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Old 11-11-2008, 06:58 PM
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Is it normal for my dog to scratch himself consistently on his sides? He also nibbles on his back leg and body a bit. Could it be ticks? If so how because he hasn't been let out on the ground yet...when i took him outside a bit I was always carrying him. I'm worried I dont want his skin to be dry and flaky.
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I am having the same issue--would like to hear feedback as well. I'm 99% sure its dry skin, carrera has 3 tan spots on her and the rest of her fur is all white, I can see the dry patches easier in her tan spots, if you chi has any color I would check his skin there. --now we have to figure out if its from the weather or her food.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:28 PM
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oooh~ in terms of weather it's cold and the floors are wooden in my room and throughout the house except for the livingroom and mom's bedroom. I feed mine Royal Canin and Cesars packets. They recommended those from the store I got it from. I also have been feeding him Panacur for his parasites, maybe there can be a itching side effect? Hmm...I can't really tell about the dry patches because my guy has a whole load of fur

Any suggestions would help though, could it be dandrufff?
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Scratching in dogs is most often allergy or flea related. Based on the foods you are feeding I would think diet would be a good place to start.

Most pet stores do not offer training on label reading or basic pet nutrition. So it is best to research your food choices elsewhere.

Royal Canin Chihuahua 28 is not a high quality food. It is basically loaded with grains and fillers and actually contains beet pulp in it. Beet pulp is known to cause allergies in dogs.

The Cesar packets ... the main ingredient is water followed by: Beef By-Products, Meat By-Products, Liver, Poultry By-Products. Nasty! The one I really don't like is the " Meat By-Products" - this could be horse, dog, cat or roadkill and being By-Products of these things means that it is not mainly meat but are the parts of the animal left over after the meat has been stripped away from the bone.

Also "Chicken By-Products" include head, feet, entrails, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, stomach, bones, blood, intestines, and any other part of the carcass not fit for human consumption ... and this doesn't even get into the dyes and other additives in there either.

So in my opinion both foods could be a major factor in your dog's scratching. I would seriously consider changing the diet to a premium food that is grain free and has human grade ingredients.

We use and recommend Orijen dog food however there are many great 6* dog foods available out there and they are the best for dogs with allergies or digestive issues as they contain quality products, no fillers etc.

You will also want to look for a food that has Omega 3 fatty acids in it. When we have had rescues come in with food allergies/severely dry skin we have put them on Orijen 6 Fresh Fish Formula which is extremely high in fish oil etc which is great for the skin!

Some dogs are having a hard time this time of year with the heating systems turning on and it dries out there skin but most dogs on a premium diet don't have this issue (or don't get it nearly as bad) because of their diet.
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Thanks for all this info; it is so helpful. We are trying to find the right food for our chi and all of this info helps tremendously.
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I dont feed him the chihuahua one that's for older dogs. I actually feed him the puppy one which has fish oil in it too. it's called "Royal Canin MINI Puppy 33 Formula" recommended by my vet too. I've heard about beet pulp being an allergen but on the bag it says that the sugar is removed...hmmm i dont know -_-; The vet told me if i changed his diet he is going to have diarrhea i'll have to ask him again when i see him2 days after Thanksgiving
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I dont feed him the chihuahua one that's for older dogs. I actually feed him the puppy one which has fish oil in it too. it's called "Royal Canin MINI Puppy 33 Formula" recommended by my vet too. I've heard about beet pulp being an allergen but on the bag it says that the sugar is removed...hmmm i dont know -_-; The vet told me if i changed his diet he is going to have diarrhea i'll have to ask him again when i see him2 days after Thanksgiving
Most vets are not pet nutritionists. Here in Canada (and I have heard elsewhere as well) the vet students receive a an afternoon nutrition clinic sponsored by the food company du jour.

So most vets push the food they sell (as obviously there are financial reasons for it).

Yes the formula you are currently feeding has anchovy oil (#10 on the ingredient list)and salmon meal (#31 on the ingredient list and again 80% water/20% salmon) - compare that to a premium food that is fish based like 6 Fresh Fish from Orijen where the main ingredients are:

Fresh salmon (includes chinook. coho and sockeye species), salmon meal, russet potato, herring meal, fresh lake whitefish, sweet potato, fresh lake trout, fresh Northern walleye, freshwater cod, fresh herring, sunflower oil, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherals, a natural source of vitamin E), sun-cured alfalfa, dried sea vegetables (brown kelp, Irish moss, dulse and bladder wrack), leeks, psyllium, crab shell, rosemary, lecithin, apples, black currants. - see the difference??

Your puppy will not get diarrhea if you change him over to a higher quality food slowly. You can't just cold turkey him over and expect good results.

Usually the recommended change over schedule is:
100% old food
75% old food 25% new food 2-4 days
50% old food 50% new food 2-4 days
25 % old food 75% new food 2-4 days
100% new food

If your vet supports this food - ask him why he/she does because of the following:

The first ingredient is a meal which is 80% water and 20% meat - meaning that protein is not the main ingredient.

It contains fillers, grains and beet pulp (sugar removed is better than not but still an allergy concern).

A vet who is truly knowledgeable about canine nutrition would likely steer you towards a human grade ingredient food with quality protein as the main ingredients.
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My chi was the same way.
I bought salmon oil to mix in his food and
that took care of his scratching.
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