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Old 11-21-2012, 04:08 AM
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Hi, I have a 3 year old chihuahua named Ella (Eloise), and though she acts perfectly fine and happy there are a few minor things I have been worried about.

She has dark tear stains under her eyes (she's white with dark brown spots and most of her head is dark brown). I've read on here that may be from diet or allergies.

She also licks her front paws a tremendous amount, making the inner parts of her arms look ugly and reddish brown. I've also read on here that this could be from her diet or allergies!

She was put on a diet, she needs to lose about a pound or so, with new food called Nutro Natural. But now I fear that that's not the right kind for her if she is licking so much and also having those tear stains. I have no idea what to do! My parents are reluctant to spend a lot of money on her care recently because money is tight, but I'm willing to use my own money to do what is necessary.

Any help would be very appreciated.
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It is most likely diet or allergies. I would try a new diet first because die changes are much cheaper an easier than allergies.

Personally, I have an issue with Nutro after my grandmothers dog was poisoned by (later) recalled food. Acana, Fromm, Blue Buffalo Wilderness are all much better brands. Ziwipeak is an air dried raw that is amazing. It is what my chi is on. You can search for it on hear or on the web to find out more. It has a higher sticker price, but they eat very little of it. I'd recommend Ziwipeak above all else, but Acana is the top kibble on the market.

She can lose weight on any food you put her on, it's all about portion control, cutting out all treats (if you must give treats, use carrots or green beans), and exercise.

Has she always had tearing and allergies or is it new? If new, it's likely related to the new food. If it ends up being allergies, my vet told us to giver childhood cocker spaniel Zyrtec or Claritin daily. Benadryl can help with acute onset symptoms. You can also get testing done.


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Welcome to the site!

First of all I want to applaud you for willing to sacrifice in order to get your Chi
healthy & happy, very mature of you. It would help me a lot if you could post
pictures of your Ella's eyes and legs(the areas that you think are problematic).
There are a few different reason as to why she may have these reactions,
photos should help me give you better advice. Of course I am not vet, just
trying to give opinions. As for food, it's not the best food, and whether or not
your dog has allergies, it would be beneficial to switch her to a higher quality
diet. Can you get Acana where you are? It is a pricey kibble, but it's high in
nutrients, your dog absorbs all the good stuff instead of pooping it all out,
therefore you feed much less of it.
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Hi, is that your dog in your avatar? She is adorable!

There are several varieties of Nutro Naturals. What is the protein source in the one you are feeding? I would think food allergies are a good possibility with what you are describing. Nutro is pretty pricey for the quality and I think there is some better foods out there for about the same price. Can you order food online or do you have to buy locally? If you have a Petco near you, they carry some good foods now. You could look there to see what other foods are within your budget and then look them up online to see how well they are rated. Dogfoodadvisor.com is a great website that rates the various foods. And if you are feeding dry food, just making sure to add water before you feed is a cheap way to help your little one get the most out of whatever food you are feeding.
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Tear staining (which means the eye is tearing) and paw licking are very common allergy signs. I would also suspect the food. You can do better for about the same amount of money. Any food that has fillers, corn, etc., isn't a good food particularly. Go to dogfoodanalysis.com to get an idea of what some of the superior quality foods are, and that will get you on the right track.

Before you spend money on Vet bills, I strongly suggest you change the food to a much higher quality one. The results won't be instant, but if food is the culprit they will be permanent. And even if it doesn't eliminate the symptoms, there is no downside. You're doing your dog a huge favor and contributing to excellent health by feeding a high quality food.
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It is most likely diet or allergies. I would try a new diet first because die changes are much cheaper an easier than allergies.

Personally, I have an issue with Nutro after my grandmothers dog was poisoned by (later) recalled food. Acana, Fromm, Blue Buffalo Wilderness are all much better brands. Ziwipeak is an air dried raw that is amazing. It is what my chi is on. You can search for it on hear or on the web to find out more. It has a higher sticker price, but they eat very little of it. I'd recommend Ziwipeak above all else, but Acana is the top kibble on the market.

Has she always had tearing and allergies or is it new? If new, it's likely related to the new food. If it ends up being allergies, my vet told us to giver childhood cocker spaniel Zyrtec or Claritin daily. Benadryl can help with acute onset symptoms. You can also get testing done.


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Where do you buy your chi food? I think my parents got the Nutro at Petsmart. And from what I have noticed, since I'm away at school for most of the year and I was gone when she started the Nutro, the allergies began after eating that. I just remember all of a sudden when they sent me pics of her, that there were noticeable marks under her eyes.
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Welcome to the site!

First of all I want to applaud you for willing to sacrifice in order to get your Chi
healthy & happy, very mature of you. It would help me a lot if you could post
pictures of your Ella's eyes and legs(the areas that you think are problematic).
There are a few different reason as to why she may have these reactions,
photos should help me give you better advice. Of course I am not vet, just
trying to give opinions. As for food, it's not the best food, and whether or not
your dog has allergies, it would be beneficial to switch her to a higher quality
diet. Can you get Acana where you are? It is a pricey kibble, but it's high in
nutrients, your dog absorbs all the good stuff instead of pooping it all out,
therefore you feed much less of it.
Thank you! And here are some pictures:
she was all cuddled up on her blanky and wouldn't take her other arm out, the one with the worst redness!




the eye pictured has much worse staining than the other eye.

And I'm not sure if we can get Acana here but I will definitely look it up! Thanks for your advice
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Hi, is that your dog in your avatar? She is adorable!

There are several varieties of Nutro Naturals. What is the protein source in the one you are feeding? I would think food allergies are a good possibility with what you are describing. Nutro is pretty pricey for the quality and I think there is some better foods out there for about the same price. Can you order food online or do you have to buy locally? If you have a Petco near you, they carry some good foods now. You could look there to see what other foods are within your budget and then look them up online to see how well they are rated. Dogfoodadvisor.com is a great website that rates the various foods. And if you are feeding dry food, just making sure to add water before you feed is a cheap way to help your little one get the most out of whatever food you are feeding.
Yes, that's her! Thanks!
We give her the Natural Choice Adult for toy breed, it's chicken, whole brown rice, and oatmeal formula.
Nutro is pretty pricey for the quality and I think there is some better foods out there for about the same price. That's definitely something my parents need to hear! And we have a petco, and I could order food online, too. I'll check that website and I've never heard about adding water to dry food, so thank you!
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