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2yr old Amstaff with allergy concerns and more

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by LoveMyDozer, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    Not really! My dogs do that from time to time and I really can’t trace it to anything! It’s not very often.
     
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    could be gas moving through the intestines which is normal.
     
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  3. LoveMyDozer

    LoveMyDozer Puppy

    Thank you everyone for your help and advice. I feel silly running him off to the vet. Maybe I’ll just give it a bit and see how it goes. I will try the yogurt and will see if I can find a little more fat to add to his diet. I was reading about some foods that I can add on my own like blueberries, coconut, sweet potato, tuna fish, eggs, etc... I don’t know. Maybe something to think about. Thanks again!
     
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  4. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Keep us updated. And post more pictures of your dog. He's a beauty!
     
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  5. LoveMyDozer

    LoveMyDozer Puppy

    You’re so nice!! Thank you so much!! You guys have helped more then you know today. You’ve given me a lot of comfort. Thank you!
     
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  6. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    Dog looks fine to me. Could do with a structured exercise routine to help tone him up otherwise he’s fine. Doubt he’ll fill out beyond what he is now. Talk it over with your vet but you could try adding some cooked rice and cool chicken broth to his dry food if you feel his food isn’t right for him. For his feet when next it snows, get yourself some mushers paw wax and rub some in, should stop the bleeding.
     
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  7. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    IMO, I don't think those "exotic" foods like sweet potatoes, blueberries, coconut, etc do dogs much good. Maybe as a snack if he likes them, but for some food that might do some good, how about something a dog naturally likes? Some ground beef/organ meats, etc. mixed in with his regular food. I do like eggs too for a dog and some like yogurt (I'd give the full-fat kind).
     
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  8. LoveMyDozer

    LoveMyDozer Puppy

    Thank you for the suggestion. I’d definitely be up for trying but we’ve been staying away from the beef and chicken because it seemed to be a common link to all of his breakouts and hives. We tried lots of different kinds of meat and brands too. We only saw improvement once we turned to fish. Even when giving him pills in peanut butter was a problem. We had to start rolling it in a piece of tuna fish. The vet even had us stop giving heartworm pills because of his allergies. We’ve come along way and I don’t want to ruin that but I do know the health benefit of going the way you have suggested. We might need to save a little and get him allergy tested to eliminate the guessing game.
     
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  9. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Do you soak the kibble in warm water before you give it to him? How much are you giving him? He might reall benefit from home cooked meals. Core has pure canned salmon you could add to his dry kibble. Herbsmith micro Flora has helped my male's stomach.
     
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  10. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    You can buy dried fish skin treats. We give Acana wild Atlantic. The Acana mackerel might have too much fat. We also use Acana freshwater fish. You might have luck with the duck and pear or the squash and Apple.
     
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  11. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Primal goats milk has probiotics too.
     
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  12. LoveMyDozer

    LoveMyDozer Puppy

    Yes, we do add water to his kibble. On days he’s feeling good he has 3-4 cups of kibble and I spread that out so he eats 3x a day. On days he has stomach upset he might only eat 1-2 cups for the entire day. I will look into Core and the Flora. Thank you! Was your male having similar stomach upset?
     
  13. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    My male doesn't have the gurgling that you are talking about, but he can't tolerate many foods and his stool was very soft and smelly for a long time. He does t tolerate kibble with chicken, but he seems to be able to handle boiled chicken. He handled a raw beef marrow bone and a bully stick. He has gotten a little sick from soft or hard boiled eggs. He handles the whites fine. I think the slow feeder bowl is helping his gut issues too.

    My female handles foods pretty good but she has had major hives and allergic dermatitis, etc. her hives are mostly because she is prone to staph infections and the Dermatologist thinks she has severe environmental allergies.
     
  14. LoveMyDozer

    LoveMyDozer Puppy

    Same with Dozer - the hives, staph infections and environmental allergies as well. We tried quite a few medications even steroids and it would only temporarily help. I did not want to keep giving him antibiotics. The vet had us try a mousse. It’s called Douxo Chlorhexidine Mousse and it works amazing on the staph infections. First sign of it, we put the mousse on the spots. It has 3% chlorhexidine gluconate in it and 2 other main ingredients. You can get it from your vet but I’ve also seen it on amazon. You put the mousse on 1x, skip a day then do it again. You can do it every other day until it’s gone up to a week but we’ve never had to go longer then the first or 2nd application. I don’t know why it works but it does. He hasn’t been on any medication since so I’m happy about that. He also enjoys the mousse, he rolls over and spreads out when he sees it so it must be soothing.
     
  15. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Tonka likes the mousse too. Teddy runs away when I take it out. Lol
    the shampoo is very good too. We are supposed to batheTonka at least twice a week with the Duoxo Chlorhexidine Shampoo.
     
  16. LoveMyDozer

    LoveMyDozer Puppy

    I’ll have to try that shampoo! Thank you. Do you get it on Amazon? We have tried so many shampoos and have not found any that don’t make him break out. Didn’t realize it came in a shampoo. You bathe Tonka twice a week to wash the allergens off her coat, right? Does it seem to help?
     
  17. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Hi, it is an antibacterial shampoo just like the mousse. The Dermatologist says we have to keep her clean because her skin probably has staph bacteria on it. I'm only doing it once a week right now because I not up to washing her twice a week right now. You need to leave it in for up to 10 min. And rinse very well. I order it from chewy, but Amazon has it too.i also use zymox shampoo on her.
     
  18. LoveMyDozer

    LoveMyDozer Puppy

    Thank you!! I will definitely look into both and order right away. Thank you so much and good luck with your pups!
     
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  19. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    You're welcome. keep us posted on how he is doing.
     
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