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Old 03-07-2011, 12:21 PM
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My dachshund has dry skin.

She's a short-hair miniature dachshund around 14 months old and her dandruff isn't noticeable unless I give her the run-down with a good ol' scratching.

She doesn't itch; she doesn't scratch herself.

She eats about 3/4 cup of Taste of the Wild a day. She's been eating it since about 5 months old. I do not regularly bathe her.


What is the method of ingestion for the oils (olive, fish, etc) that are supposed to help -- just add it to her food? Has any one any first-hand experience noticing a difference? Seems kind of weird.
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LMBO - I'm thinking a slight editing of your title might be a good idea

Most who use fish oil just open the capsule and put it over the kibble.
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I use ground flax seed for skin and shiny coat. You just add a teaspoon every meal. I dont know what totw you are using but lamb gave my dogs bad dandruff you might try changing the meat source in the food. maybe the one that has fish in it because fish has all the oil already in it.
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Dawnben -- do you buy pre-ground/stabilized flax seed or grind your own?
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Dawnben -- do you buy pre-ground/stabilized flax seed or grind your own?
I buy it in bulk as seed and grind it in the coffee grinder. You can get it pre ground at Trader Joes's 16 oz for about 3 bucks. The health food stores can be very expensive. Keep it in the refrigerator for freshness.
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I was curious as I knew how expensive it can be via health food, etc -- I actually went one better and got a 50lb sack from my feed guy. I needed it for a craft project and getting enough from most retailers was going to be ridiculously expensive so I had asked him and that was the smallest bag he could get. I had used food grade/pre-packeged ground flax for my son as part of the diet plan he was on previously and it was beyond expensive. I used up the remaining seed by grining and feeding it to our horses, their coats were fantastic on it.
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LMBO - I'm thinking a slight editing of your title might be a good idea

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nice title

I "fixed" it

or neutered it..perhaps.
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I use ground flax seed for skin and shiny coat. You just add a teaspoon every meal. I dont know what totw you are using but lamb gave my dogs bad dandruff you might try changing the meat source in the food. maybe the one that has fish in it because fish has all the oil already in it.
That's interesting. She's eating Pacific Stream now, before this bag she had Sierra Mountain. To be honest, I don't recall the exact condition of her skin before the change in flavor. I'm pretty sure, though, that it was even a mild issue.

Flax seed sounds like a neat idea though. I'll have to look into that. It sounds like something Whole Foods or Sun Harvest would have.
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I use Salmon oil for Reubens dandruff and he has not had it for a while now
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