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I have a 7 year old Bichon Frise who has scattered, small, flaky scabs on her skin. Is this a common ailment?
By Binkiboogle from UK
Bet it is diet related. Raw diet is best. By all means would u please remove all food that has allergens like corn wheat or soy. A spoon of extra virgin coconut oil in the diet does wonders. No dog food from the grocery store. Read how they use meat sources such as lab rats, euthanized pets, cancerous parts from meat packing, road kill - lovely mess isn't it? Once you see the pictures you will never support Purina again.
I would try to find any food that has the meat as a first ingredient, I have heard that pro plan and authority have meat as the first ingredient. If you have just one dog, then you could probably afford that.
Anyway, it sounds as if t he dog is not getting enough fatty acids, and not enough oil in its diet, this is common. I would very often, wet a soft rag and go over it's skin with it, this is to slough off the dead cells, and it feels good to the dog.
I like to buy either fish oil pills or else give a small amount of Olive oil to the doggie. I like fish oil. I have a friend who uses Krill Oil, or Sea kelp supplements also. She swears by them, I have found that benadryl helps for itchy skin...and also as I tell everyone, make sure the doggie is not on frontline as it doesn't work anymore and it is a waste of time.
If the spots are dark, they are usually fungus related in my experience. I would go to earthclinic.com and look under the pets section and see what holistic remedies have worked for other people for this sort of thing.
Our dog had something like this & it was the beginning stage of mange. Your vet can do a quick test for this. Check out the discount vets in your area. Just Google "discount vets" plus your city & state. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but when it comes down to not being able to afford veterinary care, any vet will do... I found several vets in my area (Seattle-Tacoma) that charge less than half of what other vets charge, in fact my vet only charges $27 for an office visit & there is no office visit charged for vaccinations, just the cost of the vaccines, so it PAYS to call around if you're not working or are low on funds!
As far as the other posts, Salmon oil is also wonderful for the skin & coat, plus dogs & cats LOVE it! A good pet store will help you find a quality dog food that will cause less allergies (if that's the problem) Buy small portions & switch every few weeks until you find what works (like you would with a child with possible allergies). Back in the 1960's I remember my mother cooking ground horse meet for our dogs & they loved it. You would need to include a canine vitamin supplement, each breed has it's own special needs. Making your own dog food can be tricky, but trying a week of a diet without any grains could be a start to check for allergies.
There are so many things that could be the cause of this, from dry skin from over-bathing to mange to allergies or other systemic problems; it may be more economical in the long run to make the vet your first stop, rather than using a hit-or-miss bunch of home remedies that may or may not work and will still have you spending money.
I'm not trying to make light of the other posters' great tips--but having had a dog with a lot of skin problems and having also gone the home remedy route first--still think it's better for the dog to see the vet ASAP.