My dog has developed bad skin allergies. I had him on Natural Choice Lamb and Rice. I’ve had every dog I’ve owned for the past 13 years on this food and have never had an issue. He isn’t over or underbathed. I add Brewers Yeast to his diet. Took him to vet, vet gave him cortisone (which anytime I’ve ever had a pet with skin issues regardless of the vet they seem to think steroids are the cure all) it helped but skin issues came back. So the vet told me to change his food. I’ve changed it three times now to what the vet has suggested. My dog still has skin problems and the vet still wants to do the cortisone shots. Should I start cooking for my dog? Don’t tell me to find another vet I’ve already gone thru 7 in my town and they all seem to be stuck on cortisone and changing his food. I don’t want my dog injected monthly with steroids. Should I just start cooking a basic chicken/rice/veggie diet for him and add whatever supplements he needs myself? He is perfectly healthy in ever other respect. I just want honest answers and input. For those that want to answer with dogs eating human food isn’t good for them, spare me. If its good enough for me to eat for my entire life and our food goes thru much stricter processing rules its good enough for my dogs. Any info anyone has that feeds their dogs from food they make would be greatly appreciated.
He is a Bull Mastiff/ Boxer mix.
Thanks for all the input so far.
Yeah its not fleas and its definitely not his bedding. He sleeps in bed with us and I use all natural detergents. The tea tree oil is something I may try. I’ve had others recommend it but haven’t tried it yet.
You don’t say what breed your dog is. However, as I see it you have two options:
1. Purchase the recipe book written by W D Cusick for your breed of dog and use the recipe best suited to the stage of life he is at. Go to Cusick’s site to find out more http://home.att.net/~wdcusick
I have used his recipes for years for a couple of my dogs with skin and digestive problems. They are extremely good, even if they do take some time in preparation and cooking.
2. The other option is a balanced raw diet. Meat & veg. Also very good.
Check out the BARF website for more info.
September 17 2009 02:40 am | pet natural supplements