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Old 01-11-2015, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here we go again!

So i think it was a month ago i posted with Duke who was having stomach problems.. runny poops, lack of weight gain and an erection when going to the washroom, we had all the tests come back clear, and i made sure they ran tests after being not to happy with the last vet.. so ultimately i decided it was the TOTW pacific stream he was eating, or maybe it was just that bag.. So we went on a bland chicken and rice diet, and then slowly started to add back in kibble,his now on his 2nd bag of President Choice Chicken and Rice, he loves it.. gobbles it up, his poop is finally firm and he is putting on weight!

But now im noticing this ---





It is just around his ears, his coat otherwise is healthy! he doesn't itch, nor do i see him rubbing his head on the carpet, my bf thinks his "chaffing" and i shouldn't worry about it, but I worry over the smallest of things.. do you all think this could be a food allergy or should i be looking at another problem ... ugh its just one thing after another.. do boxer pups tend to loose hair around their ears when growing??? Or is this a winter thing, i know for myself my skin is terrible in the cold months...its just weird how the thining occurs on just both ears and it the exact same pattern and no where else..


One more thing, i know this may belong in the food forum, but since I'm here, and if you guys think its likely linked to the kibble I will have to go back to the drawing board, which im dreading.. finally I've found a kibble he likes and his poop looks good!

Do puppies need puppy specific food, or is this a marketing gimmick.. is an ALS food the best? What is the % protein a puppy should be getting.. what would be to high? and would the rice be the culprit of the allergy... i know chicken can be another trigger... do i eliminate one or both on my next search. Is lamb a good choice....? any suggestions would be gladly taken.
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do those bumps come and go? Or have they come and not gone yet?

And do they have crusties on them that may flake off along with the hair?

My girl gets these when she eats chicken or grain.

It's basically folliculitis, an infection under the skin.

But as they are bumps there's always the concern as if it's something else??? I would get it checked to make sure it's only an allergic response. If it is you can get a prescription for bactroban to apply topically to fight it before it gets out of hand.

My girl also has atopy. I have heard that an allergy to one thing can weaken the immune system as its fighting the allergy and then other allergens become heightened when they normally wouldn't be that bad. Pain to figure out what the allergy is. Switching to a fresh food diet can really help even with Atopy. The food is highly digestible so the body doesn't have to work as hard to break down things like kibble, which allows the body to absorb most nutrients and focus on keeping itself healthy in ways like fighting allergies. It's a true fact. There is a local holistic vet here and the trend of fresh food here has really caught on and he told me he has seen this first hand in his practice, allergies have either disappeared or reduced majorly. It would also be the best choice for sensitive tummies.

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No bumps actually, and no flakes. Just the thining of hair around his ears.
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No bumps actually, and no flakes. Just the thinking of hair around his ears.

Oh sorry those are his freckles I saw

I don't know about the hair loss/thinning... I think that is a sign of allergies too?

Same thing for the fresh food and allergies thing though. Also kibbles have so much stuff in them that is common in many brands... It may be the smallest thing that bugs him. Fresh food you can control what you feed.

Why don't you try an elimination diet? You could do ground chicken or turkey, beef liver, zucchini, green beans, butternut squash for 12 weeks, no other treats just food. If it gets better you can slowly add things back in to find the offending allergen. Just like 8% liver, 62% meat and 30% veggie.

But it may not be allergies, don't short haired dogs have thin hair around that part of the ear anyway?

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Are you on a budget? If not, I would get him on a high quality grain free kibble like Acana Regionals or Fromm Four Star.

Ultimately, a raw diet is the healthiest way to go, but I know that isn't an option for everyone.
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I was looking at Acana, but the nearest dealer of the item isnt a short drive away. I do live kiddie corner to a pet value, I do know they carry a large variety of decent food, and no I'm not really on a budget per say, but with that being said, spending a fortune on dog food is something I'm hoping to not do,

I Know President Choice is a grocery store food, and the bulk of them are garbage to feed dogs, but the ingredients are all Canadian sourced and it's not full of corn fillers, also was rated highly with the dog food advisor.. And the price of the bag was ideal, but I am willing to spend more at pet value on a good brand but not having to break the bank..

Would you suggest and brands from pet value? And are boxers puppiesbetter on an ALS ?
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The PC foods are not grain free as far as I know, unless they have added a grain free variety lately.

PetValu carries Now Fresh and Eathborn Holistic, both of which are highly rated grain free kibbles.
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They do have a grain free food. I worked for a p.c franchise for awhile, and always heard great reviews from customers on the food, and had a customer call their hotline and found all their food is sourced from Canada... Although I heard their treats weren't .. Which is strange, but the grain free is for adult dogs. What protein levels are the max a puppy should have?
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I would try adding a probiotic lots of times it can just be an inbalence issue and that can fix it and or add a tsp of coconut oil
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