Dandruff: Shedding or Food?
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Ember is shedding her seasonal coat, which is all fine and well. But this week she has gotten some REALLY bad dandruff. Several people petting her have commented on it. Looks like she's been rolling in the sand. She only sheds twice a year, so this is our third time through this (the first two of which were highly stress-based and I consider atypical).

She's been on Fresh Pet Vital roll food for probably two months now. She ADORES this food, goes crazy. But I'm not sure it's the best for her. I haven't been able to afford the raw stuff she usually gets because we are moving in a month and I really need to save.

I'm going to try coconut oil in her breakfast along with some greek yogurt and some fish/eggs (something we've neglected this year so far, just because I got lazy with Kairo around).

Back to the dandruff - I know this could be food based, but can it happen with shedding solely? I'm planning to get her groomed (professionally, my bathroom just isn't suited for it).
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Do you add fish oil or coconut oil to her food.
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#3
I had in the past, but not this year. I can start again. Sardines/Salmon in the food, coconut oil when those aren't in it.

She did have salmon based treats for two weeks (last week and the week before), but they were cooked. They did have coconut oil in them (a tablespoon for the whole batch, but the smelled of it individually). But I'm guessing this has not been enough?
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When Zoe is in full on shedding phase she has small patches of "dandruff". Once she is done with the heaviest of shedding it is gone. 
I do brush her daily during this time. Start to finish it can take up to 2 weeks before she is done blowing her coat.
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Okay cool! I do need to brush her too. Did you ever get that Sleekez you ordered? What did you think of it? It's all I have right now but I can go get her another brush.
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I did get the Sleekez. I have used it and my undercoat rake with rotating pins. (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Evolution-W6110-Grooming-Undercoat-Rake-with-Rotating-Teeth-Double-Row/38091734?) Similar to this one. 

You told me on your Sleekez the "teeth bar" was slightly bent, mine is not. The results I am seeing between the two products is the Sleekez, IMO, does get more of the fine undercoat than the undercoat rake. I can get more out in a shorter time with the Sleekez than the undercoat rake. The dogs don't mind being groomed by either product. 
I don't find that Sleekez is harming their coats like a furminator either. 
I am happy with the Sleekez and will continue to use both products because the undercoat rake works better on the pants and tail areas. 

Something I have done in the past with a dog is to mix some Avon Skin So Soft with water in a spray bottle and spray the dog before brushing. It not only kept the flies and mosquitoes off but helped his dry skin. It might help Ember too.
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Low humidity can dry the skin, too. I have a liquid lanolin product for the horses that you add a few drops to a spray bottle full of water and mist them with before brushing. It works great on the dogs, cats, ferrets, and even the parrot(though I don't brush the parrot...).
Gotta love 'em.
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