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Old 12-10-2010, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So Jäger has been itching lately and I am not sure what's causing it. It's mostly his face/neck that he's itching, although I have seen him licking his front legs, too.

I am in the process of switching his food from Wellness small breed to Taste of the Wild, although I bought the wetlands formula, which contains duck, chicken and turkey, and I should have bought one of the other formulas. I have just a small bag, though, and I'll switch to something else when that is gone. Maybe EVO or Orijen.

Anyway, I want to start giving him fish oil to see if that helps, but I'm not sure of the dose for a 15-pound dog. Any ideas?
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I have Yummy Chummies fish oil and it says for a dog up to 25 lbs. 1 pump,I messured it and it is about a teaspoon Hope this helps.
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I have Yummy Chummies fish oil and it says for a dog up to 25 lbs. 1 pump,I messured it and it is about a teaspoon Hope this helps.

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I just did the same thing for you. I give Chagall one pump of Wild Salmon Oil, as directed for dogs under 25 lbs, and I too measured it to be just about teaspoon. Chagall couldn't figure out why he got to lick the spoon tonight at dinner, usually I just squirt the oil directly from the bottle. As you may know, it takes time to see results, so give it a few weeks to start doing its magic. I began using it last winter when I saw some white "flakes" (not snow!) on Chagall's neck. After a few weeks on the wild salmon oil, which I keep him on year round now, he's been fine. Good luck, I hope Jäger is more comfortable real soon. He's such a good-looking dog, with such a happy face, I hate to think of him being annoyed with itches!
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Try TOTW Pacific Stream, a fish based food. My 3 dogs can't tolerate the other flavors - too rich or something. We don't have the new lamb flavor here yet. My BT, Rocky, had to switch to Natural Balance Potato and Duck, and is now doing better.
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Try TOTW Pacific Stream, a fish based food. My 3 dogs can't tolerate the other flavors - too rich or something. We don't have the new lamb flavor here yet. My BT, Rocky, had to switch to Natural Balance Potato and Duck, and is now doing better.
I am so disappointed that Jasper and the TOTW Lamb formula did not jive :( A new round of ear infections and itchy chin syndrome He thrives on the Pacific Stream though! I am happy that he can tolerate the NB LID venison or bison canned. I puree the canned into a gravy to use as a topper on their dry kibble.
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Nickel sometimes licks (even chews) his front paws. But he definitely licked more often when he was on TOTW wetlands kibbles.
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Nickel sometimes licks (even chews) his front paws. But he definitely licked more often when he was on TOTW wetlands kibbles.
What does he eat now?
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What does he eat now?
Weekdays: Honest Kitchen Embark (contains chicken and turkey) + chicken liver/egg yolk + salmon oil
Weekends: Honest Kitchen Embark + green tripe + chicken neck + salmon oil

Treats: Zuke's mini (salmon or chicken), Orijen 6 fish kibbles, Nature's Balance roll (beef or lamb; can't do chicken - yes, he can do raw chicken liver and chicken neck but not NB chicken roll)
Chewy: Old West beef tendon (used to give him chicken jerky too but chicken is causing itchiness)

Now he only licks/chews his front paws when he needs/wants a bath. He used to chew his front paws till it turned angry red. His ears and eyes were itchy too but not anymore.

Sorry for going into this kind of details but I'm trying to show you how chicken seems to be causing problem and yet, it is not causing any problem when it's raw (or dehydrated raw).
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Thank you all for the feedback. I picked up some salmon oil this weekend and I am hoping this will help.

I am also going to reevaluate his food. I think we will need to go to something that does not contain chicken.
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Llama's itchy too and she's not on chicken. i've already eliminated eggs and yams. removing the latter did help considerably, but i'll have to work on her diet again once we get back from vacation.
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