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Old 10-08-2010, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a boxer with very dry skin. I've been told to give him fish oil since it is natural and that will help immensely. Can anyone give me some advice on this?
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What are you feeding him (kibbles,treats,everything)
How often do you bath that dog?
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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1) how often have you been bathing him?
2) what are you bathing him in?
3) what kind of food are you feeding him?
4) is it all over or in localized area?
5) how old is your boxer? has this been an issue, or is this a new occurrence?


There are many environmental variables that could be causing the dry skin... Generally, skin and coat health can be greatly impacted by the quality of diet, frequency of bathing and products used, and other outside variables such as allergies.
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i heard if you bathe your dog too much he will get dry skin...

also a vet once told me if from time to time you put a raw egg in his food it
helps his skin and coat to stay shiny. is this true?
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Fish oil is good, but stick with Omega 3... But the very best thing I've found to help with the coat and dry skin is coconut oil... It's excellent for the immune system as well. I cannot believe the difference in my two since giving them coconut oil. You find it at Vitamin Shoppe or can be ordered from Amazon... Here's an article about it:

http://www.northcoastpets.com/pdf_files/coconut_oil.pdf

I'm highlighting this portion. It's important: Important to start slooooow
Solid or liquid coconut oil can be added to food at any meal or given between meals. The optimum dose for dogs is
about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. These are general guidelines,
as some dogs need less and others more.


Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2): Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2): Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food
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Important to start slooooow
That IS important! I gave Rocky his this AM and tonight the had explosive poop! Oops! A bit too much!
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Dry skin can also be a symptom of low Thyroid. If you are feeding him a quality kibble, and still having issues, I would have his Thyroid checked.
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I use the Omega 3 fish oil, and I always get compliments on how pretty Angels coat and color is. I also do not bathe her every couple of months. If she is out playing and gets dusty we just rinse off with water.
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bullet had allergies, patch hair loss, and dry skin when he first came to live with us. All the the vet could do was give him steroid shots and suggest benadryl. We started using fish oil a few years ago per info i found on here and we have never since had an issue. In fact, we get constant compliments on his coat. We do use less than the recommended amount though, we found the full amount made his coat a bit too "oily' if that makes sense.....
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