Here's a little background info on Mayhem. We have tried several foods and I think I have found the brand I like. Mayhem was on Iams when we brought him home. We then went to Purina Pro Plan, then TOTW, and now Nature's Variety Instinct.
Mayhem started itching and scratching really bad at around 10 weeks. We took him to the vet and they did a skin scrape which came back negative for mange but they felt like that was it and we began treatment. He was itching so bad that he had to be put on an antibiotic and prednisone. Every time we tried to wean him off the prednisone he went right back to intense scratching. Fast forward to around 18 weeks...still the same. I confronted the vet and said there is no way this is mange ...it has to be an allergy of some sort. They gave us Royal Canin to feed. I dont want to feed this so I bought the NVI Salmon (small bag) and I started seeing improvements. Next bag I bought the Beef and Lamb. Itching started again. I was drving into work last week and it hit me. Everything, including treats have beef.
4 days ago I bought the NVI Limited Lamb, removed all treats and he is doing noticeably better. He will be completely off the prednisone Tues, he isnt itching but a little (I know it will take a little time to get everything out of his system), his coat is shiny again, and he doesn't stink. I believe he is allergic to BEEF. Once I have him completely better, I will give him beef to confirm but I am so glad this is hopefully resolved. It has been an ordeal for us and especially Mayhem.
That is great news. Any time you can get them off of drugs is a great thing.
You can also add Digestive Enzymes and a good Probiotic in his food.
Also Certified Organic Coconut Oil is very good for allergies and skin and coat and other things.
The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Written by Dogs Naturally Magazine on July 8, 2011. Posted in Nutrition And Diet 171 Comments
Although supplements can be a confusing topic for many pet owners, most dog owners have heard of the benefits of feeding fish oils. There are however, a variety of oils that you can also use to your dog’s benefit, each with different actions and benefits.
Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component (more than 40%) of MCTs is lauric acid, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).
Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.
In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:
Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
Immune System, Metabolic function, Bone Health
Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Helps reduce weight, increases energy
Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
Integrative Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support.”
Why not give coconut oil a try and introduce it to your dog? It offers many benefits for your dog and is a more sustainable and less toxic source of oils than fish.
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