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Is it typical for dobermans to get dry skin during colder weather? I've just noticed that within the last few days our dobie is starting to get some flakes and his skin feels much dryer. The temperature has started to drop here but I'm not sure if that would affect him. He eats taste of the wild right now and has been on it a few months. I've also noticed that he is shedding more than I'm used to seeing from him and biting his paws (something our lab mix used to do till switching to a better food).

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my pup eats taste of the wild to and his skin is dry to hmmmm. He loves it though.  He also bites his nails sometimes, to me it looks like he is grooming lol metro boy.  He doesn't do it excessively.  I do not know what to do about the coat.  I could switch food again but I wouldn't even know where to begin with all the selections.

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Which flavor of TOTW u feeding??....if it is not Pacific stream..(the fish flavored one...))....then try that one!!

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We have been feeding Nature Domain which is the Costco brand of Taste of the Wild. But we also add fish oil to his diet. No flakes but we are always battling pyroderma. He seems itchy and bumpy on his back. I've been assuming environmental allergies. So I wipe him down with a listerine mixture every night. he just finished another round of antibiotics for his skin. I don't want to go back to the vet but if this continues, I will if necessary.

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Right now he is on the wetlands formula. When he started on it i gave him wetlands, then pacific stream, then we're back to wetlands now. He loves the food and his coat was really looking good being on it.

 

I decided to get some spray at petco for itching to see how that works out for him. If he seems to get worse we will take him to the vet to make sure nothing serious is going on.

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Try virgin coconut oil in the food. Works like a charm- also bolsters the immune system and helps prevent yeast infections. I like alot better than salmon oil.

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how much coconut oil, and I feed him Bison TOTW.  His sister had the same problem and her mom has been giving her nutrasource and using mane and tail conditionor.  She is doing much better now.  Next pet store run two bags of food I will try switching over.  I'll try pacific where it is the same brand.  Bumps not to bad this week, just a few.

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I add a couple tablespoons coconut oil to each meal for Regan- but when just beginning, start with a teaspoon and work up. Most pups like the taste and may even lick it off a spoon for you. its good for people too!

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You know what I've used on Sofia? Skin-So-Soft by Avon ( no.. I'm not a rep) it does wonders for their coat and skin.. just mix three parts water and one part SSS and spritz it on ( or if the water bottle freaks them out, just spray a towel with it and give him a good rub down massaging into the skin.. ( he'll love the massage) and an extra added benefit, helps to keep mosquitos away as well.

First though, I would check with your vet re: allergies. That really does sounds like the culprit. Sometimes I do add a bit of EVOO to Sofia's dinner and she gets a scrambled egg..once a week and cottage cheese added once in a while..  but she's on some special copper inhibiting diet kibble by Royal Canin. So I try to keep her mainly on what was recommended at least til her liver enzymes get stabilized.

It can be frustrating trying to find the perfect diet, I know.. don't give up, just be careful when switching over to take it slow and transition over a couple of weeks..  Good luck and let us know

P.S. be sure and use stainless steel feeding dishes and water bowls..

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Thank you lady kate, we do use the stainless steel bowl, however I didn't realize there was a health benefit to it? What is EVOO?  I'm sorry your baby girl still having bad labs with her liver.  Hope she gets better soon.  Thanks for advice, need to find an Avon lady, my son actually likes the facial wash so maybe I will order some for christmas : ).

 

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This forum is FANTASTIC! Beck has been in our colder climate now for almost 3 weeks and before my eyes it seems he is drying out and scratches more than he used to. I'm going to look for some fish oil from the dog store and start giving that.

Someone today told me they used to rub down their dobe with a chamois and it would really shine their fur....hmmmm....

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Lady Kate, funny you mentioned Skin So Soft. My mom used that over 30 years ago when she raised Dobies. Now that we have Samson, she told me I should get some and I was wondering if Avon still sold it.

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The Boom is having issues with bumps.  We're going back to the vet today for a re-check of the spot he licked raw.  He was on antibiotics too.  But this week I noticed he's trying to lick other areas as well, and he's got bumps in those areas.  So I'm going to show the vet and see what he says.

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Boomer thinks he deserves an extra treat for his anguish.... (Beck told me that)

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Ha ha ha!  He thinks he deserves an extra treat just for being him.  (Which he does, but I can't let him know that or he'd really walk all over me. )

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Oh bumps bumps bumps!  Its driving me mad!  I don't know an Avon lady, but I have been looking into this lotion thats suppose to help.  I'll let you guys know.

EVOO stands for Extra Virgen Olive Oil.  I may try a scrambled egg.  See if that helps.

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Just looked on the Avon website and they still have it!  WAY cheaper than the stuff I was looking into. 

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Sure. Lilian, you can get SSS on line delivered to your door without the hassel of the Avon Lady. Last time I ordered it,, there was a 2x going on... Love it.. It sounds to me that Harley and Boomer are having an allergic reaction to something.. food? detergent? grass??  wish we could find the culprit easily.... but the topical treatment won't do much for allergies.. must come from the inside out..frustrating I'm sure; especially when it takes so long to transistion from one food to another and then you find out that didn't work either..

Denise.. chamois.. that's a new one for me.. thanks..

Sofia being a fawn has a thinnner coat than the radiant redheads or the stunning Brunettes.. shes' not as shiny and her fur tends to get a little dryer due to a thyroid condition. ( Yes.. Beck.. your girlfriend is a bit frail)

We tried the Omega 3 fish oil caps, but it totally disagreed with her.. tummy is senstive.. but what can you expect from a Diva..

Good luck guys, and let us know how you're doing..

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Beck says "Bite your tongue!.. Frail! If frail is what it takes to achieve perfection, then so be it!"
 

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Boomer should get a treat I entirely agree with Beck, dry skin is a drag... lol

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I can't help but feel it is dry skin.  He is getting flakes again, which is probably itchy.  Then he licks it, which then gives him the bumps?  Sounds about right?  We'll see if the egg cooked in EVOO and the SSS will help.  If not, off to the vet we go!

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Mrs VonD, what did the vet say?  And did you give him his well-deserved treat?

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Just went to the dog store in the next town and picked up some salmon skin; gave Beck a morsel and wow, the fish stinkies have begun. Otherwise, picked up some salmon oil....hope his tummy can do it...otherwise, might take Sofia's route of EVOO....


Did also pick up some moisturizer called K9 Kelp, all in one moisturizer containing LOVE, shea and aloe butter, pure BC kelp, jojoba oil, and pure BC beeswax. This really shined him up! Doesn't hurt that he finally got a brush and wow, did he have some hair to shed! Also picked up some nail clippers, some styptic powder (just in case...), a chewber toy, and some local homemade 'doggy crack' (dehydrated beef and garlic).

I'm being accused, by my own husband, of having a new dolly to play with But hey, who doesn't love a little pampering!

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Just wondering if Boom is licking his spots raw, are you treating them with anything? ... (making notes for future possibilities...)

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Boomer gets the bumps first, I think.  Sometimes he will start to lick or chew an area that looks perfectly fine, but upon closer examination, I feel a bump under the fur.  Now, of course, I had mental notes about where 2 of these bumps were so that I could show the vet, and of course
I could not find them again when we were at the appointment.  (It was a bad appointment b/c Boomer was very stressed out for some reason and behaving very badly.  But that's a story for another thread.)  So really I don't have too many answers still.  Kate, I do suspect it's allergies.  Or at least I think allergies is as likely as anything else.  We already feed a limited ingredient food b/c of the soft poop issue.  We might try TOTW.  As far as the topical treatments, we first tried over the counter stuff from the pet store.  Don't think that helped much.  Then we got antibiotic stuff from the vet.  Although really, what probably helped the most was keeping him from licking by having him wear the e-collar.  He's licked patches like this before, but never this bad, and he's always stopped before it got to look too awful.  With this patch, he just kept going and going, and it got really inflamed.

Now, we'll be boarding him from 12/3 through 12/12 b/c we're going on our honeymoon.  So I really hope he doesn't undo all the healing we've been able to acheive.  The woman who owns the place breeds dobermans, so maybe she can give some good advice.

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Sorry I know this is a bit late but do you know if puppies grow out of dry skin or not?

My puppy Rolo is 12 weeks old and the vet told me to give him evening primrose capsules which he has and it hasn't made any difference. The breeder said cod liver oil but haven't tried that yet. He has a scrambled egg for breakfast everyday and EVOO once a week and fish jerky treats (plus several others) he also is fed on Royal Canin.

Hope all your dogs are more comfortable.

 

 

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Harley has had dry skin since he was wee little thing.  He is 7 months now and still hasn't outgrown it....bummer.  I think with the colder weather it is much harder to keep them moisturized.  My hands tell the sames story!

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O dear that was wishful thinking on my part then! The thing is his coat is really really shiny just when you look close hes really flaky. He doesn't scratch or anything so at least thats something. Have you tried cod live oil?

Yes me to I am always moisturising!

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A teaspoon of olive oil over his food about 3 times a week solved the dry skin problem for Rocky when he was younger.  The better quality food i changed him to at about 1 year cured it completely. 

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We give him two capsules of fish oil daily... one in the morning and one in the evening.  We pierce the end with a pin and then squeeze it over his food.  I have developed this crazy skin routine for him.....

  1. We wipe him down with a 10% listerine mixture... 90% distilled water every night to get the allergens off his skin (storm's regime).
  2. Follow up with a moisturizing spray
  3. He gets a bath once a week to keep his folicules clean with conditioner.
  4. He then gets lotioned up
  5. I bought this salve that I put on any remaining bumps. 

So far, this seems to be working.  Does it seems a little obsessive?  Am I doing more harm than good?  I don't know.  But I feel like he has been on and off the antibiotics for his skin for months and I am exploring different options. 

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@ HarleyBear..... at this point he probably doesn't care if it works or not, he's just enjoying the process! His own at-home spa! Lucky dog! LOL!!!

 

...couldn't resist the pun

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Now its time for Mommy to go to the spa....

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jealous here!!!!

 

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@ Mrs. von Doberschnitzel: Happy Honeymoonin'!

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Thanks!  I'll also be spa'ing!  And The Boom will get a bath and a mani/pedi at the kennel.  And I don't know if Mr. von D realizes it, but our package includes spa time for him too!  I don't know if he'll partake.

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That sounds amazing when can we book in?

I think natural therapies are better than lots of medication in humans and animals. It's whatever works for you and if its working why stop?

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Kaiser's skin is much improve with TOTW salmon formula, thanks Nupe! : ) silky shiny

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Update on our little guy.


Found a little patch of missing hair on his chest that was slightly bumpy and brought him into the vet on Monday. They did a scrape test and found out it was demodicosis. They gave him some antiobiotic pills and some god awful smelling liquid i have to apply to the area once a day.

 

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hi there

 

i have a brand new doberman puppy and im feeding her taste of the wild samon from cotsco and i will be mixing it with 2 tee spoon of coconut oil or is it better that i feed her blue buffalo samon food does anyone could help me please with my advice ps. i love this blog is so awesome

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I totally agree on how useful and awesome this whole site is! After reading all these posts in several forums on dry skin and other skin issues I ordered today some virgin coconut oil. I know it's really good for skin and hair (used to use it myself) and hope that getting our pup on oil early on will keep his skin healthy. He is a little dry now after an emergency bath I had to give him last night thanks to our 7 year old that had all the good intentions that turned out not so good :). I soaked his coat with a luke warm camomile tea, not sure if it was a right thing to do, but in the evening I had nothing else on hands. It seemed to help, at least he stopped scratching himself, did another soaking with a cotton ball today and I think we good for now.

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we had the same prob. start using a food with oatmeal as at least the 5th ing. we were on blue buffalo lamb and oatmeal, works grrt but gets pricey with 2 dobies. so nkw we are on salmon and potato from tractor supply. ing are just as good as BB and we save 20$ per bag. and our pups are glimmering.