So I'm watching my friends two schnauzers this week. They are from the same breeder as I got Stryder and Kiba from and we think are all related somehow.
Anyways... Ernie (their male) has wicked bad dry skin. His fur is thin too... and he's got a whole bunch of dry scabby bumps on him. I'm pretty sure they're just dry skin or something. I have been feeding her's Timberwolf Organics (1. because my kids eat it and 2. it's much better than the purina she feeds).
Any ideas on how to help him? I brought along my oatmeal shampoo and am going to wash him with that, as well as cleaning out everyones ears and trimming nails.
Had to go back home and grab my clippers cuz Stryder got into something nasty the other day and his paws are all gunked up with some sticky stuff. Ick. So he's gonna have poodle feet for awhile.
sounds like a possible staph infection or foliculitis which both need to be treated with antibiotics but there will be know way to tell what it is for sure without a vet taking a peek at it and possibly doing a skin scraping
You may also want to try bathing in a shampoo like Maleseb
Hypothyroid and also cushings can cause skin/coat issues as well and run in Schnauzer I believe
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I have a friend whose Schnauzer has the same problem. She also uses an oatmeal shampoo. She thought that maybe he was allergic to grass but she changed his food to Eagle Pack's Lamb and Rice (I think but it's the Lamb one) and he hasn't had any skin problems. Eagle Pack also has a Duck formula specially formulated for allergic dogs. Schnauzers have a tendency toward allergies and skin sensitivities.
I use Skin so Soft on Mandy. Also along with the allergies her hair was alittle thin along the skirt line. When I mix Missing Link in her food it is amazing how her hair grows and looks thicker. Schnauzers are prone to all kinds of skin problems and allergies. I use to think to try to get rid of the oily skin helped but you need to do just the opposite with the shampoos. Use a really good shampoo and I also do not use conditioner. Makes their fur more managable.
I had a schnauzer that passed away last Nov. at 12 years of age. She had allergies to food and was always getting staph infections, scratched a lot, and had thin fur...When she had a bad spell, she was put on steroids, something for scratching and an antibiotic. I used the Malsalb shampoo when she had the infection and other times Relief shampoo and conditioner. My vet also prescribed a capsule that contained fish oils as well as duck and potato food. It is something you have to stay on top of...she seemed worse in the warmer months...Good Luck!
Vaseline is a pretty good mite killer for dogs, but it also soothes their skin of sores and such. You could try rubbing a layer of it into his skin and it should actually take care of the irritation and scabs as well. Good luck with Ernie!
Neem shampoo also helps. I use the Tropicleam with citrus and neem. Its for dry itchy skin and it has really helped Rocky keep a nice smooth itch free coat. I also feed the Natural Balance Potato and Duck kibble. His flare ups are few and far between compared to how bad he used to get the skin rashes and goopy eye.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
A friend of mine's schnauzer was getting those bumps because the groomer was not cleaning her clippers. She switched groomers and no more problems. To get rid of them she fed the dog acidolpholus ( i know I misspelled it) and that helped with the rash and itchiness.
Eagle Pack Hollistic is great but go to the Fish, it's Anchovy Sardine I believe. This is made with Omega 6 and Omega 3 and that's what you need perhaps. The Lamb and Rice does not have the Omega content you want for dry skin (this is assuming it's dry skin and not a problematic situation which of course would need a vet.)
Also, you can get really good Omega 6 and Omega 3 supplements from the vet. Works great and will drastically help with the coat too.
Missing Link and Skin So Soft are also wonderful but add the other supplements with and food.