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05-15-2014 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Momto2GSDs View Post
Good point Spring!

Have your dogs been on raw for a long time? If a short time, the eye drainage could be a result of "detoxing" that the body is going thru.

Here are two things you may want to try for the eye issue:

1.Mix equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar and purified water in a spray or squirt bottle. Apply this to a medium size area on the back of his/her neck, wetting the spot of hair thoroughly. Apply this 2 times daily. Also wipe eyes and face with plain warm water and clean cloth, 2 times daily, right after vinegar is applied to the back of his neck. Some people see the eye issues disappear or, at least a reduction, within a few days, but others have seen results within hours!

2.Work up to amount below of Apple Cider Vinegar added to the dogs’ food twice daily. ACV has multiple uses such as for allergies, hot spots, skin problems, digestion issues, ear infections, tear stains, arthritis and many other ailments! ACV is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. If dog is adverse to ACV, mix with equal parts of natural Chicken or Beef broth.
25# to 50# = 1 teaspoon per day divided
50# to 75# = 2 teaspoons per day divided
75# to 100# = 1 Tablespoon per day divided


Hope you find something that helps!
Moms
Three of my dogs have been on raw for 4 years. My newest dog, Kaze, was on garbage kibble and has been transitioned to raw the last 2 months. He didn't have any eye goobers on kibble, but now on raw, he's starting to get the goobers in both eyes all day long. They're not as bad as Nara's, but he didn't have them at all before the switch, so I'm baffled. Our Siberian Paw Paw has them the least, and our SibeX Beowulf gets them at least once a day, but it's as bad as our 2 GSDs.

Since reading your reply, I've been adding the organic Bragg's ACV to their food, and I'm testing it on Nara, since she's the worst case right now. She gets the ACV applied to the back of her neck, and gets her eyes washed with the warm clean cloth. I would say that I've seen a tiny bit of improvement, but no miracles yet. I'll stick with it though and increase the ACV amounts.

Thanks for this advice! My family and I are vegan/vegetarian and 95% of our food and products are organic, so Bragg's and health food stores have been our friends for many years! Haha.
05-15-2014 09:32 PM
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Could be allergic conjunctivitis. Vet can give an ointment that works wonders
I'm reading about this now. It seems that there are many various versions of this in dogs. I'm not sure which one it might be, but everything I'm reading sounds like what Nara might have. I'll have to contact a vet. We just moved to Idaho and haven't found a quality holistic vet yet. Thanks for the info!
05-15-2014 09:10 PM
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Having a GSD on raw with many food sensitivities (see thread)

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ults-sigh.html

It's possible that there is something in the raw diet that was not in the kibble diet. I'm thinking on the lines of salmon or fish oil. Although, it does seem unlikely that all your dogs would have the same food sensitivities (unless they are related, which you say they are not).

With eye goobers I tend to think environmental allergies. Maybe something is lacking in the raw diet that is causing a weakened immune system. Do you give coconut oil to support the immune system?

The only way to know for sure would be to test.
Thanks for the info. Yeah, none of the dogs are related, so this is strange. I still can't put my finger on it. As for environmental allergies, they've had the goobers in VA, OR and now ID; all different types of climates. This is so weird and frustrating. I'll keep researching...
04-30-2014 10:40 AM
Momto2GSDs Forgot to mention that the Apple Cider Vinegar needs to be Organic (such as Braggs) so that it contains the medicinal properties (Mother tincture). Store bought vinegar is refined.
You can usually purchase this at a local health food store.
Moms
04-30-2014 10:15 AM
Momto2GSDs Good point Spring!

Have your dogs been on raw for a long time? If a short time, the eye drainage could be a result of "detoxing" that the body is going thru.

Here are two things you may want to try for the eye issue:

1.Mix equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar and purified water in a spray or squirt bottle. Apply this to a medium size area on the back of his/her neck, wetting the spot of hair thoroughly. Apply this 2 times daily. Also wipe eyes and face with plain warm water and clean cloth, 2 times daily, right after vinegar is applied to the back of his neck. Some people see the eye issues disappear or, at least a reduction, within a few days, but others have seen results within hours!

2.Work up to amount below of Apple Cider Vinegar added to the dogs’ food twice daily. ACV has multiple uses such as for allergies, hot spots, skin problems, digestion issues, ear infections, tear stains, arthritis and many other ailments! ACV is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. If dog is adverse to ACV, mix with equal parts of natural Chicken or Beef broth.
25# to 50# = 1 teaspoon per day divided
50# to 75# = 2 teaspoons per day divided
75# to 100# = 1 Tablespoon per day divided


Hope you find something that helps!
Moms
04-30-2014 10:13 AM
Sunflowers Could be allergic conjunctivitis. Vet can give an ointment that works wonders
04-30-2014 10:02 AM
Springbrz Having a GSD on raw with many food sensitivities (see thread)

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ults-sigh.html

It's possible that there is something in the raw diet that was not in the kibble diet. I'm thinking on the lines of salmon or fish oil. Although, it does seem unlikely that all your dogs would have the same food sensitivities (unless they are related, which you say they are not).

With eye goobers I tend to think environmental allergies. Maybe something is lacking in the raw diet that is causing a weakened immune system. Do you give coconut oil to support the immune system?

The only way to know for sure would be to test.
04-30-2014 01:45 AM
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Revisiting allergies that cause eye boogies in GSDs!?!

Our 1 GSD and 2 huskies were on a kibble diet that covered all meat protein sources, and they never had those eye boogers. When I switched them all to a 100% exclusively raw diet, Nara my GSD started getting insane amounts of eye boogies. My 2 huskies get little dry boogies from time to time, but not on the scale of Nara. Nara will have the runny, goopy ones that make large gobs/balls with long lines down her snout from her eyes. I'm constantly cleaning her eyes, and within minutes she has them back again.

So now with the adoption of Kaze, our new GSD, he was on the cheapest kibble for his first 2 years of life. While petsitting him and then adopting him and transitioning him to raw, I remember that he NEVER had eye boogies. Now that he's been on raw for a month or so, he constantly has those boogers too. Is this just a GSD reaction? Our huskies don't really get them, and all 4 dogs eat the same foods everyday. Also, what's causing this? I know I researched this years ago with Nara when we first switched her, and I think the overall response was an allergy to poultry/chicken. I went poultry-free for a while and don't remember much of a change. Are there other reasons that cause this? Should I switch them all off chicken/poultry for months and see if the boogies clear up and go away? I'm pretty sure Kaze's kibble was chicken/poultry, and he didn't get the eye boogers until we switched him to raw.

Eye boogies are not enough for me to desire ever switching back to kibble, as I know that raw has a lot more benefits to their overall health minus these eye issues. But if I can have my cake and eat it too, I'd love to keep them on raw with no more goopy eyes.

Please help if you've dealt with this and discovered the problem/source and/or solution! Thanks in advance!!

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