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Thread: Fish Oil and Vitamin E supplements

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    Question Fish Oil and Vitamin E supplements

    I have two ChihuahuaPomeranian cross breeds that I absolutely adore, a male (Zeus) and a female (Lacey). Recently my male (will be 3 in April) he's become really itchy, I've noticed it probably over the last 6 months. I've ruled out the obvious (fleas and ticks) and checked his skin for dryness or flaky patches but can't see anything out of the ordinary. At first I thought it was just a winter thing as he lives mostly indoors and I thought maybe the heater was drying his skin out. I started to wash him in an oatmeal shampoo (recommended to me by a groomer) and that helped with itching immediately after baths. But he's still really itchy and I think it's getting worse.

    I read recently that Fish oil supplements can improve skin conditions in dogs but I'm not sure how to use them. Do I need to see a vet to be prescribed the right amount or is their a way to work it out myself? Obviously if my poor baby's condition doesn't improve I will take him to a vet because I'm sure it's not at all nice to be itchy half of the time. Also I read that you have to supplement vitamin E if you give your dogs fish oil.

    My male weighs about 6kg and my female weighs around 2.2kg. If anyone could help me out with the right dosage or any advice I'd be really grateful. Thanks.

    Oh and just on a side note I know food can cause allergies too but they both eat 'Nature's Gift' canned food. I've read the ingredients and there isn't anything unusual in it. It's just meat and vegetables. But if anyone has a bad experience with this dog food that would also be helpful.

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    Geelong, Vic


    if you are using a commercial animal oil then the dosages are on the side, I find Sprinter Gold Energy E oil to be the best, your dogs would need 1/2 tsp a day with their food. As for their diets, it could be a lack of supportive minerals and vitamins causing the itching, the canned food although OK is very lacking as it is a highly processed product. I would look into something like either a good dry to add to the diet like Royal Canin Mini range, or go for the Dr Bruces Vets All Natural - Natural Pet Products, Healthy Pets - Home diet which you can add whichever protein your dogs like. I know a lot of people who have found it good for their dogs and skin especially.

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    Thanks for the advice.

    I went to a pet supply store and picked up a bottle of an Omega blend by the All Natural brand. While I was there one of the sales ladies told me that they have a lot of dogs come in who are allergic to raw chicken/beef. I don't feed my dogs a lot of raw beef or chicken (just scraps when cutting meat every couple of months). She suggested I change my dry food as I was feeding him Supercoat beef flavour and she said a lot of the dogs that come in can't eat it. I changed to the sensitive formula (no beef or chicken, just fish and other nutrients). She said I was doing a good job by feeding in Nature's Gift as it's all natural but I think I might change his food to be on the safe side and try the product you recommended. Right now though he has new dry food, I'm trying not to feed him a lot of beef or chicken and I'm going to take him for 2 daily walks instead of 1 as I read it can help allergies.

    Once again thanks for the advice! I hope my little boy stops itching soon.

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