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17th August 2007, 01:13 PM
As I was brushing Molly this morning I noticed that she has developed very flaky skin and has a lot of 'dandruff'. She's 9 weeks old - is this a normal 'puppy symptom' or should I be concerned??

17th August 2007, 02:24 PM
Take her to the vet for a skin scrape -- this could very likely be rabbit mites and need to be treated. May also just be dry skin. A good quality food (eg not from the supermarket; I'd recommend JamesWellbeloved for dry skin issues) will help. :thmbsup:

17th August 2007, 02:53 PM
She's fed on Hills science plan and I've started to add a little olive oil to it on the advice of the vet for a healthy coat. Tara actually gave me a bag of the James Wellbeloved to try but have already changed her food once so didn't want to change again so quickly. I managed to speak to vet this afternoon and she told me that its quite normal for puppies to shed dead skin cells and to just keep up with the regular brushing as it acts as a kind of exfoliator :)

17th August 2007, 04:33 PM
Oh that's good that you got some direct vet feedback; they'd know if she was likely to have any problems as they must have seen her recently anyway. With rabbit mites they get dry flakes and scratch a lot. Puppies often have this; Jaspar did.

Cathy Moon
20th August 2007, 03:06 AM
India had dry, flaky skin when she was a puppy. The vet gave us 3V Caps Skin Formula for her, and her problem went away.

20th August 2007, 09:42 PM
Actually took Molly to the vet today and she said there's no infection and advised me to give her a daily dose of cod liver oil mixed in with her food to relieve the dry skin. Also, had her weighed and she's up to 5 kilo's!!! Can't believe how much she's grown in 2 weeks. She's adorable :luv:

20th August 2007, 10:18 PM
Great news.:D

Cathy Moon
21st August 2007, 12:29 AM
Wonderful! :)

21st August 2007, 04:32 AM
I noticed Reggie has "dandruff" after his bath today. I'm thinking maybe we didn't get all the soap out? We already went through scratching a lot and after skin scrapes, etc, we found out it was us not getting the soap out when we were bathing him. He's 4 1/2 months old.