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I read somewhere that a high protein diet can cause hotspots I have a 2 year old male dobberman I have had him for a year Im not sure what food he was on before. we give him high protein food and about 2 months ago i noticed him losing hair and about a week ago i noticed he has these spots that look like sores and have pus. should i change his food and what home remedies can i provide to heal them.
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Best thing you can do is get him to a vet.

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Yes, vet first. Make sure its not something else !

But I am a firm believer that higher protien causes alot of issues. There are different opinions on this, but personally, I would feed a lower protien food, I would feel comfortable around 20-23% A decent quality food as well.
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I too think you should take him to the vet, and sooner than later. He may have mange or a fungal or bacterial infection or low thyroid. So many things can cause "skin problems" be they directly or indirectly so it's best you have your vet look him over before playing guessing games switching his diet etc.
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Update

Thank you to those who posted...I ended up taking my baby to the vet and it turns out he was allergic to his food...I now have him on Pedigree and he is doing a lot better!
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I'm glad you opted to take him to the vet and now you know what was up with your boy!

I don't know what you were feeding your boy before but I bet there is a happier medium between what he was on before and what he's on now. While many dogs live long lives on pedigree there are some much better foods out there. Check out these sites for comparing different dog foods...
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Thank you to those who posted...I ended up taking my baby to the vet and it turns out he was allergic to his food...I now have him on Pedigree and he is doing a lot better!
I'm glad you took the great advice and got your boy to the vet to figure out the cause.

IMHO though, Pedigree is a cheap-o, cruddy brand of food. I would recommend checking through the forum for the many threads on decent quality food brands out there. If budget is an issue I'm sure there are threads for that too.
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Glad your baby is getting well, I figured it was food related or lacking the premium quality ingredients some.

Check out this link. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/dry/
- I feed only 4 or 5 star "all life stages" (ALS) to my pups and adult dobe...holistic/organic brands, including healthy treats
- makes a big difference, cheaper than vet bills
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I'm glad you took the great advice and got your boy to the vet to figure out the cause.

IMHO though, Pedigree is a cheap-o, cruddy brand of food. I would recommend checking through the forum for the many threads on decent quality food brands out there. If budget is an issue I'm sure there are threads for that too.
+1 & totally agree, with Rouleaux.
- if price is a real factor, Costco has some premium labeled dog kibble, better than some commonly advertised varieties (found on TV)
- as many big Companies spend far more money on TV ads and artful packaging, instead of the quality of food ingredients, ending up in the kibble bag

Like the old Fram oil filter commercial: "pay me now or pay me later"..."crap in / crap out"...we are what we eat, our dogs included
- lesson #1, learn to read the bag food label...first 10 ingredients, tell the whole story

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Thank you to those who posted...I ended up taking my baby to the vet and it turns out he was allergic to his food...I now have him on Pedigree and he is doing a lot better!
That's great you took your dog to the Vet.

I'm curious, how did they determine that "he was allergic to his food"?
And that Pedigree was the better food to use?

Thanks!
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