Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Black Labrador Retriever has a slight problem with Dry Skin

Subject: My black lab pup(5mos. old) has a slight problem with dry skin.

From: Jeff (USA)

Labrador Retriever Name: Riley

Reader's E-mail - Jeff Writes:

My black lab pup(5mos. old) has a slight problem with dry skin. Is there a easy dietary fix?


All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Jeff,

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer:

Dry skin and coat can say a lot about your Labrador Retriever's health. There’s a broad array of factors that can lead to excessive dry, flaky skin in your Labrador Retriever such as: not getting enough of the right types of fatty acids in their diet, parasites, bathing frequently, poor quality diet, environmental factors, fungal infections, and allergies to name a few. It's very important to eliminate specific causes of dry skin before beginning treatment.

As for dietary fixes, here are some things that may be of help:

1. Make sure you are feeding your Labrador Retriever a healthy diet that fulfills their dietary needs. If you need a recommendation for a good commercial food just ask. I'm also going to provide you with a link to a website called The Dog Food Project that provides outstanding information in regards to food and your Labrador Retriever:

The Dog Food Project -

2. Supplementation with omega fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) are critical to total body health. These fatty acids play a vital role in the structure of cell membranes, help to maintain healthy skin and coat, support the immune system, and promote proper growth and development of the nervous system.

3. Supplementation with Probiotics which are live cultures found in yogurt which will help out in maintaining and increasing the good flora (bacteria) of the gut.

Here's a helpful article on probiotics:

The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Pet -

You could also supplement your Labrador Retriever's diet with regular, non-flavored yogurt with live cultures including ‘Lactobacillus Acidophilus’ daily. Make sure there are no sugars or sweeteners in it. You could add it to his food, or your can use it in the Kong toys if you use them. One reader of this blog stuffs it into the Kong toys and freezes it.

Hope this is of some help to you Jeff. If you have further questions, please ask.

Take care of yourself and your Labrador Retriever


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Dogo Argentino Puppy January 13, 2010 4:41 PM  

Very informative and useful article. I heard that chicory root is a good natural source of probiotics.

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