Big Lil pup
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Dogs Name: Foxfire's The Real McCoy (McCoy)
Titles: Pet of the Year
Dogs Age: DOB 9/12/14
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Acana Meadowlands is generally considered a very high quality kibble. It is, however, grain free. Feeding grain free kibble has become a controversy as of late due to a possible association with DCM.
Our 5 1/2 yo was fed it for several years until we switched to Purina ProPlan Salmon and Rice due to all of the hoopla over grain free. He did extremely well on Acana. Basically his skin and coat were perfect and still are.
As far as bathing, in over 5 years, McCoy has never had an actual bath. I occasionally hose him down with cool water or wipe him down with a damp clean towel. Keep in mind that I am not suggesting that one should never bathe their Dobes, this is simply what has worked for us. I also never brush him. If he ever gets a bit seasonally itchy, I lightly spray him with an aloe, Lidocaine and water mix that I make and wipe him down with a terry towel.
He also gets a daily supplement of fish oil and Vitamin A.
Like dobegal ^^^, I would also recommend a complete thyroid panel. Hypothyroidism is extremely common in Dobermans at that age. And skin issues are often a prevalent symptom of Hypothyroidism. Once diagnosed, it is generally both easy and inexpensive condition to control.
In any case... Welcome to DT from the Pacific NW!