Dry skin on my Springer Spaniel

by Kate
(Cornwall, UK)

I have a 2 year old gorgeous English Springer - Sid :)


We love him to bits, but he is driving me mad with his moulting and constant flakes of skin everywhere. I am hoovering twice a day to keep on top of it.

He has a good quality dried dog food, and I am giving him a lump of butter daily on my vets advice to add more fat to his diet. We have also got an oatmeal and aloe shampoo from the vets so hopefully this will help also.

He is brushed regularly, although I think I will try a rubber glove as recommended on here.

Any other tips???? My hoover may burn out before too long otherwise!!

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi Kate
I am so sorry you are having such difficulty even with the vets advice.

Here are some things that people I know have tried for a variety of different skin conditions, I don't know if they will work in your case because I am not a vet but they will not be harmful

1)Try using olive oil in his food and not butter, as its a better form of fat, you may also try to give him some cod liver oild capsules. Stick them in the back of his throat, hold his mouth shut and rub his throat, he has to swallow.

2)I know you said you feed him a good food but is is it hypoallergenic? I swear by this type of dog food and use brands such as Burns and James Wellbeloved. However I am about to switch to Arden Grange on the advice of a Springer breeder friend of mine who swears it makes their springers coats glorious so maybe thats worth a try.

Also you may want to add some tinned salmon to the food as that is a great source of omega 3 fats.

3)Has your vet done a skin scrape to see if there is a mite problem.

Hope this helps and gives you some new ideas.

Good luck

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Apr 25, 2013
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by: Anonymous

i give my springer a tsp of barley grass powder mixed with water. ground 3 tbsp of hemp seed and 1 tbsp of chia seed ground. all this gets mixed with his commercial dog food in the morning. he just gets his commercial dog food for his tea.

Nov 24, 2012
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by: Michele

Dry skin is caused by a couple of different things, mostly food. Most commercial foods are really junk and do nothing to promote good health for your pet.

A fish oil is best for dry skin. Try this recipe:

5 oz. extra virgin olive oil
1 oz. cod liver oil
1 oz. wheat germ oil
1 oz. flaxsee oil
1/2 tsp. rosemary

Make sure the cod liver oil is harvested from deep-sea, cold water cod. Don't use the flavored type - some are flavored with lemon or orange.

Blend this up with either a hand mixer, blender or a smoothie maker. Store it in a dark colored bottle in the refrigerator. Shake it up before use. Give 1 tablespoon daily over a meal and stir up.

You will spend a little money up front for the oils, but they will last for several months.

If you're willing to try this I promise you will see a BIG difference within a couple of weeks. Dry skin will begin healing and hair will be much softer.

Nov 19, 2012
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by: Anonymous

an idea would be to give a few spoonfuls of cod liver oil with the food as it is good for the skin and will stop the dryness.

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by: Anonymous

an idea would be to give a few spoonfuls of cod liver oil with the food as it is good for the skin and will stop the dryness.

Mar 30, 2011
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by: seoirse mac enri

my last springer Cindy suffered dry skin all her life all remedies were tried lotions creams steroids to relieve her itch to no avail many different vets could not cure it however burns food did alleviate the condition one vet did prescribe a human anti biotic cetaphlexin this may not be the correct spelling it did stop the itch and her dry skin patches did clear up however another vet advised against it's prolonged use due to potential side effects so please check it out carefully if you decide to use it.Cindy was quite old when this treatment began and had underlying problems which led to her passing 1 year later. My current springer Sam had a dry skin problem as a pup which turned out to be an allergic reaction to straw
hope I have been of help

Jan 30, 2011
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by: Michele

Definitely try some type of vitamin E supplement. I give my dogs 'Lick-O'Chops'. One tablespoon in their evening meal. I also mix some wheat germ or cottage cheese in their morning meal. My older Springer tends to have skin issues, but my younger one has not had that problem.

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by: shaun sheffield uk

HI

sorry to hear about your sppringers skin problem bless

i use a product called YUMEGA i have 3 springers and they all have fantastic skin and coats we add 7mls a day to there Beta chicken and rice dry food.

its dificult knowing what to do for the little fella i also use a evening primrose oil shampoo recomended to me from mi ma she has 2 pekinese and as any one knows there are a nightmare to keep clean and keep there skin scurf free.

Hope you sort your problem out

regards

shaun

YUMEGA do a extra sensitive skin formula this ,may help

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