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I have always loved poodles. I love their curly coats and they are so smart. I bought my little boy Riley a few weeks ago from a family that spent a lot of money for him, but decided they just didn't want him. He loves people and his squeaky toy. I rescued a little girl poodle yesterday. She is in horrible shape. The owners attempted to shave her, so parts of her body is shaved to the skin, her face and head are still fluffy, and her ears were big matts. Her skin is dry and flaky, but she's not scratching thank goodness. She has a scar on her back where a pit bull attacked her. She will never have hair there. She is one big mess, but the sweetest girl ever. She is actually up to date on her shots, I gave her a bath yesterday, cut the matts out of her ears, wormed her and applied flea control. Any suggestions on improving her skin and coat would be very appreciated.
 

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Hi and Welcome to the forum! Wow, new to poodles and you are jumping in with both feet, huh? Congratulations on both of your poodles. Give us details (until you can post photos, of course). What size are they? Names, ages, colors, etc. As far as your girl's dry flakey skin, I think you should rep-evaluate after a while of feeding her quality food and giving her good brushing and grooming. She may not have a problem at all except being fed poor quality food.
 

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Good for you for taking one two who need you so much! It's amazing how much dogs can improve when they are loved and cared for too
 

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poodles are doing good

I have been reading a lot of the posts and feel like i,I've learned so much. My girl's skin is looking great! I'm letting her hair grow in order to have her groomed. She doesn't look much like a poodle with no very short ears, no top knot, and a furry face. She is sweet, she loves to sit with me and follows me everywhere. Normal living makes her a little nervous. She was from a breeding kennel and doesn't know how to be a family member yet, but she's getting better everyday. She has a vet appt next week. She has the worst breath. I have been trying to brush her teeth, but they are gross. Riley is doing great! I am trying to post a picture of them. Riley is the black one and Summer is the other one. They called her apricot, but she looks somewhat red to me, so not sure.OK, I got the pictures on there, but can't figure out how to rotate them. I think I took the pictures upside down with my tablet. I will try to get better pictures later when I have help. They won't stay still
 

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I can't tell much about them from the pictures posted. But A BIG THANK YOU AND A HUG FOR TAKING THEM BOTH. I just adopted a cream spoo that have very tender skin, she came to me with razor burns all over her and so itchy. I have started her on a good diet and add a tablespoon of Olive oil to her food everyday. I am also giving her raw food and a vit. She is doing alot better already! I have had her 2 weeks.
There is a treat that you can buy, beef tendons and it really helps clean their teeth and you can also include some raw meals like chicken quarters to help with the teeth. Around here you can get your dog's teeth cleaned in the month of Feb for a reduced price. You might want to think about having a vet clean them, but a change in diet may be all that is needed if she is a young dog.
 

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Raw diet

So how does a raw diet work? What type of meat do you use and do you mix anything with it? Is it safe, I worry about raw meat? Can you just give the raw bones and have it work the same with her teeth?
 

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Lots of people have reported HUGE improvements in their dogs' coats, teeth and health when they switch to raw. You can do a search of this forum for lots of good recipes and sites, because you have to be careful of including the correct amounts of ingredients so the nutrition is balanced. But you can also just give your dogs raw bones (non weight bearing) for the teeth benefits once in a while. Or beef tendons. You can also brush their teeth, if the meat grosses you out :)
 

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google Raw Diet for dogs.

I feed one kibble meal and then one raw meal. You don't have to be as careful that way. You can feed things like chicken legs, turkey necks, chicken backs to get the bone into the diet. It is great for them to chew, but they really need to eat the bone. My new girls hasn't quite got the hang of it yet. She refuses turkey necks, but will eat chicken if I cut it into smaller pieces. My older girl has no problem at all. Be sure to include some organ meat as well, it is very good for them. I do one bone in meal and the next no bone, chicken breast, fish, beef cubes ect.
My girls have to have their ears back, so I cut the legs off of some old pj's and use it as headbands.

P.S. I could not find necks and backs until I asked the butcher to order me some... You dogs will love it.
 

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Welcome! I love that you have adopted your kids, and are giving them all the attention and care they are needing. They always return the love & care we give them twofold! It looks like you're getting some real good advice so far. Now SEND PICS!!!! hahahaha!
 
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