German Shepherds Forum banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Hi
My name is Doug and Shadow is my furry family members name. He has not been a good eater. Started with good can food and dry food, all top of the line stuff. Have tried all kinds of fresh meats also. Still does not eat good.
He also has had "pano" and a paw infection with a thick fluid secreting fm it. He also smells and fur feels like he is secreting something thats not right sometimes. He also scratches sometimes. Constant battle with ears infections also.
He is so important to my family and I but money is a big issue in the last few months so I cant get him to the vet right now. So if anyone can give me some advice on his diet as Im pretty sure its all directly related. My family and I would thank you from our hearts.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,593 Posts
Welcome to the board Doug, and Shadow. Sounds like your poor guy has had a rough time. SOme of the things sounds like they could be caused by a few different things. We had some great people on here that might be able to help you. Just a few questions. How old is shadow, and what is he eating (brand and amount)?

German shepherds are known to be picky eaters, and I (as well as others) have had to give tough love to their dog to break them of their habit. Your guy seems to be having some health problems so it could make things harder for you.

Here are some links about yeast infections, which sounds like the cause of some of your skin, ear problems.

Yeast Infections In Dogs

YEAST INFECTIONS IN DOGS - Chinaroad Lowchens of Australia

Skin Discharge or Odor in Dogs
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thank you for your reply' He is 16 months old and big for a GSD. I have tried every kind of food on the market. Right now its athe high end purina can and iams dry stuff
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,602 Posts
You should try a grain free food like Taste of the Wild, Nature's Variety, Wellness, Blue Buffalo- the Iams and Purina foods are not good and he will not get proper nutrition just eating the foods you're feeding. If you have a Tractor Supply store near you, you can also get 4Health, which is their brand, people like Kirkland from Costco. Anything you get in a grocery store or at WalMart won't be good quality. The ear infections might be due to an allergy to the grain in the kibble and canned you've tried.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
27,460 Posts
Hi
My name is Doug and Shadow is my furry family members name. He has not been a good eater. Started with good can food and dry food, all top of the line stuff. Have tried all kinds of fresh meats also. Still does not eat good.
He also has had "pano" and a paw infection with a thick fluid secreting fm it. He also smells and fur feels like he is secreting something thats not right sometimes. He also scratches sometimes. Constant battle with ears infections also.
He is so important to my family and I but money is a big issue in the last few months so I cant get him to the vet right now. So if anyone can give me some advice on his diet as Im pretty sure its all directly related. My family and I would thank you from our hearts.
I know cost is an issue for foods and some are very expensive. The cheaper foods have more fillers so you dog has to eat more volume so you aren't always saving money in the end. I personally find that Nupro (available in the pet stores) is affordable AND my dogs only eat about 3 cups of dry a day. Depending on the time of the year and exercise it's even down to 2 cups a day (always split into 2 meals a day, so either 1.5 cups at each mealtime or only 1 cup at each mealtime).

I also had a GSD that was a picky eater and SHE got the cheapest canned cat food I could find on sale (only 1/4 can of it mixed with water) a day WITH her kibble. So that was a cheap yummy thing to get her to eat her real food.

You need to get his foot healed up. When my dog had a similiar absess on her foot I was luckily able to squeeze and drain it out, then smoosh Neosporin (the human kind) into the wound and then wrap a sock around it to keep her from licking off the Neosporin. It started healing up in 2 days cause it stayed open and draining the pus with some manipulation (squeezing) from me. Some dogs won't allow that though. And sometimes the wound will have to have antibiotics to heal up. So you have to keep an eye on it.

You can make up an ear treatment yourself that saves a ton of money. This only works for bacteria and yeast infections though. If your dog has ear mites it's a different issue.

Blue Power Ear Treatment Bichon Frise

Epiphany Mastiffs ~ Blue Power Ear Treatment for dogs!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32,873 Posts
It does sound like he has an allergy. I don't get to worried about them eating. They usually will when they are hungry.

I would be concerned about the smell, feel of his coat, itching, etc.

First, I would add fish oil to his diet. You'll have to add Vit E as well to supplement the E used to process the fish oil. Start at 1000mg fish oil, 400 iu Vit E.

Add some Vit C in also. Start at 500mg and increase slowly.

Then find a single protein food that doesn't have grains and corn in it. You need to try to isolate what might be bothering him. If there is an allergy it could be to any meat, any grain but alot of ppl see results when taken off of grain and corn products.

If you are going to feed RAW then you'll need to start with one protein and stick to it for a couple of weeks before adding another. It took us two weeks to really see that chicken was bothering one of our dogs.

I would not expect an overnight miracle but if he stops itching and the smell starts to go away then you are on the right track.

You could take him to a specialist and have allergy tests run on him also. I don't know how expensive that it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19,451 Posts
I would suspect allergies, and try a "limited ingredient" diet, like Lamb and Rice or Herring and Sweet Potato. Natura's California Naturals and **** Van Patten's Natural Balance are two lines that have LID kibbles. Keep in mind that nothing you get at a grocery store or chain pet store is really "high end" food.

I use this site when considering new kibbles and don't entertain anything lower than 4 stars and nothing that contains corn, wheat, soy, or gluten.

Dog Food Reviews - Main Index - Powered by ReviewPost


This is the food I have been using:
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=437&cat=4


If he has an infection and is secreting smelly fluid he needs a vet ASAP before he goes septic. This may not be related to food or food allergy. He will need some antibiotics and maybe to have the wound cleaned and dressed properly.

For yeast infections in the ears you can get the right treatment at the vet for less than $5. At least at my vet, getting the right prescription is cheaper than fussing around with home remedies and it works. It's an ointment that you drop into the ears once or twice a day and then massage the ears to work it down into the canal. Often just cleaning the ears is NOT enough and actually pushes the yeast farther into the canal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,951 Posts
Do you by any chance have any pics of the dog you can upload?

Sounds like he has food allergies and unfortunately grain free foods though expensive are usually the only remedy and cheaper than vet bills:)
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
5,218 Posts
Agree with the food advice. Get a grain free food at a pet store. Like Orijen, TOTW, BB, Wellness, etc. It becomes less expensive in the long run because the dog eats less and has fewer skin and allergy problems.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,002 Posts
I am in agreement with the food advice. I would like to add one more thing though. I have a friend that has GSD and does holistic healing on pets. She has told me that most GSD will do very well on fish based foods. Maybe try one that is all fish like Taste of the wild or Orijen has one and no grains.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top