My 13 1/2 week old Cocker Spaniel's name is Geneveive, and she is scratching! This is my very first puppy, and I am apt to take very good care of her, but I don't know what is going on. She isn't from a "top of the line" breeder, and her coat isn't very thick and lush, but rather thin and dry. When ever I brush her she sheds dandruff. We check for fleas and only found one (but I assume where there is one, there are millions!!!! I HATE fleas!), so I RAN to the pet store and got some flea treatment and put it on her when I got home. (Then washed her the day after. Haven't seen a single flea since
) I do think this is related to her diet, but I'm not sure. I'm feeding her Purina, but I will be weaning her off it asap. (I know Purina is a no-no! But that was what the breeder was feeding her, and I got her just last week) Maybe there are some oils I can put on her temporarily? Any products you think would help?
This seems like a simple problem, so I want to avoid taking her to the vet, but I will if I must. Anyone know what to do?
Thanks a million!
I also have a Cocker and I rescued him from the local humane society here back in September of 2011. He had to be completely shaved down because he was badly matted and he had skin issues like yeast/bacterial skin infection and kennel cough. I took him to our vet who put him on antibiotics, prednisone for his kennel cough, and a medication called ketoconazole which did the trick and he's over all that stuff now. For flea control, I use the Comfortis flea pill that I get from our vet once a month and it works great for Casper. (Our cat Louis is also on Comfortis and since my cat has severe allergies to fleas/flea bites, the Comfortis is the best thing for him.) Of course, you should use what you feel is the best flea control for your Cocker puppy, as well as what your vet recommends. The vet and I also recently figured out that Casper has allergies to wheat/gluten/grains because he was itching like crazy and his coat and skin were not as good as they should have been. Therefore, I put him on Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-free Chicken Recipe for Adult Dogs and he seems to really like it a lot, too, because he practically inhales it when I feed him!
This dog food was recommended to me by a woman who works at our local Pet Smart. I also have friends who feed their dogs Blue Buffalo and their dogs' coats look great. Also, another person here at this website told me that Blue Buffalo is a good food as well. However, since I just started Casper on the Blue Buffalo, only time will tell but all is well so far. If I am not mistaken, I think that Blue Buffalo has a dry dog food that is for puppies and it's called Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-free Chicken Recipe for Puppies.
Anyway, I hope what I have shared about my Cocker helps you to make an informed decision on what's best for your Cocker puppy. Good luck to you and Genevieve, too.