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Hello,i'm new to the forum but i have been looking on here a lot.I have 3 chihuahuas maggie a long coat is 8 yrs ol.Molly a short coat is also 8.Missy a long coat is only 2,and shes having skin problems!Her skin is VERY dry and looks even kinda peeling.Vet said her skin doesn't seem to be producing oil.Shes on hills prescription food DD venison and potatoes.temeril p for allergies and getting a tsp of flax oil every day.Washing with selsun blue and infusion conditioner twice a week under the advice of the vet of course.Shes lost A LOT of hair,and skin looks pink.Can any one advise me on what to do for my little Missy?frustrated!I don't know how to post pics either.
 

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Have you tried 100% aloe Vera Walmart carry it in
1qt or litre or by the gallon if you put it in a spray bottle and spray her after her bath it will Sooth the skin and get rid of any itchy ness it did wonders for my dog healed her up in a couple weeks.
 

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Thank you,its worth a try.if her skin will get under control,her hair will grow back.How do you post pics on here?
 

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I assume the Vet checked for thyroid and other health issues. Healthy dogs do not just lose fur and have skin issues.

Depending on her color, she could have color dilute alopecia.

If serious medical issues have been ruled out I'd promptly change to a high quality food. Science Diet is very low quality food. I'd add fish oil to her diet as well.

I personally would not wash my pets with harsh shampoos and conditioners with silicone in them. Those could make the issue worse.

Have you considered taking her to a skin specialist?
 

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I would switch her to a higher quality food and stop washing with the shampoo. Dogs do not need to be bathed often, and their skin has a different pH than humans. Human shampoo can really dry out their skin. I would add fish oil to her diet as Karen suggested.
 

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Hi and welcome to you and your chis :) I say ditch the Hills and get on a grain free or limited ingredient diet and ditch the flaxseed and get fish oils. There are some great foods out there. It can do wonders for skin and coat health. The fish oil is fantastic for dry skin as well.
 

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Thank you for replying.No she has not checked her thyroid,but thats a good idea.She is healthy except for one thing,the tips of her ears were drying up and looking funny.she is taking pentoxifyline for that.She is black and tan.Her sides and chest are the main places for the hair loss.Shes on the DD because the vet thought it may be food related.Yes she mentioned a specialist but I thought just maybe someone on here could hit the nail on the head if they've had this same issue.I think I'm gonna try some pet shampoo with oatmeal.I know I'm grasping at straws but nothing has worked so far.Thank you again!
 

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Thank you ,All of the advice has been helpful!me and my husband went and got her some wild alaskan salmon oil from pet smart.Is this good.I love our vet but nothing so far is helping.Can someone tell me how to post pictures on here.Thank you again for the welcoming!
 

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Vets are not wise when it comes to nutrition. They are paid to promote Hills and Iams. The salmon oil is good. I feed human grade. The balding may be genetic pattern balding as already mentioned. My chi has it because her dad was a blue chi. But the dry skin is something else, perhaps try a grain free food and see if it helps. Corn, wheat, soy, are often culpits but so are many other grains.
 

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Thank you for the advise.The vet was trying Hills prescription DD on her venison and potato to see is it could have been allergy related.Its been about 2 months now on this.The temeril p allergy pill controls the itching,without it shes awful!Has anyone else had this problem and switched the food and if so can you name some foods i could try?and how long should i give the food> frustrated!!
 

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Fromm is a good kibble, blue buffalo wilderness you can find at petsmart. The high quality kibbles will cost more money per bag but they eat less because they get more nutrition from it. So you actually pay the same if not less. Ziwipeak I really like its not a kibble but its a good food.
 

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Hi and welcome to CP! I agree with the others on switching to a better dog food. I feed my own chi Orijen. It can be found at smaller speciality pet shops (not petsmart or petco) or feed stores. Another good food is Acana. LS swears by it and feeds Pacifica to her rescues. I'm sure she'll tell you more about it. :)

Stores for these brands can be found at the links below:

Store Locator | Acana

Orijen

BTW Here's a tutorial on how to post pics:

http://www.chihuahua-people.com/chihuahua-pictures/45976-tutorial-posting-pictures-flickr.html

I hope this helps!

PS I'm no vet, but bathing her that often seems a bit excessive...
 

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Thank you so much,I also thought the bathing was a little much,but I was going by what the vet instructed.The specialist is very far away so I want to try different thing before going that route.Thank you for your help,I cant wait to post pics of my babies.I also have 2 dachshunds.
 

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Welcome. Your poor baby! As for shampoos, you need to stick with ones for pets. I went to hair dressing school - many, many, years ago - and you wouldn't believe how harsh shampoos are, especially Johnson & Johnson!
Anyway, after dealing with my golden's hot spots, I am a firm believer in "Oatmeal!" She is kind of big for me to bathe in it, but, I mix oatmeal flour with water and dap it on her hot spots and within 24 hours they're gone! You might want to try oatmeal shampoo for dogs.

For food, and skin conditions, you may want to consider raw diet. I do not feed raw, but many here do and have lots of good results. So, you may want to check that out!

I wish you all the best and hope your baby (and you) gets relief soon!
 

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Thank you for replying. I am getting some oatmeal shampoo for dogs tomorrowy baby is to precious for her skin to look like this. When we saw her it was love at first sight. From the looks of her,we knew she had allergies,but when we looked into her eyes,we had to have her!!
 
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