Our cocker spaniel has an itchy skin problem. We make his food with special oats, fresh vegetables (usually broccoli or cauliflower) and sweet potato with hot water. We also supplement this with Life''s Abundance from HealthyPetNet. He has been to our veterinarian on many occasions, had a year''s worth of shots from an allergist, and we''ve given him two Benadryls a day. The itching seems no worse, but not much better. Can you help Homer?
J.L.L., Naples, FL May 31, 2009
One of the most common skin problems in cocker spaniels is linked to deficiency in Vitamin A and essential fatty acids. I strongly advise that you give your dog up to a tablespoon of cod-liver or flaxseed oil with Vitamin A supplement capsules daily. Consult with your veterinarian about possible concurrent thyroid disease that could be aggravated by feeding cauliflower and broccoli. Trace-element supplements of zinc and selenium may also help, as well as twice-a-month bathing with medicated (human) Selsun Blue shampoo.