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Hello Susan, My mini schnauzer, Boone, who is almost 6 years old, has developed patches of bumpy, flaky skin, mostly along his spine. He gets a little of it in the summer but this winter it is especially bad. He is black and it looks like he has horrible dandruff! My daughter has been using salon grade human moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, thinking it would help, but it has not. I read somewhere that diluted apple cider vinegar would help. What do you think of that and do you have any other natural remedies?  Thanks, minimom

Hello Sheryl,

Sorry it took so long to get back to you, but my computer was i9n the shop until today.

Schnauzers are notorious for skin issues. The best way to help you is for you to go to my web site: and submit the pop up form that will then e-mail you a free copy of my book, "Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet". It is an easy read but covers over 30 years of healing skin problems the totally natural way. If you do what it recommends, you will more than likely eliminate your boy's skin issues permanently.

By the way, human hair products are too alkaline for dogs. Check out our product, Critter Oil while you re on the site. You can make a shampoo, spray, and other useful things out of it by mixing it with common household products. It will help your boy greatly.

If you have any questions after reading the book, feel free to call us at 727-327-2356.

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Susan R Griffin


I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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