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    Unhappy Mousey Poodle

    Hi, I have just joined this forum in the hope that someone out there may have had some experience with a very distressing skin condition know as seborrhoea - lots of itching, flaky skin, very unpleasant smell ( a very strong mousey smell) which no amount of washing will relieve. My mini poodle Zak has this condition and it is driving us nuts. If anyone out there knows of any effective treatments or shampoos we would be eternally grateful for the information. He is on a fairly plain diet, raw lamb meat, chicken necks, lamb liver and kidney, Dr harrys dry food for sensitive skin.

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    I would suggest a medicated shampoo, there is usually an underlying cause such as bacterial or fungal infection in the skin.

    I use Triocil medicated shampoo, I think it's fantastic, it's about $20 a bottle but treats both bacterial and fungal infections as well as soothes the itching and gets rid of dandruff.

    Coal Tar shampoo is a cheaper alternative... it won't get rid of the infection but it will ease the itching.

    Next thing I would do in increase the oils in the dogs diet. Some thing as simple as a tablespoon of vegetable oil added to the food a few times a week can be enough but if you are willing to spend a little more cash omega 3 oils are the way to go.
    You can buy fish oil capsules from chemists but if you go that route you will need to increase the amount of Vitamin E in the diet as well.

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    Thanks, crested love for your reply. I didn,t think anyone was going to talk to me for a while there. I am going to try the shampoo you suggested. I have previously tried Malaseb, but it seemed a little harsh and didn't really seem to work. I have given him fish oil capsules but that didn't seem to work either. I thought maybe the quality of the oil in the capsules was not high enough to have any effect. I have since started him on quality evening primrose oil capsules, I read somewhere that the GLA (gamma -linolenic acid ) they contain is helpful for this condition - have you ever heard of that. Any way will definitely try the triocil shampoo and maybe another course of fish oil as well as evening primrose. Thanks again for your advise.

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    I would be really looking at diet. Cut out any grains (soy/corn/wheat etc)- go back to basics for a couple of weeks (meat and bones- or google BARF). Have a good read of the ingredients of the kibble- I bet there are grains in it.
    Food sesitivities can play havic with skin.

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    would rice be an issue? for a little dog with a skin problem that sounds like this one.

    i cook brown rice and vegetables (carrot, celery and broccoli) and add raw meat just before serving.

    i use an omega rich oil on her food as well, recommended by the vet.

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