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Both of my dogs have wicked dry skin. The shampoo I use for them is for sensitive skin, but they are still itchy. They aren't itching in any one spot, it's pretty much all over. I've heard of people putting something into the food, but I don't recall what it is they put into it. Any suggestions?

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Various fatty acid supplements can be added to the diet, but this can be kind of a balancing act, as maintaining the appropriate ratio is important. Omega-6 fatty acids are necessary to produce a nice coat, but too much can cause itching. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to help control inflammation and itching.

Fatty Acids and the Diet
Fatty Acids for Allergies and Dry Skin in Dogs

If too much bathing is a problem, there are ways to freshen the dogs up without a full bath. Some people use baby wipes and some use a little bit of Listerine on a damp cloth. Keeping ears and teeth clean will cut down on doggie odor.
 

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Thank you!

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If by dry skin you observe lots of dry flacky dandruff than another possibility is the Seborrhea, While basset that do tend to suffer from seborhhea tend to have the oily form oily coat with dandruff, there is a dry form as well it is something worth considering. Oil supplement won't help seborrhea.

What is seborrhea?

Primary seborrhea is an inherited disorder of the skin in which the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), the sebaceous glands, and part of the hair follicles are hyperproductive. The rate of cell turnover in these tissues is significantly increased, causing excessive production of scale (dry flakes of skin) and sebum (fatty lubricating substance). Seborrhea oleosa is the more greasy form while seborrhea sicca is a dryer form. Many dogs have a combination of both types. Chronic waxy ear infections (otitis externa) also occur commonly as part of this disorder.

...Primary seborrhea is most commonly seen in the American cocker spaniel, West Highland white terrier, English springer spaniel, and Basset hound.

...Early evidence of the disorder such as mild flaking and dullness of the coat may appear as young as 10 weeks of age. Because these signs are subtle, they often go unnoticed. However, usually by a year to 18 months, the signs have become pronounced. Affected dogs commonly have a dull coat with excessive scaling, a greasy feel and smell to the skin (especially in areas of body folds), smelly waxy ears which may be infected, thickening of the foot pads, and dry brittle claws. Some breeds (West Highland white terrier, cocker spaniel, springer spaniel, Basset hound, Shar-pei) are more prone to the greasy form of seborrhea (seborrhea oleosa) with chronic ear infections and greasy skin, while others (Doberman pinscher, Irish setter) are more likely to develop the dryer form (seborrhea sicca)

Dogs with seborrhea are prone to secondary infections, either bacterial or yeast, and frequently develop skin lesions and associated itching. This condition is called seborrheic dermatitis. Scratching leads to worsening of the lesions and spread of the infection.[/b]
 

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My dogs do not smell any worse than any other dog I've known. Their coats is normal, they just have dandruff.

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