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Old 12-19-2010, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am very frustrated right now with Dutch's diet and I really don't know what to do.

He has been so itchy all morning. He has been licking and chewing on his legs and his belly, and he's been scratching his years to the point where he has some scabs in them. He's been doing this for a month now, but today seems really bad.

I don't know what to do anymore... We've got him on an allergy/LID bison and sweet potato kibble from Natural Balance, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. He's been on that kibble for a couple weeks now.

I just want to find something he can and will eat that will stop giving him food allergies.
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My Mother-in-law's GSD has the same issue with itching and scratching so badly it gives him scabs. His are seasonal allergies, though. She gives him baths with a soothing lavender shampoo and it works fabulously. Almost eliminates the itching.
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My Mother-in-law's GSD has the same issue with itching and scratching so badly it gives him scabs. His are seasonal allergies, though. She gives him baths with a soothing lavender shampoo and it works fabulously. Almost eliminates the itching.
You wouldn't happen to know what the brand is would you?
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I am very frustrated right now with Dutch's diet and I really don't know what to do.

He has been so itchy all morning. He has been licking and chewing on his legs and his belly, and he's been scratching his years to the point where he has some scabs in them. He's been doing this for a month now, but today seems really bad.

I don't know what to do anymore... We've got him on an allergy/LID bison and sweet potato kibble from Natural Balance, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. He's been on that kibble for a couple weeks now.

I just want to find something he can and will eat that will stop giving him food allergies.
You need to try a protein source that the dog has never had. Bison shares characteristics with other red meats.

Go with a catfish based food, unfortunately there are only two on the market. Annamaet Option and Blackwood 5000. Annamaet Option is used by many vets. Catfish apparently does not create a histamine surge like other proteins.

You might also want to use Nupro.
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You need to check the ingredients. Even stating fish and potato, most fish kibbles have some type of chicken ingredient or beef in it.

Go with no grains, chicken or beef. Good choice is Acana fish. No treats.

Try the Ketocor (sp) shampoo and spray from Virbac (vets). If you can, shampoo 1-2x per week (start off with 2), leave shampoo on for 10 minutes. Spray in between.

Also, check for fleas. Some dogs react and go into the scratching turmoil as well. Even with the cold.
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Well, here's the things we're trying to balance right now:

Itchy all over his body.

Keep his stool firm (it's still a little soft but not as bad as the diarrhea from a few weeks back).

Give him enough protein to help with him walking on his hocks.

It could just be seasonal allergies, that would make sense, but that wouldn't explain the diarrhea... but the diarrhea could just be from us switching his foods too much.
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Are you sure it's his food? How do you heat your house? I have this problem but it is from the wood burner in the house. I am now giving salmon oil and it is working. Good Luck.
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I'd give some benadryl for everyone's sanity!
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Are you sure it's his food? How do you heat your house? I have this problem but it is from the wood burner in the house. I am now giving salmon oil and it is working. Good Luck.
Mostly we use a gas furnace... sometimes we burn wood in the stove, but that's a rare occasion.

I don't know for sure if it's the food.... we figured it was a food allergy because of the sneezing, the diarrhea, and the itchy bumps. The vet really doesn't know for sure either. We had him on boiled chicken and rice for a couple weeks until his diarrhea got better, and then we slowly moved him onto the bison and potato. The poop is looking better, it's still a little soft, but the itching hasn't gotten better.
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You wouldn't happen to know what the brand is would you?
I'll find out and let you know.
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