Saba is hypothyroid and is on pills (takes one pill 2 times a day). So I know if for some reason we miss pills, he gets coat issues, but aside from that, I find lately that his coat gets a bit dull looking, and when I brush him, I see a lot of white dandruff-like flakes. In the fall & spring he had a great coat and skin, so maye it's a summer thing? I wonder what I could give him to moisturize his skin and make the coat not so dry. He also started to get some split nails. It's not a major problem and I don't believe it requires a vet vist to spend $100 for him to tell me that I could just put some oil drops in his food. Anyone experienced this and has suggestions? Thank you!
What are you feeding him?
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When was the last time his T4 levels were checked? You may need to adjust his thyroid medication.
He's on TLC. I'm not sure if it's food related though. His coat was always really good on this food. It seems it just happened in the past few weeks. His levels were checked about 6 months ago I believe. Good point, maybe it is time to check it again. Maybe the dosage has to be up-ed.
You might try adding a can of sardines to his food once a week.
♣ Laura ♣
Thanks Labby! Sardines in oil I assume? I'll buy some and I'll try adding some. I'm sure he'll love it...
Sardines in water. The oil is usually soybean oil and most dogs don't do well with it. Just dump the whole can on his food, water and all.
♣ Laura ♣
I feed mine Jack Mackral and holy moly all they have to do is SEE the can! And if the pantry door is shut all the way..they will collect the cans in their crates..silly dogs. LOL
Crud. I thought the oil would help, in addition to the fish. I have several cans of the ones in oil. I didn't even think about it being soybean oil. Duh! I'm glad I haven't been feeding them to Billie lately.Originally Posted by labby
more fat in the food will make it all go away with 2-3 weeks. The food you are feeding probably does not have enough fat in it for your particular dog. You can add oils and stuff, but changing the food will eliminate the need to supplement.
IMO though - fish oil has many proven benefits. It is one of the only suppliments that have been proven to be affective for many things. That is the only supplement my dog gets.