At this point I'm not sure I would suspect diet. When we went through skin trouble with Argos, I think it had SO much more to do with an immature immune system and over vaccination. Because we didn't know what to do, it unfortunately developed into a pyoderma. We did switch him to NB LID Fish and Potato and supplemented him with Vitamin C and sardines, he was also on antibiotics for 6-8 weeks to clear up the pyoderma, as well as a special shampoo. After 6 months we never saw any itching again. He now eats TOTW Pacific Stream as his kibble, but ALL kinds of treats without any flare up. So despite presenting as possible allergies as a puppy...I really don't think that was the case. A good friend of mine working at the UF Vet School said that it's not uncommon to see puppies, and Shepherds in particular, go through trouble when they are small as the immune system develops, especially in the Florida climate.
It really is pretty unusual to see food allergies in such young puppies. I think people jump to that because it's an easy thing to switch and higher quality foods will better support the immune system so it "seems" like switching the food made the difference.
Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
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