Q: Any good ideas for skin problems in a Newfoundland?
Our Newf has severe dry skin. It is dry and scabby. When I brush him the brush is full of white flakes, looks a little like oatmeal. He also has hard gray bumps on his elbows. We have tried steroids (made him pee all over the house), antibiotics, antibacterial sprays, anti-itch sprays. Nothing seems to help. He does not bite at it, but licks constantly.
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Answer by xoashxo36
Try changing his diet. Omega 3 fatty acid supplements are available and really help with skin problems. Bathe him in oatmeal shampoo or hypoallergenic shampoo. If none of these seems to help, he may need to have allergy shots weekly from the vet!
Answer by D D
Your dog may have skin atopy.
He will need to be tested to see what exactly he is allergic to, this is done in conjunction with vet advice.
The first thing they do is look at the dogs diet and will give you advice on best food and any supplements that may help as well as any restrictions and special breed needs.
Next is house and lifestyle ie carpets, furnishings, bedding, textiles and amount the dog is living indoors in centrally heated type houses. The biggest enemy being the house dust mite. Prolific cleaning, vaccum daily(yes daily), keep dog off bed and sofas, wash all bedding/towels at 60 degrees (which kills dust mites). Other such things as restricting use of VOC's and sprays used for cleaning products and all other household smellies that get into a dogs system and break it down can cause severe problems.Just use mild detergent and hot soapy water to clean surfaces. You'll also save loadsa money.
Once all this has been done for a number of months (3-6 months) and nothing found and condition worsening then they can do a series of test prick injections over the dog on a shaved bit which can then identify specific products/mites that may be contributing to the problem and then give monthly injections to help build his immunity to the thing that was found.
It can be a long haul but its worth it for the comfort of the dog for the quality of his life. The itching drives them crazy as the body producing antigens goes into hyperdrive. The licking can become behavioural and go onto chewing and biting and breaks the skin and then becomes infected.
Do try to stop him licking as it will increase as this goes on. Be gentle and patient, he will be in distress at times and driven to distraction, he may be temperamental and could get quite growly too if approached.
Viacutin supplement (essential fatty acids)in his food from vet may help to start with.Vet can give you shampoo too.
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Oh yes -make sure you are insured, none of this is going to be cheap, if your dog has skin atopy then its a systemic condition and can lessen his overall immunity and will need lifelong vet care.
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