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Let me give you the background info. so you can help me in picking out a food for Cody. Cody was weaned on to purina puppy chow, about a month after I got him I noticed he had bumps on his legs and was itching. So I switched him to Canidae ALS which has a bunch of different protein sources in it, mistake on my part. Anyway, the bumps didn't clear up and he developed scabby, dry skin. So I got him off of that. I then began feeding him raw. His diet consisted primarily of chicken quarters, and other chicken organ meat. He would get some mackeral on occasions. This cleared up the bumps on his legs but he still has the awful dry scabs on his back and has developed a few more since being on raw. He was on raw about 2-3 weeks and is/was really doing well in all aspects despite his scabby skin. He also gets bologna during training, about a slice a day.
My thought is that he's allergic to chicken maybe. I really don't know what else it could be. Chicken is something that all the foods have in common that I have given him so I'm thinking that might be the culprit.
I'm going to the pet store this weekend and need to buy some good food for my poor boy.
Here are a list of the foods I'm considering: TOTW the fish formula or possibly California Naturals Lamb and Rice. Does anyone have any experience with dogs with dry flaky scabby skin that can help me pick a food out for this guy?
I have fed fromm to my other dog and he loved it and did great on it. Would duck be a low allergy food? Considering duck and chicken are both foul, would he likely be allergic to duck as well?
I really need your ideas, past experiences, or any help you could offer... Thanks.
 

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CA Natural is a natura product and I would highly recommend. I would also make sure that his skin issues aren't a staph infection.... it's very common and needs a round of antibiotics usually to clear it up. Also, transition over gradually. Also, the Fromm 4 star foods have several all stage foods with only single protein sources. It's a very good food.
 

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It can be just the scabby sores and is very common.
 

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I had the same problem with Dylan when he was young. I started with a vet visit to make sure it wasn't staph. After ruling that out , I added Merricks Wilderness Blend to his kibbles until he was on the wilderness blend totally. It has been about 8 years and no allergies. I also give him 1T. of local honey and 1 fish oil softgel (1000mg) every day.
 

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California Natural Lamb & Rice.

Let me give you the background info. so you can help me in picking out a food for Cody. Cody was weaned on to purina puppy chow, about a month after I got him I noticed he had bumps on his legs and was itching. So I switched him to Canidae ALS which has a bunch of different protein sources in it, mistake on my part. Anyway, the bumps didn't clear up and he developed scabby, dry skin. So I got him off of that. I then began feeding him raw. His diet consisted primarily of chicken quarters, and other chicken organ meat. He would get some mackeral on occasions. This cleared up the bumps on his legs but he still has the awful dry scabs on his back and has developed a few more since being on raw. He was on raw about 2-3 weeks and is/was really doing well in all aspects despite his scabby skin. He also gets bologna during training, about a slice a day.
My thought is that he's allergic to chicken maybe. I really don't know what else it could be. Chicken is something that all the foods have in common that I have given him so I'm thinking that might be the culprit.
I'm going to the pet store this weekend and need to buy some good food for my poor boy.
Here are a list of the foods I'm considering: TOTW the fish formula or possibly California Naturals Lamb and Rice. Does anyone have any experience with dogs with dry flaky scabby skin that can help me pick a food out for this guy?
I have fed fromm to my other dog and he loved it and did great on it. Would duck be a low allergy food? Considering duck and chicken are both foul, would he likely be allergic to duck as well?
I really need your ideas, past experiences, or any help you could offer... Thanks.
 

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He's only 4 months old so should I give him the CN lamb and rice puppy or adult? I know some are against puppy foods but it has a higher protein percentage.
 

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Many people ( and some breeders on here) are transitioning their pups to adult foods by 4 months. And then there are many who don't recommend puppy food at all.
 

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Puppy formulas versus adult versus versus all life stages formulas very widely from brand to brand. In the case of the California Natural Lamb and Rice formulas you are considering, I'd definitely recommend the puppy version for its 26% protein and 16% fat. These are building block sources every puppy needs; the CN Lamb Adult formula has only 21% protein and 11% fat which, IMO, is too low for any dog under a year old. A salmon oil supplement with vitamin E has certainly helped my Bentley's skin conditions.
 

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Have you consulted with your vet about this? I would. It may not be food allergies at all and maybe some testing needs to be done.
I feed California Naturals Lamb and rice, but Abby takes medicine for her airborne allergies, too.
Good luck!
 

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Meanwhile, get and antibacterial shampoo and soak him to see if you can help the itching. Eqyss Microtek products are good and I believe you can buy Chlorhexiderm on line. If you have a good relationshp with your vet you might be able to call and they would sell you a prescription shampoo.
 

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I recommended Natural Balance to a friend who has a boxer that was having all kinds of skin & diarrhea. She uses the Natural Balance Fish & Sweet potato & had great results. If you haven't already have your puppy checked by a vet. Be sure there isn't something else causing a problem. Make sure they check for mites. Puppies with immature immune systems often have skin problems from mites.
Fromm also makes some limited ingredient foods with fish. They do however have cheese in their formulas (from Wisconsin) so be sure no dairy allergy.
 

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You've gotten good recommendation for food.

But, really you need to have the vet check his skin for staph infection, it shows up as flacky black scabby places and normally does not have any redness or moistness. If it is staph he needs antibiotics.
 
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