Raw Diet advice
I must say my head is about to explode with all the information I've been reading about raw diet. I really want to get my little guy Bahston on raw, as he's itching non stop and I literally am running out of options when it comes to premium foods (Orijin, Acana, Fromm, Victor, Zigniture, Canine Caviar etc). I've checked him for fleas and ticks (Nexguard) and found nothing. Could the chemicals be making him itch? He's also on heart warm medication and take them both on the same day.
We got him at eight weeks old from a breeder in Pennsylvania. He comes from great blood lines (none of the parents have or had allergies). When we first got him he was on Purina One LBP. We slowly switched him to Orijin LBP and he loved it. By three and a half weeks his itching started going increasing to about 30 times a day. By 4 months he was itching 60 times a day and at one point 115 times a day (this is only what I counted. He was crated for 6-8 hours a day while I went to work and can't imagine how many times he itched. Bahston is now 6 months old and weights 73lbs. He is on a limited diet food called Canine Caviar (8% moisture). When he started, his itching frequencies went from about 60-70 times a day to 12-15. We thought we found the answer, but we are going on about almost three months now and he is back up to 70-80 times a day of itching for like 30 seconds each. His coat feels like straws (he get's Grizzly Salmon oil and Organic Coconut oil).
Can anyone tell the difference between food allergies and environmental? I know when we go for a walk he sneezes or when he's breathing u can hear his throat is not clear. We tried medicated shampoos, plain water, wiping him when he comes in from outside and nothing seems to fix it. I've read how raw diets improves the immune system and coat. With that being said, how much is everyone spending a month of raw diets? I found a few websites where they deliver a complete balanced meal, but it's quoting me $189.00 a week!!!! Right now I spend $90.00 a month on his kibble and then another $40.00 in treats. Is there any way I can feed him a raw diet on that budget? Any books you suggest reading, websites with good information, or does anyone know a local farmer or place that is cheaper than $189.00 a week? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm not expecting it to solve the problem, but I am hoping it at least helps him in becoming more comfortable and healthy. Last night I did some research on worst places to live for people with allergies and not to my surprise I live 20 miles away from the 5th worst place in the country (St. Louis). If it's seasonal, it should get better as we are moving soon.
Thank You all in advance,