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Dry Itchy Skin

Hello Everyone... This is my first post :-)
Our new pup (male, 4 months) has been having some issues with his coat. When we got him, he was shiny and dandruff free. We transitioned him off of Nutrience to Wellness Large Breed Puppy over a 2 week span (upgrade in my opinion) but we have noticed his coat has gotten progressively worse. He itches mid activity sometimes and has quite a bit of dandruff... any suggestions? I would prefer not to switch his food.
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You can try buying fish oil pills from your vet.

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Try Fish Oil and Olive oil on his food.
Also found this in Doberman Digest January/February 2011 issue you can make your self.
Use a 24 oz spray bottle.
Listerine 1"
CVS Shower & Bath Oil .5"
Any Human Hair Conditioner 2"
Add Distilled Water and fill to the top

Spray coat with water. Brush coat (use Kiwi Shoe Brush) to stimulate skin and remove flaky skin. Wipe with Microfiber cloth.
Spray coat and brush in.
Can be done daily and then weekly
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Maybe he is allergic to an ingredient in the new food.

If he was doing well on the Nutrience, why did you switch foods?

Have you bathed him recently, anything else new or different lately?

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I wanted a food that was high in protein, had lower calcium levels and was grain free... Wellness large breed puppy dog food has all this. I did lots of research before we got our pup and I guess it's just what I decided on... His coat is still shiny, and his stools are ideal. So i really don't want to switch his food.

I do bathe him about every 10 - 15 days. At our vet check up she said this may be the reason.... I wasn't going to give him a bath for awhile but he tumbled into a sticky mud puddle yesterday. Shouldn't a bath with a middle puppy shampoo help his coat though?


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The less you bath your pup/dog the better. Bathing removes the naural protective oils of a dogs coat and skin, it can result in dry flakey skin, no matter what kind of shampoo you use.

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I wanted a food that was high in protein, had lower calcium levels and was grain free... Wellness large breed puppy dog food has all this. I did lots of research before we got our pup and I guess it's just what I decided on... His coat is still shiny, and his stools are ideal. So i really don't want to switch his food.

I do bathe him about every 10 - 15 days. At our vet check up she said this may be the reason.... I wasn't going to give him a bath for awhile but he tumbled into a sticky mud puddle yesterday. Shouldn't a bath with a middle puppy shampoo help his coat though?
I don't think it has anything to do with the food. 10 to 15 days is too often to be bathing puppies or adult dogs. Especially those with short single coats like Dobes. I don't bath the Dobes often at all--but what I do is to take a damp terry cloth towel once a day and just wipe them down.

For situations where the puppy gets into something like the sticky mud try just washing him off with plain water. Shampoo is often not needed at all.

Also most people bath dogs in water that is much too warm. From a vet dermatologist who presented this in a seminar for vets--bathe in tepid water--if it feels warm to you it's too warm for the dog. Cold water is better than warm water.

There is more to it and you can find all of the instructions on the DPCA website under Breeder Education, I think it's entitled something like "How to bathe your dog".

I have had zero dandruff since I stopped bathing the dogs with wam water. The other thing to bear in mind is that if you are using a shampoo you should rinse for twice as long as it took you to lather the dog up with the shampoo--and then rinse one more time.
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I wanted a food that was high in protein, had lower calcium levels and was grain free... Wellness large breed puppy dog food has all this. I did lots of research before we got our pup and I guess it's just what I decided on... His coat is still shiny, and his stools are ideal. So i really don't want to switch his food.

I do bathe him about every 10 - 15 days. At our vet check up she said this may be the reason.... I wasn't going to give him a bath for awhile but he tumbled into a sticky mud puddle yesterday. Shouldn't a bath with a middle puppy shampoo help his coat though?
Though it may not seem like it, every 10-15 days is pretty excessive for bathing I would say.

It sounds like to me you don't have to do anything differently, except cut out the baths. Everytime you wash your dog, it takes off his natural oils, which dries out the skin, and that's why he gets he dandruff. I wouldn't start looking into supplements or anything else unless a vet recommends it, but also make sure you tell them about the baths.

If your dog gets dirty, or needs to be cleaned, you can just wipe him down or clean the area. But I bet if he's otherwise healthy, (only a vet can confirm this obviously, we can't tell you if he has a skin problem or not, just give advice) and you cut out the baths he will get alot better with the dandruff.
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Judge's coat is clearing up already... Baths are out unless absolutely necessary. Thanks for the responses.


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I bath my pinschers 2-3 times per year. If they get funky from playing in mud, grass, etc I use all natural baby wipes to clean up their coat.

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