Chocholate Lab dandruff

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Chocholate Lab dandruff

Post by C.G.Anderso » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00



Dear All:

I own a seven month old, 65 pound chocolate Labrador Retriever who
thinks she's a horse.  Recently she has developed a skin disorder
characterized by flaking skin, a sort of dandruff.  It seems to be
contained to her back, from about the neck to the tail, but it is
especially bad near the rump.  We asked our country vet about it, and he
sold us "Humilac" spray.  It isn't very effective because her coat is so
thick, I am not sure it gets down to the skin (but we do spray it on
thick and massage it in).  I also bought some "Sulfodene" coal tar and
sulfur shampoo at Walmart, but haven't used it yet.  The Humilac has not
proved effective as of yet.

We do not bather her very often (maybe once every two weeks) and when we
do we just use baby shampoo, or some other pet formulae.  Can anyone
advise what this skin condition is, what causes it, and what a good
remedy is?  It doesn't seem to bother her much, nor does it seem to itch
(as far as we can tell).  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Chris Anderson

 
 
 

Chocholate Lab dandruff

Post by Terr » Mon, 23 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Dear All:

> I own a seven month old, 65 pound chocolate Labrador Retriever who
> thinks she's a horse.  Recently she has developed a skin disorder
> characterized by flaking skin, a sort of dandruff.  It seems to be
> contained to her back, from about the neck to the tail, but it is
> especially bad near the rump.  We asked our country vet about it, and he
> sold us "Humilac" spray.  It isn't very effective because her coat is so
> thick, I am not sure it gets down to the skin (but we do spray it on
> thick and massage it in).  I also bought some "Sulfodene" coal tar and
> sulfur shampoo at Walmart, but haven't used it yet.  The Humilac has not
> proved effective as of yet.

> We do not bather her very often (maybe once every two weeks) and when we
> do we just use baby shampoo, or some other pet formulae.

IMO, every 2 weeks is too often to bathe, and may even be part of the
problem..You may be drying out the very natural oils in her coat that
prevents dandruff and flaking.
Ive got GSD's, and they get a real bath maybe two or three times a yr.
Also, I would find a good dog shampoo, not something designed for
humans.
Like maybe an Oatmeal or low ph one fits all type of shampoo. Buy it
from
a pet shop or a pet magazine designed FOR dogs..
Good luck,
Terri
 
 
 

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Post by TRISHCA » Tue, 24 Mar 1998 04:00:00


I experienced that same problem a few years ago.  One theory (from the vet) was
about growth factor, the skin was shedding quickly.  I also agree with Terri's
previous post--my guys only get bathed monthly in the summer months when they
tend to be "funkier" and I use a gentle oatmeal base shampoo. It makes their
coats (lab mix muttleys) soft and shiny.  In the winter, it may be 3-4 months,
if they're smelly enough and if I'm up to tossing them into the bathtub and
these dogs are outside during the day, every day.   If you're using one of the
flea treatments like Advantage, it can be drying to you dog's skin.    

Let us know what you decide and what the outcome is.
Trish

 
 
 

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Post by The Bea » Tue, 24 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Both previous posters gave good advice. Don't forget the fact that some of
our animals do not get adequate fatty acids in their diets. A supplement
like Dermcaps (ES for a larger dog) may help. Remember these take up to 3
months to show their effect if they are going to help.

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Quote:
>I experienced that same problem a few years ago.  One theory (from the vet)
was
>about growth factor, the skin was shedding quickly.  I also agree with
Terri's
>previous post--my guys only get bathed monthly in the summer months ...

 
 
 

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Post by Mous » Tue, 24 Mar 1998 04:00:00


My Sam (black lab pup) has a problem with dandruff, too.  Got lots of good
advice here! :)

We're trying a diet change (higher in fatty acids), as well as using a
dandruff shampoo once a week until we get the problem under control (sounds
harsh, but even the medicated oatmeal shampoos didn't soothe the condition
more than an hours or so, and his skin is driving him CRAZY, and several
people here, including a vet, said that it's okay).

One possible cause that was suggested to me that I have temporarily ruled
out as the cause of Sam's problems is "walking dandruff" -- a MITE problem.
I ruled it out because most people say that it manifests itself as DANDRUFF
THAT RUNS ALONG THE SPINE, and Sam's is all over.  It seems that the *good*
shampoo used for treating it has been pulled from the market, but if your
vet can do a skin test for you to confirm the mite's presence (you can't see
them with the *** eye), perhaps he/she can suggest a treatment.

Hope you find the solution!

Mouse