Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Muskoka, Ontario
If you're going to go with a grain free kibble, which in my opinion would be best, the only one I know of with the proper calcium balance is Orijen. Too little and too much calcium can cause long term health issues. The itching is likely an allergy, probably food but can also be some environmental as well. Increase the EFA's you're adding to help the coat and shampooing can do more harm than good sometimes....you can try a colloidal oatmeal rinse instead....take about 1 cup colloidal oatmeal, dissolve in a bucket of temped to warm water, pour on the dog. Let sit 15-30 min. and rinse. You can also add baking soda too if the itching is really bad.
Some times these food issues can be attributed to over feeding, so not sure if that was happening, or sometimes the dog is trying to tell you that something else is going on.
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