Coat & Skin Disorders - Dryness
Although coat dryness isn't usually caused by serious problems on the inside, it sure does reflect some kind of deficiencies or wrong balance of certain nutrients - fat, protein, vitamins A, B, and some other minerals minerals.
Your Schnauzer's coat has lost its shine, brittle or dry; his hair sheds more than usual and he may scratch a lot.
How it works?
Clinical procedures will diagnose the underlying cause of the dryness of the coat. The only effective and radical solution to skin and coat disorders caused by nutrition deficieny is to improve your Schnauzer's diet. Your vet may also prescribe extra vitamin A or fatty acids for your pet, which could be helpful too.
Chemical additives and preservatives of most commercial dog foods are said to be responsible for some types of coat dryness. Switching to homemade diet or all-natural commercial dog food such as Canidae, Innova, Orijen, Solid Gold and Wysong etc are a wise move.
Adding digestive enzymes made specifically for pets e.g. Bio Zyme, Vet-Zime, Prozyme or FloraZyme, to your Schnauzer's food will improve his digestion and aid in the absorption of all nutrients in the food, especially protein and fat, which can be hard to digest for some senior dogs. With the help of digestive enzymes, the shine of your dog's coat would be restored.
Another good alternative to restore a healthy coat for your Schnauzer is adding fatty acids to his diet. Supplements with a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids helped my Miniature Schnauzer restore a shine and density of his coat soon after he was given the supplement. Look for supplements containing fish or flaxseed oil which are also known to be anti-inflammatory and useful in improving skin health. Solid Gold Flaxseed Oil and Only Natural Pet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil are two of the preferred choices. Animal Essentials Fish Oil Plus Gel Caps and Thorne Research Omega Plus are two other options in soft gel form.
Kelp (seaweed) is a herb that contains important traces of minerals and amino acids which help clear up dry skin and dull coats and aid in thyroid function. But kelp should never be used on its own unless combined with other seaweeds. Solid Gold Seameal and Only Natural Pet Kelp Boost do a great job in improving skin and coat condition and in other functions.
Skin and Coat
TonicHorsetail and bladderwrack are natural substances that known to support healthy skin. With the support of dandelion and spirulina which help detoxify and cleanse the body, PetAlive Skin and Coat Tonic is an effective natural remedy to skin dryness and restore the shine to your Schnauzer's coat.
Vitamin A is also responsible for the maintenance of skin and improves immunity to infections. You can give your Schnauzer vitamin A supplement under your vet's recommended dosage.
Never use human shampoos or conditioners on your pet. The best options are those hypoallergenic shampoos designed specifically for dogs which can stimulate the skin to produce more oils by itself. Doc Ackerman's Herbal Colloidal Oatmeal Shampoo, an all-natural shampoo for dogs, can be used for itching, dryness, scaling of dandruff, and certain types of dermatitis.
Dogs respond to supplements and alternative treatments differently. Consult your vet before applying any of these remedies or making any dietary changes to your Schnauzer. Dogs known to have other medical conditions should only receive alternative treatments or supplements under the supervision of your vet. In any case, supplements should be introduced gradually and, preferably, only one new supplement at a time.