Hair loss and crusty dry skin… What is it?
When the weather cooled down, thank goodness the red summer allergy rash on Boogie’s face went away. But we now have another skin-related problem. (Sigh – There’s always something else, isn’t there?)
In the sunlight, Boogie’s black coat looks like it has white splotches or specks all over it. On closer inspection these are bald patches of dry flaky crusty skin. And these patches are EVERYWHERE! I think they itch because Boogie loves rubbing his back on the grass way too much.
Does anyone know what causes these dry crusty patches?
What are they? An allergic reaction? Is it some type of MANGE? - I have no experience with mange so I don’t know.
I searched the WOOF forums. Other BT owners who have experienced similar dry skin issues said they switched foods and/or changed shampoos and the skin problems went away. Or they added a skin supplement to their dog’s diet, which is something I have already been doing from Day One.
This is what Boogie is eating everyday:
* HALO Spot’s Stew Chicken kibble
* The Honest Kitchen FORCE or KEEN
* The Honest Kitchen PERFECT FORM (digestive supplement)
* Sometimes – cooked chicken, or canned sardines/tuna
Treats: Wellness Lamb/Chicken jerky, Beef smokehouse jerky rolls, hot dogs, Zuke’s mini training treats…
For his skin and coat, I was giving him ULTRA OIL everyday for the past 6 months. One month ago I switched to HALO’s DREAM COAT oil but I am seeing no difference in his coat. If anything, I think the problem is getting worse. The crusty bald patches are multiplying…
This week I added MISSING LINK, yet another type of Omega 3/6 supplement.
The shampoo we use is by KELCO (Coco tar for dry skin).
Perhaps a visit to the vet is in order (to rule out mange) but if anyone knows what this is, please share your knowledge!