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Location: southern Saskatchewan
Dogs Name: Kascha & Lois & Reba
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ocqbn, you didn't mention in your post what color your doberman puppy was. It may be totally irrelevant, but any sort of brief search will mention fawns and blues are prone to skin conditions, sometimes severe, sometimes starting very early in life.
And sometimes it can be pretty difficult to figure out exactly what the issue is. We had two dobies, one black, one brown, and about four years ago the fur on the back half of our black dobie turned brown while the brown dobie looked totally fine. It was literally a line starting halfway down her abdomen going all the way around and her entire hindquarters. It didn't seem to bother her but we had no idea what was causing the issue so we took her to the vet. He took some pictures but had no clue. It turned out to be that our dryer vent was too close to the natural gas line coming into the house. We had a massive gas leak just outside the house and when the wind blew towards the house, it went in through the dryer vent and coated anything being dried there, including our bedding, their bedding, and our sofa covers. Within a month after having the leak fixed we had a black dobie and a brown dobie again.
Finally, changing diets takes a LONG time, about 2 months has been my experience. It's far easier on an animal if you introduce changes slowly rather than ahem, go cold turkey. Think if you switched your family from your usual diet to one of all McDonald food all the time or all East Indian or all Chinese or anything that's completely new to their stomachs and digestive systems. They have bacteria that's adjusted to be most efficient with the current diet and then you change it. Bam, those populations go completely wonky as the bacteria that respond well to the new food go crazy and the bacteria that don't gradually starve. They have to reach a new equilibrium, starting from the stomach and working their way down.