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« on: September 22, 2007, 02:48:27 PM »

Hi everyone,
I'm wondering if anyone here might be able to help me with finding a good dog food for my babies. I have 3 young chihuahuas, the oldest being 2 1/2. Since the pet food recalls back in March, I started feeding them Orijen adult food after much research. I thought that I had found a great food, and I still believe in their product, however it doesn't seem to be working for my pups. I've got 2 with dry, dandruffy skin, all three have runny eyes, and 2 with weight problems even though I feed them very strict portions based on the calorie content and energy needs of the three. If that's not bad enough 2 out of the 3 recently had bloodwork done and they both had elevated liver enzymes. I don't know for sure if that is related to their diet, but I was told that it was possible. I think it's time for a change to see if these issues clear up, but I don't know what is good anymore. Safety is a huge concern as well as their overall health. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007, 04:08:57 PM »

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http://itchmoforums.com/dog-food-experiences-by-brand-b76.0/

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007, 08:04:53 PM »

Hi Joanne, and welcome!  Check out DB's link.  And what have they eaten before Orijen?  Was it working for them...was it among the recalls?  Do you know if they have any food allergies? 

Our dog had terrible itching, coat falling out in chunks until a few weeks ago.  Same thing last summer but worse this year, possibly since this was his first summer as an adult dog and carrying heavy coat.  Vet and I thought seasonal allergy and quite likely in our case it is/was.  We added fish oil and vitamin E.  We changed from brand X (a very good brand that many I know feed and his litter brother eats) to Orijen.  We also gave three baths w/ medicated shampoo instead of his usual.  So could be any one of those changes or that whatever was blooming or growing in our area changed mid August.  He no longer has dead coat falling out in clumps and no itches.  I have not seen him scratch even once today.  So I wish I could say what worked for him, but I really don't know.

You might try something like California Natural Herring and Sweet Potato or Pinnacle Duck and Potato...or you'll come up w/ something reading the "dog food experiences by brand."  If nothing works in the way of commercial food, try home cooking for at least a period of weeks.  Make it simple at first, w/ just one meat, one carb.  I make my own chicken broth, a hearty stock w/ boiling chicken bones, celery, carrot, parsley from our herb garden.  Then strain.  Maybe you should leave off the veggies making your broth for first batch.   Use an appropriate amount of fish oil w/ Vit E.  Many brands have been mentioned here, along w/ the caution of not overdosing the E, so perhaps get gelcap w/ combined.  So if that works after a few weeks you can add one veggie at a time, such as carrot, green beans.  Never onion.  And if home cooking suits and works for your dogs, then you'll need to get serious about it to be sure you are providing all necessary vitamins and minerals and in correct amounts.  We use chicken thigh meat or ground turkey most of the time.  Half of our dog's dinner is homecooked, usually large batch ahead of time.  Sometimes we simply grind up what we're having and add to his kibble, along w/ the fish oil and E.  I wouldn't begin to suggest that our home cooking is correct.  It's just what we do.  Have done alot of reading and the more I read, the more I realize I have to learn.  That said, I don't see how a few weeks would hurt them if it could indicate that your problem is some ingredient in most or a few of the commercial foods.  The answer could be simple or turn out to take a long time.  No one food is going to work for all dogs.

My dog seems to digest baby oats, both white and brown rice, and even barley as long as I cook it all day in the crock pot in broth on low heat w/ stock made up the day before.  I skim fat off the stock.  Some don't.  Also, many people do not like to give any of the grains to dogs.  I know when our Jake ate strictly home cooked for a few weeks back in the spring his stools were small and firm.  As days went by we added more veggies.  He loves asparagus, cauliflower, baby spinach in his cooked food.  We also give slices of cored apple and bannana.  He likes some raw veggies for snacks.  Do your research before embarking on home cooked diet. 

Let us know what progress you are making.  It was amazing to see Jake show improvement in just weeks.  Wish I knew for certain what brought it about.  We've started him back on the rest of the bag of "brand X" to see if that has what he is allergic to in it.  Since he was on something else the summer before, totally unrelated to this "brand X," we can not blame the particular brand or food for Jake's intense itching and shedding.  It would have to be ingredient/s.  He had itching issues that first summer as well.  The puzzle is that this year it began to clear mid August, same time we made various changes in diet and shampoo.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007, 08:44:13 PM »

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