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Old 11-26-2012, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Doberman having skin issues

My 8 month old dobey has been having skin issues. He has been getting little bumps usually just down his back and at the base of his neck. Sometimes there will be a few on his sides. They aren't really red and I haven't seen any pus. They're just tiny bumps, they make the hair stand up, and in a few spots the hair will fall out. It also brought on some dandruff but an oatmeal bath took care of that. I've done a lot of googling and researching on here and there seems to be a lot of dobes with this issue and the general consensus is a food allergy. We tried Benadryl but it just continued.

So my main question is for some advice on some food to try. Hes currently on beneful puppy food. I've looked at blue buffalo and it looks great but it's quite expensive. I'm more than willing to pay it if its the best choice, but if there's any cheaper grain free that people know off. Or if maybe there's a brand that's not grain free but solves the problem.

Thanks so much for any help, as a first time dobey owner I want to do it right
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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beneful is AWFUL food. have you checked out various brands on Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor ?
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes but I only knew to search for grain free and they were all quite expensive or not easy to come by and shipping was as much as the food
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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do you have a petco or petsmart near you? both stores have started to carry grain free food. research the brands available at the store near you and go from there.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Since you live in Winter Springs there are several great small pet food stores nearby I highly recommend The Pets Natural Choice. They are located on SR 434 right in Oviedo. 407-359-0456. The lady is very knowlegable and helpful. If you need any questions ans please PM me.
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Yes I did that but all of the grain free are $60 a bag and my boy eats A LOT. Is grain free my only option or is there like an in between that's cheaper but will still solve his skin problem
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes I did that but all of the grain free are $60 a bag and my boy eats A LOT. Is grain free my only option or is there like an in between that's cheaper but will still solve his skin problem
there's a decent chance he'll eat less if he's on a grain free food. corn is a big filler, and it's like eating nothing but junk food.
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Oh good point
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Another question: does corn in dog food already make it bad? I've been researching "natural" dog food. I found one reasonably priced called eagle pack but the 4th ingredient is ground yellow corn
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i would avoid it. i've seen the way my cats were affected by it, and i wouldn't want it in my dog's food. it also seems to be a somewhat common allergen.
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As previously mentioned, if you dog is fed grain free kibble, he will need to eat way less then what he is currently eating on Beneful, due to the fact that there are little fillers in it and the nutrition is more dense.

Bentley does really well on Natural Choice Venison. I had him on another brand called Nutram Grain Free Duck, Chicken and Turkey and he did well on it as well. But money has been tight and it was 78 a bag, so I opted to switch to the Natural Choice which is 65 a bag.

I also fed raw meat as well. Not at same meals though.

So my bag of food usually lasts me 40 to 45 days, depending how often he gets only raw food

I imagine you are buying 2 to 3 bags a month of Beneful, so with a better quality food, you will be spending the same amount of money, as you currently are, maybe a tad bit more. And in the long run, your dog will be healthier longer on a better quality food
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My boy is 5 1/2 months and eats 5-6 cups per day. He is on grain free diet as well. I can agree with you that it is and expensive choice, but Beneful is GARBAGE! Most of vthe brands you see at the super market are garbage. I have heard good things about Wellness Brand and TOTW- which are cheaper, good grain free brands.

You own a small horse- no one said it would be cheap to feed
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot everybody, we're starting him out on the blue buffalo large breed puppy food. He seems to love it so hopefully the skin issues will start to disappear.
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Thanks a lot everybody, we're starting him out on the blue buffalo large breed puppy food. He seems to love it so hopefully the skin issues will start to disappear.
That is great! Good luck to you with the new brand. I noticed a real difference when I changed brands- I went cheaper, but I felt the brand and ingredients were far better- far less "meal" items on the ingredients and less protein, making his tummy feel better and his bm 's more regular.

But you love your dog like family, so you feed him like family. That's why you feed him 'Blue"! LOL.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:12 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Try doing a search of other threads about allergies especially to food and that will help you in the battle. If you think merely feeding a certain food is your quick fix it isn't.
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