I love Schnauzers and have been breeding them for over a decade. Our dogs are kept in our home and treated as pets, kept up-to-date on shots and provided good veterinary care. Then suddenly ALL of my dogs were having yeast ear infections which I knew was something they could not catch from each other AND most but not all were licking and vigorously gnawing at the pads of their feet. So in order to figure out what to avoid in my next food, I had to figure out what was causing the problem. He has little white dots all over his coat on his back. He's coat is beautiful, shiney but I can't seem to get rid of the dandrif like flakes on his back. THE VET CAN CHECK THEN AND SUGGEST SOME FOOD ADDITIVES FOR DRY SKIN IN PUPPIES. See the quality breeding in our Schnauzers at loved visiting and seeing all your sweet Schnauzers. I had been using Wellness dog food for about 2 years with great results. Is there anything I can do for this without giving him a medication? THERE ARE FOOD ADDITIVES THAT CAN HELP HYDRATE SKIN, FIRST YOU HAVE TO BE SURE HE DOES NOT HAVE A SKIN DISEASE SINCE WE DON'T KNOW WHERE HE CAME FROM. HE SHOULD BE GOING TO THE VETS FOR A CHECK UP IF SHE JUST GOT HIM OR 2ND SET OF VACS.
First on the subject of schnauzer bumps.....the years going back over 20 years as just a one mini schnauzer pet owner and up to owning many mini schnauzers through my breeding years, I have only had ONE dog have bumps. It was then that it dawned on me that the bumps started around the time I changed food.
I hadn't connected the bumps with the food but right after switching away from that food the bumps went away.
Well, when the bumps started I had been exploring so called premium foods.
First of all, Wellness was bought out by a new company and sadly sooooo many things were added to the ingredient list that wasn't there before which made it impossible to narrow down by comparison. SOMETIMES A LITTLE TINY BIT OF VEGETABLE OIL OR OLIVE OIL ON HIS FOOD WILL HELP WITH THE DRY SKIN. EVEN WITH A GOOD GRADE SHAMPOO IT STILL CAN BE DRYING TO A PUPPY'S SKIN.
I did discover that was causes this problem is an over abundance of starch in the food......things like peas, potatoes etc. CHAT LATER, GLORIA Hi Cat, found your site here while looking for info in general. I live on a partially wooded acre with no fencing needed, even with deer roaming around.
In and of themselves they are not bad and add fiber and calories but too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing and because these items are also cheap, they are used in abundance as fillers....yes, even in the so called "premium" food. I just hate to see people's dog's having such miserable problems that are diet related which means when the owner turns to the vet, they get no relief OR their dog gets medicated which is only a band-aide to the problem. Medications come with side effects so when its as simple as changing the diet and not only is problem solved but dog healthier and no medication....... I have 2 mini's Capi(short for capitan) she was 7 on Valentines day.
The starch turns to sugar in the body which feeds the yeast creating an over abundance of bad yeast in the body. the 2nd mini was 6 this August, his name is Sparky. since hubby and I are both disabled vets and pinch pennies, I've learned to take care of most everything except emergencies.
In the meantime what one can do for the ears is add a little vinegar to the ear cleaner and give the ears a good flushing out. That has to be done from the inside out by changing diet. Both are from different breeders, but they have the same grandfather. I have read most of the posts for asking/answering questions and can share some things I've learned in the last 7 years.
Dogs are somewhat like humans every dog likes, and responds differently.
When my female Capi was about a year old she started to throw up, and this got to be more frequent.
I had taken her to the vet and they said she must have eaten something. I started to watch her every move while walking her.