Dandruf problem on Doberman female.

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Hello,

I have been dealing with a dandruff problem on my 1 1/2 year old Doberman Pinscher female. It started around eight months of age. She also looses hair periodically. I've tried several shampoos, including Head and Shoulders. My vet suggested mixing olive oil with the shampoo. It seems that she is ok for a couple days but before you know it, she is all dandruffy.

Could this be a genetic problem? I am tentatively planning to breed her in the future so I’m on the lookout for such problems. I’ve read on this website that hair lose can happen around the heat cycle, maybe this is the answer the hair lose concern.

Thanks for any help,

Nora

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I do not know of an external solution, but mixing olive oil in her food may help as well.  It will have the same effect as it would on you: shinier, healthier hair.  Hope this helps.

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Hi Nora,

Yes - dandruff can be caused from genetic predisposition. A few questions:

1. Does she have problems with puppy-acne, little bumps under the chin or other areas of the body?
2. What is her coat color?
3. How often are you bathing her?
4. How are you dealing with her heat cycles? ie using a dipper, keeping her away from playmates, limiting outside time, keeping her off the carpet.....
5. Do you know if her parents had dandruff problems?
6. Are her ears cropped - how are they doing?
7. How sever is the hair lose - can you see bare skin?

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Thanks for getting back with me Alpha!

1. Yes, she does have a little acne, mostly around her chin an don her legs.
2. She is a Red.
3. I've been bathing her probably once a week but I did twice this week because my vet had me us a special shampoo that is suposed to help with the skin and coat.
4. She has only had two heats so far. I only noticed a little discharge once after she was sleeping in the kitchen on the first one. The second made a lot more red discharge and happened about a month or so ago. It lasted about a week. During that time I kept her off the carpet but otherwise it was business as usual.
5. I met both of her parents. The breeder is a friend of a friend who live an hour and a half away. I met them a year before the liter was born and I don't remember any dandruf or coat problems. They where both black and beautiful just like my girl, minus the hair loss, acne, and dandruf.
6. No ear crop.
7. The hair loss is not bad. You can't realy see the skin. It's more of a general thining.

I just used the new shampoo today. It's in a white bottle with blue type. I think it's mainly for the acne. I should have read the instructions first ???

I just listend to the vet's instructions for leaving the soap on for 20 minutes but I didn't realize how strong it was until it turned my hands and forarms pink! Is this stuff safe? She was such a sweetheart though. We just sat for the 20 minutes with her in the tub listening to the radio.

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The problem may very well be to much bathing. The Doberman's skin naturally produces oils that protect it better than any shampoo. The shampoo you describe I have used before, it's a peroxide shampoo which is rather harsh. I turned pink after my first time using it as well....on the dog of course.

The first thing I would do is increase her hygiene. Both hair loss and acne can be caused by bacteria on the skin, often from the food. Take up the food bowl after feeding and keep her kennel and areas of the home clean.

I would also try to avoid bathing for at least a month and brush her at least once a day. You can keep using the peroxide shampoo each month.

Another thing we’ve had good results from is spraying the coat with a mild solution of Listerine. Just mix two part water with one part Listerine in a spray bottle and give her a good spray down every other day or so. This will help control bacteria in the coat.

The hair loss might just be a normal reaction to stress of the heat cycle or from the acne. Let us know how things go. The main thing I would do now is to avoid bathing.

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Hey! What color is your dobe? That could make a differance with genetics. Try something like Nova Pearls moisture spray from petsmart, or some vets carry humilac, which is really good also. I have some dilute dobes, and it really makes a differance putting all that moisture back in them.

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We are first time Doberman owners. Gibbs has a great personality. He is 6 months old and weights 65 pounds. We feed him Royal Canin puppy with supplement of salmon oil omega 3 fatty acid and  muti-vitamin supplement.  When we received him his ears were cropped and taped.  Once we removed the tape we discovered that he had a sore on his left ear.  We have taken him to the vets where he was treated with antibiotics and Tresaderm ointment.  This originally cleared up, however, he has redeveloped loss of fur around his ear and small spots on his face.  Has anyone experienced this???  We are looking for advise on how to permanently slove this issue.  In puppy class the trainer suggested hydrocortisone cream and a dog food without yeast.  Does anyone have any information?  Hopefully there is an Abby out there who can help us. 

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We are first time Doberman owners. Gibbs has a great personality. He is 6 months old and weights 65 pounds. We feed him Royal Canin puppy with supplement of salmon oil omega 3 fatty acid and  muti-vitamin supplement.  When we received him his ears were cropped and taped.  Once we removed the tape we discovered that he had a sore on his left ear.  We have taken him to the vets where he was treated with antibiotics and Tresaderm ointment.  This originally cleared up, however, he has redeveloped loss of fur around his ear and small spots on his face.  Has anyone experienced this???  We are looking for advise on how to permanently slove this issue.  In puppy class the trainer suggested hydrocortisone cream and a dog food without yeast.  Does anyone have any information?  Hopefully there is an Abby out there who can help us. 

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We're "workin' on it Boss"

You are wise to follow your vet's suggestions. We use an oatmeal based shampoo on the Diva to keep her coat thick and glossy. Fawns are prone to ACD, but so far we're okay in that department.

Have you met Ziva'sDad? Another NCIS fan!!

Welcome to the Forum and we're looking forward to seeing some pictures of your boy Gibbs.

What do you feed?  I think alot of coat problems can be solved with diet. Sometimes thyroid plays a roll.  Dandruff can also be caused by stress.

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Welcome to this great site, Special Agent Gibbs (Love the name, btw)  Your boy Gibbs sounds like quite a guy, weighing 65 lb @ 6 months old.  I wish I knew what to advise you about the hair loss, but that's a new one on me.  I'd say for now, just follow your vet's advice and possibly someone on this forum has had a similar experience and can help out.

(LOL @ the reference to 'an Abby' who can help)

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Rocky's dandruff has been cured by adding a teaspoon of olive oil 2-3 times a week to his food...it works fast too, we could see a difference in about a week.