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So this morning on the way to Enders training I noticed two things (probably entirely unrelated)...first a swollen area on in between his eye and back of his mouth...not a knot or tumor like...just swollen area...so we decided after this training session we would run to the vet....so after training we head to the vet and also notice there is a patch of hair falling out on his right ear...no redness or irritation?

The vet gave him an anti inflammatory shot for the bump and I asked to do a scraping to check for mange mites on his ear.....the bump im not so worried about the...hes 4 months old and crashes into stuff like a puppy does :rolleyes:....the scrape came back negative for mange...and honestly it may be him just being a puppy but wanted to run it by some other GSD owners.

He is a week over 4 months old.....32 lbs....and eating royal canin. His mood and attitude are normal...eating is fine...stool is fine as well....


PS the patch will look abit red in pics because it was just scraped. The bump is going down rapidly after the shot...
 

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in my opinion it is either an allergy to a certain protein or carb source in the diet or she is not digesting the Omega 3's as she should be. If she were my dog, I would get Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil 100% pure 1000mg and give her one a day. I would feed a grain free food, but one with only 1 protein and 1 carb source. I am not a vet, but my shepherd having EPI has me learning more about canine nutrtion than I ever thought I would have to. Shepherds are notorious for digestion and malabsorption issues. They are a high energy high drive dog that perhaps require more supplementation than other breeds that are more sedate. The b vitamins and omega 3's that are found in raw prey are much easier to absorb into a dogs bloodstream and therefore I believe should be supplemented when feeding a kibble to a working shepherd. The tips of the ears are the furthest that blood as to flow to nourish and perhaps by the time the blood is reaching the ear tips it is now devoid of any of the vitamins and nutrients that feed the hair follicles. Adding a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to your pups dinner as well as putting it on the ear tips may help as well. Like I said, I am not a vet, but if you have eliminated all skin rashes and mites and nothing seems to be working topically, then this is an internal issue and most internal issues boil down to diet. This is just my opinion.
 

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in my opinion it is either an allergy to a certain protein or carb source in the diet or she is not digesting the Omega 3's as she should be. If she were my dog, I would get Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil 100% pure 1000mg and give her one a day. I would feed a grain free food, but one with only 1 protein and 1 carb source. I am not a vet, but my shepherd having EPI has me learning more about canine nutrtion than I ever thought I would have to. Shepherds are notorious for digestion and malabsorption issues. They are a high energy high drive dog that perhaps require more supplementation than other breeds that are more sedate. The b vitamins and omega 3's that are found in raw prey are much easier to absorb into a dogs bloodstream and therefore I believe should be supplemented when feeding a kibble to a working shepherd. The tips of the ears are the furthest that blood as to flow to nourish and perhaps by the time the blood is reaching the ear tips it is now devoid of any of the vitamins and nutrients that feed the hair follicles. Adding a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to your pups dinner as well as putting it on the ear tips may help as well. Like I said, I am not a vet, but if you have eliminated all skin rashes and mites and nothing seems to be working topically, then this is an internal issue and most internal issues boil down to diet. This is just my opinion.

Hey thanks for your input, He* :blush:, I had the same thought as well, the food he is on is very good and well balanced, but i agree as far as the fish oil so i started him on a supplement 2 weeks ago of a dry skin supplement from the vet and have a hefty amount of fish oil in the mail... interesting idea with the coconut oil i will look into it! And i agree with you from my research about their needs comparative kibble to wild prey. Forgive my ignorance but what is EPI?
 
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