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by Sunsilver on 20 February 2019 - 06:02

Eska has been having serious problems with itching, and the vet suspects food allergies. She suggested I try this food for 8 weeks to see if it helps.

I made the mistake of not reading the label before I brought it home. The 'single protein source' it advertises seems to be soy gluten meal, and the first ingredient in it is corn starch. It is also lower in calories, protein and fat than most other foods on the market.

Eska needs to gain some weight right now, and part of the itching could be do to dry skin, so she SHOULD be getting more fat in her diet not less. I am planning to go out and buy an Omega-3 supplement for her, of course.

Anyone else had experience with this food?


by bladeedge on 20 February 2019 - 07:02

Never heard used the food .why don't you try a food with natural Omega in it like Tripe for the extra fat a protein I get the tripe with samon mix. Plenty of protein and natural fat's . I find it great for condition when mixed with kibble . On an extra plus the dogs be love it . Best of luck 😉


by Hundmutter on 20 February 2019 - 08:02

Personally ? Would not touch anything produced by ProPlan with a very long bargepole.


by DuganVomEichenluft on 20 February 2019 - 13:02

Very few Vets know anything about nutrition. They are usually taught very little in school and once out, they are usually endorced by certain brands. Stay away from all brands sold at grocery stores and cheaper type stores. 

The below link is a great source of information on foods: 

Your best option would be raw, but if not an option, you need to find a kibble that has one protein only and a protein the dog has never eaten before. Find a Limited Ingredient food. If it's skin itching only, it may not be food related. Food allergies usually effect the ears, etc. Simple skin itching is usally environmental. Add apple cider vinegar to her food. You can also wet her, and dump it on her. Towel dry only.  



by Sunsilver on 20 February 2019 - 13:02

She's also got yeast in her ears. That was the other tip-off that it might be allergies we're dealing with.

Previously she WAS on a LID: Natural Balance Lamb and Rice, because my older dog is sensitive to chicken. She still had issues when she was on that, so I switched to the fish-based food (Lifetime Fish and Oatmeal.) Yeah, you'd think with the omega fatty acids in fish, that would help the dry coat...

Not and have never been a fan of raw. Anyway, spent a great deal of money on this 25 lb. bag, so will tough it out, then maybe try one of the other LID diets.

I also have a few other thoughts on the causes of the itching, so will see what happens with changes in routine. The dogs have had extremely little exercise lately, due to me moving, and now not having a secure fence around the property, so it could be stress/boredom related. Now that I'm more settled, I'll see what increasing the exercise and getting her back into training does!


by DuganVomEichenluft on 20 February 2019 - 13:02

Ah, yes, yeast in the ears. Definitely food allergy then.
My GSD is itchy too. I'm certain it's the dry air in my house but I'm also going to have the duct system cleaned to be sure.
Try the ACV though. It worked wonders on her. I give it orally and as a dip.


by Sunsilver on 20 February 2019 - 14:02

The other thing that bothers me about the food is it's entirely vegetarian. When I seemed dismayed by that the vet told me dogs are omnivores. What Smile

Look, lady, where did YOU study biology?? I have a 4 year degree in it, and taught it in school. Dogs belong to the order Carnivora (carnivores). In university, I also had a great deal of interest in the study of bones, and the surest way to determine what an animal's natural diet is is to look at the teeth! Yes, due to domestication, dogs are better able to digest starches than their wild relatives, but one look at those big canine teeth, and the large carnassials (molars) which are designed specifically for shearing meat off the bone, should convince anyone what a dog's teeth are naturally designed for!

If you want to get an idea of what a true omnivore's teeth look like, humans are a good example, or other members of the primate family.

Eichenluft, it's been extremely cold here this month, and even though I keep a humidifier going most of the time, the air in the house is very dry, which I'm sure is a contributing factor. I rarely ever need moisturizer on my hands, but this is one month when I've been using it pretty regularly!

So, yeah, will see if the ACV helps! It's definitely cheaper than a prescription diet, most of which are over-priced garbage! (Though there have been some improvements in the last 10 years. I noticed the Hills Brothers foods are no longer mainly corn meal! Roll eyes)


by DuganVomEichenluft on 20 February 2019 - 14:02

Nevermind. I got it


by DuganVomEichenluft on 20 February 2019 - 14:02

It goes to show how "out of touch" vets are. It's sad in so many ways. I've changed 4 vet clinics because of how "out of touch" they are. And how it's blatantly obvious that all they want is MONEY.
I found an amazing holistic vet in my area. Best choice I've ever made.

Keep us posted. Good luck, Brandi


by Sunsilver on 20 February 2019 - 15:02

I stick with this clinic because it's close by, and the head of the practice is a very down-to-earth older country vet. I'm sure HE would have been shaking his head if he'd heard her say dogs are 'omnivores'!


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