like Gracie.
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yeah, i don't think it's allergies but I will keep that in mind though. I am going to take another look at her puppy food ingredients and reevaluate, I may change it out since she has been on it for two weeks since we picked her up so I think I could go to another type of food gradually if need be.

I am going to go to the store tomorrow and get some fish oil to incorporate into her food and see how her coat does along with frequent/daily brushing.
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I'm not a fan of chiuauas, but he/she is adorable and what a beautiful color!!!
Thanks! He was my wedding present from my hubby. He's got a form of epilepsy but otherwise I think he's pretty darn perfect....easiest puppy I've ever raised.
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I've never seen one his color
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Thanks! He was my wedding present from my hubby. He's got a form of epilepsy but otherwise I think he's pretty darn perfect....easiest puppy I've ever raised.
My aunt had a Chihuahua once. He was a sweet (not really!) little guy. Very fussy about who he'd tolerate. We thought he was just an eccentric cranky old boy until he was at the vet having an X-ray for something, and the vet saw a slug in his rib cage! The poor little fella had been shot with an air rifle or some such by some fucko and was obviously wary of people.
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Gracie in the snow today piccies







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and what came down today for a brief period before melting off
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Gracie's got the sweetest little face
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Thanks. I think she does too.
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Visited my cousin today. They've got this adorable four month old boxer/Dogue de Bordeaux puppy, who's just insane. Already about as big as a kelpie! They've got a newish house, and it's basically just a mess because of the pup, so of course they're taking her to puppy school soon. She's awesome, I'll get a picture here if I can.
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