Our 8 month-old chocolate lab (Dapper Dan) has developed red scabby rashes around the creases of his legs and has also developed a few scabby areas around his snout and the top of his head, which will flak off when he scratches his head.
i want to try a few things before i go to the vet...i'm thinking of changing his food to the Diamond Naturals, i started adding a fish oil capsule to his food and applying some vitamin E to the rashy places. any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Also, our vet recommended that when we give Dapper Dan a bath that we use regular dish washing detergent. Has anyone ever heard of this and is it really safe for a Lab's coat?
My last lab had oozing sores that turned out to be STaph infections. I found that betadine shampoo worked well but it also required antibitics.
As far as dish washing detergent goes I don't think I would use it on a dog that was already having allergies. I will say, however, 20+ years ago when I was an assistant at a dog groomer they used ERA laundry detergent to wash all the dogs. To this day I can not use ERA because it reminds me of cleanly washed dogs(not that that is bad but it is not the way I want my clothes to smell). None of the customers knew she was using ERA and they all commented on how clean and good the dogs smelled.