chewalotopus wrote:ah, yes, I forgot about the supplements. I will have to try those. her coat has always been shiny; it's just rough in some places - and a lot of the other pit pups in our socialization class have coats that are much softer than hers, period. maybe I'll ask their owners their secrets, too...
Some supplements to try... Missing Link (which has flax seed and omega 3's for skin and coat health), Solid Gold Seameal (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com
), and human grade flax oil, salmon or fish oil (sold in caplet form). Pet grade derm caps might be okay, but you also don't always know the quality of the ingredients.
I know that Solid Gold makes an Aloe Vera coat conditioner that might help soothe her dry skin, and you can find that on their website as well. They have a whole page dedicated specifically for skin and coat health: http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showcat.php?cat=4
Cloud Star (http://www.cloudstar.com/
) makes some very good doggy shampoo products (Buddy Wash, Buddy Rinse, and Buddy Bath Bars) that are made with gentle ingredients. The buddy bath bar has oatmeal in it (which is great for soothing the skin) and smells great. So do their liquid shampoo and conditioner.
Also, there are waterless shampoos that help the skin and coat retain their important oils, but do clean up your dog and will help keep her smelling clean in between soap and water baths. Vetbasis (http://www.vetbasis.com/
) makes one that smells terriffic, and if you do a search for "waterless shampoo for dogs," you should find others as well.
Sorry I didn't write all of this sooner--it's been a busy week!