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    Hi there,

    I am new to this forum.

    We have a 9 week old English Staffy Pup, ever since we have had him he has had flakey skin/dandruff?

    We washed him over the weekend to see if this would help but it has seemed to make it a bit worse for him?

    What do we do?

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    Is he blue?

    Sometimes black dogs can get dandruff (or scurf) as well. It certainly shows up more on blacks!!

    Dry skin like this can often respond well to some minor changes with diet. What does pup eat?

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    I was going to ask the same as Nattylou... what does the dog eat?

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Is he blue?

    Sometimes black dogs can get dandruff (or scurf) as well. It certainly shows up more on blacks!!

    Dry skin like this can often respond well to some minor changes with diet. What does pup eat?
    Hi there,

    thank you for your reply, he is brindle and white so yes is shows up a lot its kind gross. We brought dry food from the vets, royal something they recommended this for him. Before we went to vet we where feeding him wet food and dry super coat dog food.

    We have washed him once with proper shampoo and it just getting worse.

    thanks for your help

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    Hi there,

    thank you for your reply also, he is brindle and white so yes is shows up a lot its kind of gross. We brought dry food from the vets, royal something they recommended this for him. Before we went to vet we where feeding him wet food and dry super coat dog food.

    We have washed him once with proper shampoo and it just getting worse.

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    Have you seen the vet about it? Your pup could be allergic to a number of things. Staffies commonly have skin issues, sometimes it relates to the grains in their dry food, in the past we have found beef can also cause issues??

    You could try swapping over to a holistic food which is grain free, black hawk is one I know a lot of people recommend.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Was he ok before you started the new food? There could be something in the new food that he doesn't like. There are many many different varieties of Royal Canin dog food, and you would need to get one that is right for your dog (doesn't give him dandruff or itchy skin).

    And if you do change the food you need to do it bit by bit swapping the old food for the new food, not all at once. Especially with puppies.

    And sometimes the itchies come with the environment - ie this time of year is really bad with lots of flowering grasses and pollens and insects or mites in the grass. I put a tarp out so my dog can lie on that instead of the grass and she gets less itchy that way.

    Did you ask the puppy's breeder about what to feed? If their dogs are ok on the food they feed, it might be worth trying that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishstaffy View Post
    We have washed him once with proper shampoo and it just getting worse.
    Welcome to the forum!
    I agree that it could be food related. Have a look at some of the good information on this site: Dr Bruces Vets All Natural - Natural Pet Products, Healthy Pets - Home

    Don't wash your pup unless he needs it. Washing can remove the natural oils from the dog's coat and make it dry.
    When you do bath your pup make sure you use a soap free dog shampoo and conditioner.
    Brush pup a couple of times a week.

    It will take a while to sort out the problem, so keep in touch and let us know how you go

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    I wouldn't change food again. It might be just the change in diet, it might be just a growing thing. If it's just scurf with no itching then you can try adding a little oily fish to his food - sardines or mackerel in vegetable oil (not in brine or salt).

    Royal Canin is a good food. Stick with it for a while. If it gets worse after another two weeks have another look at it, but changes to the skin surface can take a few weeks to come through, so the dryness may still be from his old food, or from hormonal changes through mum's milk when he was tiny etc etc.

    Rather than wash him, you can try brushing him. A great brush would be a rubber mitt, looks like a rubber mitten with bumps on it. Get one from a pet or horse supplies shop. He will look worse at first as it loosens the dead skin. A rub down with a piece of real sheepskin or even a good chamois can also really boost oil production in the skin.

    I used to have a black Saluki for a time and he used to get bad dandruff on and off. The best thing I found was a rinse of diluted brown vinegar. About 1 part to 10 of water. Keep it away from his eyes and face, but just slosh it over his body and leave it to dry. We used to use the same thing on black short coated dairy goats for shows.

    He will smell like a fish and chip shop at first, but only until it dries. It is a great way to restore Ph balance to the skin. Most soaps and shampoos are alkalising, and many foods are too.

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    Thank you all for the replies.

    we took him to the vet last night as it was our first night of puppy school the vet didn't know that was causing this so we decided not to put him in the class with all the other puppies in case it was contagious.

    We have stopped him on the royal canin food at the moment just to see if it was that and we also got a oatmeal shampoo and a conditioner for him to see if this will help.

    He doesn't seem to be scratching at all, its just so gross everytime you rough his fur up it flakes off everywhere lol.

    It also could have been the cheaper puppy dry food but not sure we are ruling one thing out at a time I guess to what it is. we might try the vinegar thing see if that will help to.

    thank you again

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