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Post by Admin on Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:50 pm

i was wondering if anyone might have some constructive ideas about this dog.
She seems like a normally healthy dog. No smell,no itchy/scratchy,no ear problems ,no apparent skin issue etc however ,she sheds an EXTREME amount of skin.
I hope you can see in the pictures . All the white flakes on the table are skin,and look carefully you can see it all amongst the brushed out hair too.,and this is just what is left after washing a lot of skin down with the bath rinse,as well as blowing a whole lot more of with the HV ! No vet seems to have come up with a logical explantion,nor cure.
Excuse the grooming but it was strictly a bath /brush out today NO trimming . I did not do that face trim ,mum did ! they didnt want ANY hair off anywhere. this is the second time i have washed her and it was just the same with her skin last time.
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Post by Sinner on Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:09 pm

Guess dogs get dandruff too....!!!! Maybe try Selsun blue.....or a coal tar shampoo....What do the owners use to wash her in in between your grooms Maybe even wool mix might help ???? Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by Donna on Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:25 pm

Firstly...what is wrong with his mum's eyes she can't see he needs a trim lol (and whats with the face?!)
Secondly...Flaky skin prob not something i have some across so far so no suggestions

My friend has a similar prob with her aussie bitch and she uses Squirt shine on her coat
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Post by StarDreaming on Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:45 pm

Do they wash between visits to you ? if so WHAT are they using? something from the supermarket??? what are they feeding..... a little oil added to food MIGHT help... does this dog site right on top of the heater as this can cause skin to dry out... apart from that I just don't know Question Question Question Question Question

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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:59 pm

Firstly... Ewwwwww!!!!! Gross!

1) strict food testing (takes months to do. ie: a few weeks on this, few weeks on that)
2) malaseb/sebolyse family 1-2 times per week
3) sardines and omega 3 oils added wouldn't hurt either

My saluki had bad skin, scabby/flakey. Now well controlled on raw kangaroo mince and Advance Dry food (not a fan of Advance but it worked for him, other better premium foods did not). Also has malaseb bath weekly.

Basically if they are not prepared to do intense food trials, then they will have a maltese-lamington for life.

The Skin Clinic says that the largest proportion of skin problems are from diet.

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Post by Emmalovesbeth on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:06 pm

Molly-Wog had HORRIBLE skin when we got her flaked all over the house... We actually used Head and sholder in the end as nothing was clearing it and IT WORKED.. LOL.... I also told it is good for guinea pigs so this means there cannot be anything to BAD in it...

But other than that i have NO idea LOL..

OH and i think she is ADORABLE lol.... bethany is growing out and doesn't look much different LOL..
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Post by Admin on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:13 pm

yep,i hear what you're all saying ,and appreciate the input.
I,like all of us,have seen many a 'skin issue' dog in my 23 or so years behind a grooming table,but i have NEVER seen a dog with this funk ! there seems to be absolutely zilch wrong with her skin...no odour,no scabs,no pink or red or dark blotches,no itching....just what appears to be healthy skin. Obviously there is something going on though .
I should clarify ,They have spent $1,000's at the vet,not that it counts for much with some vets ! & have done a lot of the things suggested.
The skin flakes are really big,and dont sit in the coat like dandruff.It seems to sit on the dogs body like a sheet and peels out when rubbed and groomed scratch

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Post by petgroomaustralia on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:16 pm

It could be a genetic abnormality.
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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:21 pm

Vets are no good at stuff like this...needs a specialist.
I hope they haven't paid 1000's to a local vet coz it would be very unethical not to refer them to a specialist. If owner chooses not to see a specialist, then ok, but a local vet should be ashamed to continually take money for something they cannot treat successfully.
(One of my pet hates, as if it's not obvious, is vets who won't admit they can't help and their refusal to send to a specialist!!)

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Post by Admin on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:23 pm

qashmir wrote:Vets are no good at stuff like this...needs a specialist.
I hope they haven't paid 1000's to a local vet coz it would be very unethical not to refer them to a specialist. If owner chooses not to see a specialist, then ok, but a local vet should be ashamed to continually take money for something they cannot treat successfully.
(One of my pet hates, as if it's not obvious, is vets who won't admit they can't help and their refusal to send to a specialist!!)

I couldnt agree more Andie ....
sad thing is owners are often scared off by 'expensive' referals. Rolling Eyes They just dont get it,and back for some more of the same. Usually malaseb & cortisone Evil or Very Mad

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Re: Extreme flaky skin

Post by Jacqui on Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:01 pm

Most likely a diet thing.
Get them to add an egg a week to the food, whole egg, shell and all, crushed up and mixed in.

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Post by DoggyDoos on Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:28 pm

Maybe hypothyroidism???????
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