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Old 02-11-2006, 07:03 AM
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My 5 year old yellow lab has always had dry skin in the winter, but this season seems worse than others.

Before I shell out $125 at the vet to have them tell me some simple solution, what do you use to help them? I believe I have heard cod liver oil works, but I am interested to hear what works.

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Old 02-11-2006, 07:56 AM
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linatone works great along with brewers yeast my 2 dogs love the stuff and have shiney coats all year round , what brand food are you feeding him that could cause it also, makes sure the food doesnt have have any corn gluten, or wheat gluten in it a good quality food will help you little buddy live a very healthy life
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Old 02-11-2006, 08:13 AM
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we feed our yellow lab iams dog food and never had a problem with dry skin.
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Old 02-11-2006, 09:23 AM
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Iams uses allot of Rice Flour, Ground Corn, Ground Grain Sorghum which really isnt good for your dog can cause allergies, dry skin,and lumps in some breeds.. Soild gold is a very good brand of food has all human grade ingrediants and I think is around the same price as most name brand dog foods I buy 40-50lb bags , I also buy chicken breasts at the local market when there $1.99lb and i cut them up and give it to my dogs raw which is the most healthy thing for them to eat, also baby carrots i give instead of dog biscuits
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Try a teaspoon of vegetable oil with each feeding. Chocolate Labs (like Bailey) are notorious for skin problems, her vet suggests a teaspoon of vegetable oil with each feeding beginning in Oct through April. It works for her........ Her food is Science Diet from the vet..........
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Old 02-11-2006, 09:35 AM
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http://www.iei.net/~ebreeden/kibble.html this link explains all the Ingredients that are in the popular brands of dog food, vegtiable oil is very good for them also I like to use the used oil from frying fish or chicken they LOVE it I also save the oil from the tuna cans and sardines, another good cheap food thats good for them is Jack mackeral i buy it when its on sale for $.89 another good thing for them
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our lab this winter also all of the sudden started shedding very badly. We put her on Natural Choice from Nutra from Pet Smart. It is the skin/coat formula. It took about 2 weeks for the shedding to settle. Best part is that it is a reasonably priced food and she loves it.

This was recommended by another lab owner friend of ours. Her dog kept getting those licking sores on her legs.
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:38 AM
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you have to get a product like linatone that has allot of fatty acid to get the dryness under control you can then maintain it with a good quality food high in fatty acids
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:11 AM
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We use the Nutra also - the doc also reccomended a teaspoon of veg oil. We have not had problems in years as a result
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:51 AM
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Try a teaspoon of vegetable oil with each feeding. Chocolate Labs (like Bailey) are notorious for skin problems, her vet suggests a teaspoon of vegetable oil with each feeding beginning in Oct through April. It works for her........ Her food is Science Diet from the vet..........
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Old 02-11-2006, 03:32 PM
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Try 1 or 2 fish oil pills each day, or a capful of olive oil over their food everyday.
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Wow, what great information!

I have always fed him Nutro Large breed which the breeder recommended, but I will look into some other brands mentioned here. As always, many thanks!!!!!
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:12 AM
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2nd the recommendations for adding a little oil to their dry food. Virtually all foods use a starch as part of the mix. Nothing really wrong with that, but the corn used in the cheaper foods often causes allergy/skin irritation though. Rice causes much less of this. A number of premium brands offer lamb and rice mixes - go past the title and check the ingredients to see what they are using as you'll often see distinctions in the details - you want to avoid all corn, and ideally see lamb meat, not 'lamb meal', and the ingredients are listed in descending order of proportion in the mix,.

I had a German Shepherd who had all kinds of skin problems before I switched to lamb and rice, and then never again any problem. There are also some so-called 'veterinary diets' for allergy/skin problems that I am sure would work well, although they are harder to find.

Have any pics of the pooch???

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Yankee-

Thanks for the info, I have learned a lot. I do have tons of pics, just not on this machine, I'll post up when I get my other computer up....
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Linatone and shed releif works great. I used to give Denver a little bacon grease mixed with her food as well.
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:32 PM
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Just started the Linatone and oil on his food about a week ago, and he has already come around, little to no itching and his shedding is under control too. I have also started giving him a product caled Wellness which is a powdered supplement that came highly recommended by a cowrker who works with dogs on a daily basis. I also got another endorsement on Soild Gold.

Once again, thanks!
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the solid gold is a great food for them its worth the extra $$
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Old 02-23-2006, 06:50 AM
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I know that everyone has mentioned using vegetable oil but my question is - can you use canola oil...? Don't mean to sound goofy, but since that's the type of oil I buy to cook with for US, instead of regular vegetable oil, then I was wondering if it would have the same effect on the dog?

Also, someone mentioned the fish oil (omega 3 fatty acids) - THAT sounds like a good idea. Any other information about doing that?

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