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by amalie79
Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

Thanks for that article!! We're about to start getting raw milk, and I'm hoping to make some cheeses, etc., and perhaps my own butter from it. (I promise, I'm not quite the hippie that I sound like, I just think this stuff is neat.) I feed as much as 60% of the meal as tripe. I buy tripe blends form...
by amalie79
Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:30 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

Much of what the dogs eat is actually hormone/antibiotic free, though certainly not all. I'm very VERY lucky to have great, affordable sources and local farmers who work with me. But that's actually a really good point, and something I may investigate further. One has a dietary intolerance to chicke...
by amalie79
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

I'll add that we do also give an allergy pill during high season. But even then it wasn't enough; changing the diet and adding supplements have helped make them so much better, less reliant on the meds. It was honestly a matter of life quality. We decided to approach it multi directionally. Give the...
by amalie79
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

My understanding with kelp is that you want to use it a few times a. Week if you're feeding a commercial diet; daily is fine if homemade. We actually have been using Solid Gold Seameal lately, which is a number of different seaweeds and may be ok to use daily with kibble... The probiotic that we had...
by amalie79
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

Just to add to your reading... http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The healthier their skin is (fats help with that) the better the skin functions as a barrier to pests and allergens. We do coconut oil, plus salmon o...
by amalie79
Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

Have you been feeding the coconut oil, as well? That's been a HUGE help for us, as has Seameal/kelp and probiotics to keep yeast under control.
by amalie79
Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

We do both salmon and coconut... And I totally understand!! Luna, my pei/pit mix, stays so skinny... She weighs 47lbs and you can see her ribs especially because of her shar pei coat. She's very muscular, though, so I'm happy. But people think she's starved and I was feeding her almost 2lbs of food ...
by amalie79
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:52 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Winter/Cold Weather Shampoo Recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 3191

Re: Winter/Cold Weather Shampoo Recommendations?

Tropiclean OxyMed medicated rinse. It makes them so soft. And is pretty soothing. It's like a conditioner. I always use it when they get a Dawn flea bath to restore moisture since that strips it. It's great for dry skin.
by amalie79
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:48 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Any tips to promote skin health?
Replies: 25
Views: 10655

Re: Any tips to promote skin health?

Coconut oil is a godsend for skin issues. And mine love it (plus, I get to lick the spoon. :mmm: ). It was a huge turnaround for the two major allergy dogs. One of mine is a Shar Pei mix, which are notorious for skin problems-- and she had them! But coconut oil has helped a lot. We feed raw, so they...
by amalie79
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?
Replies: 15
Views: 7085

Re: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?

Also! There was a article I saw recently, can't remember where... that said mixing fruit and raw lead to an increased risk for bloat? We don't do a lot of fruit, so I haven't thought much more about it.
by amalie79
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?
Replies: 15
Views: 7085

Re: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?

We feed raw and do frozen Kongs similar to the ones you describe (sometimes I mix some canned food with the yogurt). I used to really worry about mixing... Now, we use large and XL kongs. I do still mix grain free kibble in and a grain free biscuit often frozen in the middle. When it's all said and ...
by amalie79
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Drugs after neuter?
Replies: 3
Views: 2333

Re: Drugs after neuter?

Thanks-- I heard from a vet tech friend who also said half a tab was fine as long as he'd eat, so I went ahead and did that.

Fingers crossed.
by amalie79
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Drugs after neuter?
Replies: 3
Views: 2333

Drugs after neuter?

It's been a while since I've posted, and this is a question about my lab and not one of my pitties, but I thought you guys might have some good advice... My young male lab Andre was neutered and chipped today. The vet sent him home with rimadyl. It was 5:30 when I picked him up and I wasn't thinking...
by amalie79
Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Allergies or Mange??
Replies: 6
Views: 3758

Re: Allergies or Mange??

I second the coconut oil-- Luna had terrible hair loss when we found her and is allergic to just about everything. I questioned the vet about it being mange, too. Every single flea bite turned into a staph infection that required antibiotics and lots of bathing. But we changed up her diet a lot, and...
by amalie79
Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Canine Solar Urticaria
Replies: 5
Views: 3192

Re: Canine Solar Urticaria

Well holy crap. I just went back to your original post, too, and Luna gets those. I assumed they were bug bites and the fact that she's the shortest furred dog I've ever had so I just assumed I could see them more readily on her. She's also allergic to almost anything and everything. Her improved di...

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