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3/19/13 1:11 A

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I'm glad you mentioned thyroid issues. The interesting thing is that these can be caused by allergies in many cases, and if you eliminate the allergies the thyroid problems disappear. Thyroid meds may be necessary if they don't.
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3/19/13 12:35 A

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The thyroid thing is what came to mind. That makes me happy if once I get a diagnosis and if meds are needed that they do not cost an arm and a leg. I will run that idea by the vet. Thank you!

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3/19/13 12:13 A

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Gina, I had a dog years ago that had the same problem, plus she started gaining weight, and her hair started thinning. The Vet did blood work, ended up she had a thyroid problem. She was put on medication. The meds didn't cost much. Heidi's flakes disappeared in time. Her hair came back as well.

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3/18/13 7:29 P

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My dogs have never gotten excited about me bathing, but they do about me putting on certain outfits that mean walking and running to them. Even a sock can trigger a wild happy dance because I wear different ones outdoors. Dogs are very observant, by whatever they use to distinguish and remember these things!

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3/18/13 6:18 P

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I have a 20 year old cat that has the dandruff thing going on. He is a black and white tux cat so it is easy to see.
Our other younger cat doesn't have that problem and they eat the same exact thing.

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As for the shower, lol
Lenny stays far, far away because that's how I bathe him. He doesn't like being bathed, but loves how he feels after. He loves the drying and brushing part.
Yoko, the puppy thinks she needs to help me dry off and she goes kinda crazy.

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3/18/13 6:01 P

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I really want to get some essential fatty acids. That just sounds like such an excellent thing to try. I really wonder how to ask for that in spanish. This language thing is for the birds. The vet I will take him to is english speaking so that is good.

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3/18/13 5:38 P

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I agree with trying an elimination diet. Homemade may be the safest and least expensive. The lowest cost may be white rice and canned fish (Walmart has wild-caught canned salmon), even less expensive would be to use egg instead of fish, but it is a little more likely to be the cause of allergies. Adding some ground egg shell can provide necessary calcium. Some supermarkets have inexpensive things like chicken necks or backs that you can feed raw (but don't feed the cooked bones).
The most common allergens for dogs are grains, esp. gluten-grains like wheat, barley and rye, also chicken and beef, eggs. Some dogs don't tolerate legumes like peanuts, peas, lentils, beans either.
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3/18/13 5:02 P

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If it's an allergy and possibly a food allergy, you could try elimination testing. Take him down to a food that has very little ingredients and see if he does okay with just those ingredients or, if you can do it, make him homemade meals with just the one ingredient and then when you find one that you know he isn't allergic to add just one more ingredient. My friend had dogs that were allergic to something and she could only feed one particular food. Her daughter's dog is even worse and has to have fish and potato and cannot eat anything else. I have known of another dog that had to have that kind, too. It seems to be something that has less allergic reactions than other foods. I think both had Natural Balance.

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3/18/13 4:52 P

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Thank you, I am going to take him to the vet again I guess. That cure for ringworm was told to me by a lady who ran a kennel. And I assure you it was ringworm. The vet had already treated it before we got him but I didn't have any of that medication so turned to the old tried and true iodine. It is not really a cure but it just kills everything at the site so you have dead skin and it eventually grows back. You know it is ringworm by the round patches it takes. Otto had 3 of those patches.The ringworm is all gone now and just the dandruff. He may have an allergy is true and very possible but I hope not. We are far too broke to put out too much money for diagnostic tests.

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3/18/13 4:48 P

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Essential Fatty Acids are all I can think of. They have them in gel-caps, I know, because Annie had them at one time. It turned out she was just shedding heavily and shedding the dry skin, too, but she was given the EFA to stop the dry skin. Do they have dandruff shampoo for dogs? Maybe that would help if they do. I would ask the vet if you can.

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3/18/13 4:45 P

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I would take him to the vet to get a proper diagnosis. I have not heard of treating ringworm with Iodine, not sure about that one. I'm wondering if it was really ringworm or an allergy, could be a food allergy or inhalent allergy, which is now getting worse. If it was ringworm it could be systemic ringworm now, there are also other considerations like mange. Either way, a vet visit would be best.
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I wonder if anyone has an idea as to what all the white flakes loose in Otto's hair are about? Otto is a black and tan pitbull about 7 yrs. old who was discovered about 2 months ago walking (I should say barely mobile) along the seashore one morning when my spanish teacher happened upon him. I had seen him 10 to 15 mins. earlier and gave him a wide berth as I was walking two little dogs and did not want anything contagious near them. Anyway, Jenn's heart melted and she took him to the vet. He gave Otto a flea bath and general checkup. Starved, former fighting dog (very scarred), age and otherwise not too bad. He had a lot of ringworm patches(which I cured with iodine applied for a wk.). Jenn could not keep Otto as she had signed up to do an ocean voyage as crew of a sailboat. Otto has eaten his way through masses of food, gotten all his shots, been neutered and been dewormed. But the persistence of one of the worst cases of dandruff I have ever seen and lots of hair coming off of him is what we are left with. Otto is a sweetie, adores and is adored by our little poodle/schnauzer and my husband and I love his nature. He will still growl at dogs his size or bigger but Charlie seems to have a handle on that. He is easy to walk and is generally a lovely dog except for the dandruff. The only thing I can think of is to add oil to his food (olive oil). So far nothing makes a difference.

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3/18/13 3:50 P

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Doxie followed me all over, too, though I don't think she was quite as velcro as the ACDs. But she would have been more scent, wouldn't she, considering they were bred to go down into the dens and kill the badgers? She used to get really excited when I had been at college and came home more than if I took a bath. She would tear around the house like crazy.

Cassie is so close that I can't see where she is most of the time. I am totally wondering what is up when she leaves the room but she is starting to actually go get a drink or eat a little more.

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3/18/13 3:23 P

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Herding breeds are a little different than my hounds in that they are more visually oriented than other breeds, explaining both why they stay close to you and why they can interpret visual information better. They were selected for these abilities. I still think that your average herding dog tells stock apart by scent more than by sight.

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3/18/13 12:49 P

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Interesting post, Birgit. I haven't ever had a dog get excited like that when I took a bath/shower, but they won't allow me to go to any room by myself, so they know it is me the whole time.

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3/18/13 11:27 A

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I think the answer lies in scent. Scent is as colorful to dogs as the brightest of colors are to us (at least that's the only way I can explain it). They see with their nose and every time we take a shower, our own smell changes completely and there are lots of other smells (whatever products we use in the shower) that are overwhelmingly strong for a dog. Some dogs have trouble recognizing their owners at first until they hear the voice, similar to a person who is dressed in good costume with lots of make-up. Once they see us they want to smell us all over (including jumping up), to figure out all the ways we are different. Once dogs get older they will habituate to this regular change in people more and realize that we are indeed still the same. But try a different shampoo or lotion and some dogs will be surprised a little again. In addition, clean clothes smell "wrong" to a dog at first, too.

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3/18/13 10:53 A

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All of the dogs we owned got excited when we put a coat on.Same difference.They know you're going outside and they wan t to go along. emoticon

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Get overly excited after you take a shower or change clothes. Lorelai goes absolutely nuts!

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