Marley (cockapoo) is almost 9 weeks old and has been home with us for about a week. I noticed some flaking on her when she got here, not really bad, but a little bit. I've been switching her over to Merrick and adding a little olive oil to help with the skin. I also added some Missing Link once, but it seemed to make her stools really loose, so I figured I'd back off on that until she adjusted to her new food. I hadn't noticed any more flaking, until today. She doesn't scratch a lot, so I don't think she's itchy, but there is definitely more flaking on her back, near her hindquarters. Should I just keep up with what I'm already doing? I know I can't expect miracles in a week, but I didn't expect it to get worse either. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
I have an 8 month old chocolate lab puppy who also had a lot of dandruff and itching when she was younger. She needed frequent baths until July. I too put olive oil in her food and saw that she had no improvement whatsoever. Someone here at TP advised me not to use olive oil--something to do with puppy and blowing their coat. When I saw no improvement, I decided to try a human softgel supplement of Flax, Fish, & Borage Oils 2-3 times a week. This supplement has Omegas 3, 6, & 9. It gave amazing results. Her fur has a glistening shine and is nice and soft. She no longer has dandruff nor does she shed a lot like before. She requires less baths also.
I bought a new product for my puppy yesterday called Grizzly Salmon Oil Dog Food Supplement. You squirt this supplement which has the Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids in their food. This supplement for now will replace the other one that I mentioned above. I'm hoping that the Grizzly Salmon Oil will work just as great as the Flax, Fish, & Borage Oils. Have to admit so far she loves the taste. Other people on this forum know that my puppy hasn't been all that fond of her Wellness adult dry dog foods. Now with the Grizzly Salmon Oil, she'll eat all of her Wellness. I also give her Nutro Ultra Puppy foods.
WellCoat Dog & Cat Formula Supplement sounds good also. It has Omega 3, 6, & 9 Fatty Acids: Borage Oil, Fish Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Flaxseed Oil. I read about this product at the Wellness website. It is actually the supplement that I wanted to get for my puppy but couldn't find it at my local store.
She did go to the vet last week, but she wasn't noticeably flaky at that point. I'm trying the Missing Link in her food again, as well as flax seed oil rather than the olive. If there isn't some improvement by her appointment on the 28th, I'll have them do a skin scraping at that time.
I've known dogs to get flakes in their fur when they are bathed too often; it removes the natural oils in their fur and skin. Also, some dogs are prone to skin conditions (I know labs are) and Vitamin D supplements help.
Since you've only had your puppy a week, it could be a number of different things. A puppy check up at the vets will let you know more specifically.