A few months ago I took my 1 y/o Black Lab Mix (rescue) to a "Bathe-it-yourself" place. She hadn't had a bath in a while, and had been playing a lot with her best friend (lots of mouthing each other) so she stunk!! I used their shampoo & their rubber shampoo brush and thought I did a great job. Since it was cold outside, I made sure I dried her thoroughly. As a volunteer at a rescue, I was taught to run the dryer nozzle against the growth a few times to inspect the skin for infestations, rashes, bites, or any other abnormalities, and I did that with my girl. I found nothing odd.
Two days later it looked like her hair wasn't lying right. When I ran my hand over her back I could feel many bumps. Upon further inspection, I found scabbing. Some in clusters, some alone, large and small. Most were concentrated on her back. I was freaking out, but they hadn't seemed to bother her - no discomfort, no scratching, nothing. Not even when I was separating the hair for closer inspection. I immediately made a vet appointment. Her fur seemed to be falling out quite easily, as it was all over the exam table, but she didn't have any bald spots or anything. They ran tests, did a few skin scrapes and ruled out any kind of mite infection. We got our antibiotic, and within a week she seemed better. We decided it was probably a reaction to the shampoo at the place. Fast forward 2 months, and it's time for another bath -- this time I brought my own shampoo! Washed and dried thoroughly, no skin lesions with my blow-dryer inspection. Two days later -- scabbing again!
I use an oatmeal-based puppy shampoo, so I didn't think that it would be too harsh for her, and I don't bathe her too often. She's 18 months old, I got her when she was 5 months old, and she has only had 6-7 baths. She eats Fromme brand food (and always has), green beans and a tbl of coconut oil at each meal time (& .5 tsp DE at breakfast). Her treats are usually veggies or fruit (carrots, spinach, apples, etc), or holistic/organic treats from the store. Fresh water at her disposal always.
Right now her shedding is normal, but she has minor "dandruff" sometimes. The scabs are gone again, but she's going to need a bath soon. Do I try yet ANOTHER brand of shampoo? Do I need to use conditioner, or a dandruff shampoo? Should I up her coconut oil intake? Apply the coconut oil directly to her skin? Is it from the DE?
I am open to any suggestions, ponderings, criticizms, answers, etc.
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