CrystalWater's Petey ( Petey )

Yorkie has dry skin

I've been noticeing my Yorkie has very bad dandruff/dry flakey skin, he has a short haircut and not many brains for getting out of the sun. I went to buy some Flaxseed oil to mix into his food but the store didn't have any so I purchased a very good "Brown Rice Bran Oil", it has impressive numbers (very similar to Vitamin E). Do you think this will help and I'm not sure how much to give him mixed into his meals, he is 10 lbs.
Thanks! Petey's guardian.

Asked by CrystalWater's Petey ( Petey ) on May 23rd 2009 Tagged food, skin in Food & Nutrition
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As Dieta mentioned the food might be an issue. As for grain free foods being based on speculation that couldn't be farther from the truth. Dogs don't need grains, they don't need carbs. Grain free diets are a wonderful thing.

Fish body oil would be better then flax seed,
or olive oil because it is animal based. It is much easier for dogs to get benefit from animal based than plant.

Fish Oil or Salmon Oil: An important source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3 EFAs are beneficial to the immune system, the nervous system, the heart, and help stop inflammation, such as in arthritis and allergies. They also support brain development of puppies and fetuses. This is probably the most important supplement to give, no matter what you feed, as Omega-3 EFAs are hard to find even in a natural diet, and are highly perishable when exposed to heat, light or air, so they do not survive in commercial foods even if added. Omega-3 EFAs are found in fish body oil, not liver oil. They are also found in flax seed oil, although that form is not as well utilized and some dogs can be allergic to flax. Recommended amount is 1000 mg fish oil (containing 300 mg combined EPA/DHA) per 30 pounds (14 kg) of body weight. Maximum dosage for dogs with health problems would be 1000 mg fish oil (300 mg EPA/DHA) per 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of body weight. You can also use sardines in place of fish oil supplements; one small sardine supplies over 100 mg EPA/DHA. Vitamin E should also be given whenever oils are supplemented (even small amounts are adequate, but highest recommended dosage would be 100 IU per day for small dogs, 200 IU for medium-sized dogs, and 400 IU for large dogs). Note that fish oil is not the same as cod liver oil, which is high in vitamins A and D. Never add cod liver oil to a commercial diet, as they are already high in vitamin D, and too much is harmful.

answered on May 27th.

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Miss Priss

Hi Petey and pet parent: I don't know much about Brown rice bran oil....never used it.
I mostly tell folks to take 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil ( pure olive oil) / or 1 teaspoon of Pure Salmon oil..
To help the coat - you may want to do grain-free feeding ; Many Yorkies do better on a quality grain free food ;
here are some food links and dry skin links for you to check out:
Boxer with dry skin and coat
French bulldog skin problems:

Miss Priss answered on 5/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I would choose olive oil over the flax or brown rice oil.
And what food does he normally eat? That could be the whole problem to start with.
You may want to eliminate grains, corns ect, so that his skin and coat are healthy inside and out.
Just a sprinkle of olive oil over food is fine, no more than 2 tsp for little guy.

Dieta answered on 5/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Feed a decent chow and as little else as possible, seldom if ever bathe the dog, and brush it daily with a soft bristled brush. You might add a half teaspoon a day of liquid cooking oil to its food. There is nothing but speculation and anecdotes to back grain free food or fish oil. Olive oil is much lower in the linoleic acid dogs need for their skin and coats, and fish oil doesn't have any.

Aster answered on 5/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer