LABfan Zac’s Question:
I have a 5 year old black lab and her skin is very dry and flaky. Is there anything I can do to help her out? It smells awful and makes the house stink no matter how often we clean!
It’s a Lab Thing:
I can personally say that Brody went through something very similar as well as Saban when we first started Fostering him. They also were shedding more than usual as well. We took a number of steps to help resolve the problem, but what we found was that the type of food we were feeding Brody was playing a major role. The quality of his original food had been downgraded so we switched to a Acana Grain-Free Pacifica that is high in fish and Omega-3. Plus we added some skin and coat supplements just to give a little extra umpff. 😉
We found the addition of supplements really helped in repairing Saban’s coat, which was a dry, brittle and stinky when we first started fostering him. Now with the combination of quality food and supplements their coats are soft and shiny. The Shedding has been minimized as well. We have switched from the crushable tablets to Cloud Star’s Dynamo Skin & Coat treats. Makes it a lot more convenient.
I have also heard of some other home remedies as well.
Additionally, be careful how many times you give them a bath. Harsh soaps and frequent baths are not good for a Lab’s skin and coat too.