Right, it now seems to me clearly that Bear my Male 1yo has a Wheat allergy. He was on a wheat free food UltraPet
and doing well, no rashes, good coat, and his itching had gone right down to what I would expect of any dog.
Then he lost his taste for the food. He really liked the regular food I had for Fred the Lab, and as he was losing weight due to not eating *anything* I switched him.
There is a warty rash now at his ankles, elbows and chest, and random other places under his fur. He is chewing at his feet and joints, and now it looks like he is losing fur around his eyes. Eating vigorously, but...
I am researching a raw diet, but here in New Zealand it is a lot more difficult to get the ingredients economically. I worry about getting a balanced diet I can afford. The Ultra food is $100 for a 40lb bag, depending on local sources a raw diet would be even more expensive.
A child won't starve themselves and you can talk and reason with one as a bonus. How do I get Bear back on the food that is healthy for him? Tactic one was using the raw chicken (dog food grade) and just pouring the juice from thawing the block on the food so he *should* have had to eat the kibble. He drank the juice and sucked any shreds of meat off the kibble, leaving the kibble.
How do I make him eat the good food and not starve himself? He is not fat to start with, and an active dog. He was getting really thin before I switched to a food he would eat.
I'm at my wit's end and really need help.