You might have a little better luck getting Baloo to take Salmon Oil
rather than Flaxseed Oil. The concept is the same: to increase the intake of Essential Fatty Acids like Omega 3's, Omega 6's, and Omega 9's. Don't get me wrong, Flaxseed oil is one of THE HIGHEST sourses for EFAs, but, well, it tastes like grass seeds!
-- Gee, imagine that, oil from a grass seed tastes like ... grass seed!! I use it for my rats, though. They just LOVE it, but then, they're rats.
They LIKE seeds (although they don't get them very often because they're so high in protien).
I tried using it with Punk when he was having his bout with mange. I'd put it on his food but he just wouldn't eat it. It was obvious he was hungry at meal time, and he'd be waitin' there, "dancing"... and then when I'd squirt the Flaxseed Oil on his food he just got this look of --
"awwww, mom. :extreme boo-boo lip: What'd ya go and do that for?" Then he'd get a very dejected look on his face like I just ruined everything, and he's walk away and flop on the floor. So, I had to change to Extra Virgin Olive Oil. THAT he took, although grudgingly. If I could have gotten ahold of some Salmon Oil, I think he would have taken that with much more gusto. If you can get ahold of either Salmon Oil, or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, be sure and get the stuff that's packaged in a light proof container
such as a CAN. <-- MUCHO IMPORTANTE!! EFA's are light sensitive and break down in direct (sun?)light. SO! Get the COLD PRESSED stuff in a CAN. ALSO, keep the Salmon Oil, as well as Flaxseed Oil, in the fridge! They can spoil at room temp. With Extra Virgin Olive Oil, room temp storage is fine, but not with the other two.
Man, wishing you and Baloo the best of luck in dealing with this. We had Punk on Ivomec, given orally every day, for eight weeks. When we stopped his coat still didn't look good, but within a week I saw an imporvement. Within two weeks I saw great imporvement. He's been off the (daily) Ivomec now for about twelve weeks and so far, so good.
Hang in there.