Hi, I have a 3 1/2 yr old Boxer/German Shepherd mix. He is short haired, but sheds year round like a german shepherd. In the spring he sheds a lot. This year though I have noticed that he seems to be shedding more then normal, and it's like he has some dandruff. Also in the "armpit" area of his front legs the hair seems to be really thining out, and I can see the dry skin flaking off. His coat now, is beginning to not look very healthy. I am getting concerned and wondering if anyone has gone thru something like this before? Is there a way to make his coat and the shedding better without a visit to the vet? Or is the vet my best bet?
UPDATED- I took Jackson into the Groomers today, and they told me that they get a lot of dogs this time of year with dry skin issues. So she did some extra work on his shedding and tried to get as much of the hair out as possible. His coat looks a lot better all ready!!
Thanks again everyone for you advice~
UPDATE- Well My dog's shedding and dry skin has come back big time and now he is also starting to get these lesions and scans on his skin in his armpit area on his front legs. I called and spoke with a great woman at a vets office. Her first thought was fleas as they are really bad out here, and a year round problem. I don't think he has fleas though as he is not really scratching all that much and I haven't seen any fleas on him or me. So it sounds like he will probably have a Thyroid issue. I have doing some research and I know this is treatable and he will have to be on medicine the rest of his life. Does anyone know how much the blood test at the vet usually costs? Or the Thyroid medicine?
***Edited By: jaxie52 on 5/6/2007 11:25:08 AM*** Reason: Symptoms are back.......
I could be a mixture of things, first is the dog a hyper or nervous dog, are there alot of windows in your house, is your house extra warm? Sometimes diet is the calprit, have the dog proffessionally groomed, sometimes owners are seeing hair in the environment that fell out long ago and is just comeing off the dog now. Are there some type of allergy?
No he is not overly hyper or nervous. He has a very serious personality. He was a abused dog before I got him. I have had him for just about 3 years. He has had a big change though. We moved out to CA from Mn in January, we also had to leave my other dog behind(long story) We were living a a two story house with a fenced in backyard, and now we are in a much smaller place. So I have considered that he might be a bit depressed because of all the changes. He is do for the groomers, he won't let me do any of his grooming. So I will for sure try that first. Thanks so much!
I dont know a huge amount when it comes to dogs, but my first thought was change in diet or shampoo. Our puppy started getting what appeared to be dandruff and was scratching like crazy. I found out that I was bathing her too often, but I had to due to her messy stools. We use a shampoo and conditioner called Buddy Wash, its completely natural and has absolutely no chemicals in it. It seems some dogs can have adverse reactions to additives in shampoos. Also maybe you could try putting her on a hollistic diet, we use Eagle Pack hollistic dog food, its great and you will never have to worry about it being on the recalled list. Good Luck.
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Thanks I will look into the food. I have wondered if I would have to change his food. I have had him on the Purina Pro Plan since I got him. He likes it, but maybe it's not giving him enough nutrients and things that he needs.
I would look into that bathing brand, but he won't let me give him baths, it's at least a two person job, if you can get it done. He is scared of water.
Pro Plan is not particularly good food. I just looked at what should be the best they offer - the Selects. I wasn't impressed with that either. Corn gluten & quite a few things that could be causing your problems.
Of course stress could be a factor.
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