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Old 03-22-2010, 06:57 PM
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Question Dry skin and hardly any hair on my chi's back!?

My Chihuahua Cami has very dry skin and hardly any hair directly down her spin. I thought that this was something that she inherited or she was just born with....so I started putting NuHemp Omega Sauce in her food each day, the ingredients are: canola oil, cold presses hemp seed oil, natural flavor, and rosemary extract. This NuHemp kind of helps the dryness but doesnít help a whole lot.

She doesnít itch at her back, and the hair there is very coarse and not soft like the rest of her body.

I was thinking her food might be causing this?
She eats Natural Balance chicken formula, she doesnít really like it that much but I thought it was a higher quality food so thatís why I continue to feed it to her....

Will switching brands help her skin issues? And if so what is a better brand to feed?

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I think a vet visit,could be so many things,allergy,mites,fleas,food
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That is so funny! Well, only funny because Matilda has the same "stripe" of darker/coarser hair down her back while the rest of her is silky smooth. When I started her on red meat formula of EVO (we'd previously fed the poultry formula) her coat got VERY VERY soft. We've since switched to raw & even the coarser hair is getting smoother & the silky smooth fur is growing in under the darker/coarser stuff. So for us, it seems to be diet related. Does the Natural Balance have a red meat formula?? If so, I'd try adding a bit of that into her diet. I'd be very curious to see if it would help her since the red meat seemed to help Matildas identical problem.
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It could also be her color. Blues carry a gene for alopecia (baldness). Diet and supplements may help though, as Mchi's pointed out.

You might want to try a 100% salmon oil instead of the plant oils. Some dogs do better with an animal based oil for skin/coat. Grizzly or Plato makes a good one.
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I have made a vet appt. for tomorrow morning just incase it is something like mites. And I didnt know that blues carried that gene so that might actually be what is it because she doesnt itch at it or anything.

If it is diet related I will have to try a red meat food.
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I wondered about alopecia with Matilda but she doesn't have any baldness other than a bit on her head which is typical of Chi's anyway. The darker/coarser fur always made me wonder though.

And I just snapped this so you could see Matilda's back...it almost looks like the ligher colored fur is "baldness" but it's not. The light color fur she has is SUPER soft & velvety (even gets darker if you rub it up like velvet does!) and the darker - while it's gotten softer is still much coarser than the lighter hair. Anyway, I just thought it would be neat to compare "stripes". LOL
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hello! ur not the only one with this. a couple of our members chis suffer from this including my dexter. when he was a pup he was all fur and nothing was missing but then couple months passed by and hes itched and had dry skin. i checked wit the vet and they did a skin scraping and it wasnt mange so thank god for that. then i cheked it was food allergy but couodnt afford the allergy test so i doubted on it. then i thought it was laundry detergent but nope. then finally i dcided to change my shampoo and conditioner to jonh paul and his fur was softer! also tried salmon oil but didnt help what made his fur shine more was the halo oil. hope its nothing serious



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Heather thats exactly what Cami's stripe looks like!

I will update everyone on what the vet says tomorrow after the appt.
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