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    So I've recently adopted a 6 yr. old lab. She came to me with awful skin and coat. I'm in the process of switching her dog food to Innova senior plus and adding in solid gold seameal to it. From prior vet records she seems to have a history of dry skin and was treated with steroids as if it was allergy related. I took her to my vet and she wasn't convinced it was allergies since there are NO other signs. She doesn't itch, have bad ears or eyes, her stools are fine, and she doesn't chew on her paws. I bought some "special" shampoo from vet but she is still having the problem. I'm hoping over the next few months with diet change her skin will improve. Anyone have any suggestions?
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    I'd give her time for the new food to start working. It will take time to see a difference in her skin and coat. You can also look into adding some fish oil to her diet, but I'd be inclined to save money and wait and see if the food switch causes an improvement.

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    I use apple cider viniger and it is very helpful for dry skin and not expensive.

    I have heard the organic apple cider vinigar (with the mother) is the best (Boggs brand from GNC) I will be switching to Organic and see if I see a difference from the regular food store brand.

    Give 1 tbsp daily in food with water added. you can also spray it on the dog. If there are any open sores dilut it 50% with water.

    I have never used it topically but orally it works well for me.

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    I read online that a good apple cider vinegar topically would work. I think I'll hold off on bathing her so I don't dry out skin more and next time I bathe her I will use it. Thank you for response!
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    yes its good topically from what I have heard but I would give it orally as well.

    Here is more on ACV

    http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=973742

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    Costco's Fish Oil caps, 1 cap/day.

    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
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    Can I use that on top of the solid gold seameal...thats already rich in omega-3 and 6, so is the syn-flex I give her...didn't want to over do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Pr. View Post
    Costco's Fish Oil caps, 1 cap/day.

    Bob, is that the Kirkland brand, for people too, or is it Nature Made? I take fish oil myself and if I could just share it with my dog, that would be great .
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    Bob, is that the Kirkland brand, for people too, or is it Nature Made? I take fish oil myself and if I could just share it with my dog, that would be great
    Both Puff and I take the same Kirkland Fish Oil capsules from Costco.

    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
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    My personal opinion of the food is first that is not enough protein or fat. I would use a normal formula and just add fish oil. Fish caps work great. Grizzly Salmon Oil works REALLY well if you can handle the stink.
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