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Hi there...I have a 2 yr old gs. I started feeding her otc dog food when she was a pup and immediately she started itching. So I started making my own using a big pot, once a wk. cook a whole package of chicken (like 6 thighs) 4 cups rice, one package (big) mixed veggies, a couple of eggs, 1/2 package of fresh cranberries and cook it all up...shredded the chicken. She loved it. But..it was time consuming so after 5 months we started using that and mixing it with kibble. The itching came back. So then someone told me I probably wasn't giving Moxie enough nutrients with what I was creating (minus the kibble). So I said screw this...I'm going raw. I've been feeding her raw for 2+ wks and am afraid she won't be getting enough. I feed her one whole frozen chicken thigh bone in...in the morning and same at night. At night I add in 2 good size pieces of fresh chicken livers. And once a day I squirt the recommended omega 3 oil my vet recommends (can't remember the name) when I popped in the other day to ask...for help regarding the raw diet...they front desk said...no one would talk to me about it because they don't believe in it.

I only have money to buy chicken and cheap cuts of meat. Considering what I do feed her...do you think A. it's enough for her (she'd not a big gs. 70 lbs or so)...And b. do you think I should add in some type of vitamin to make sure she gets exactly what she needs? I cannot afford to contantly be wiping her with expensive wipes due to the itching and ear infections...nor can I buy and pay for multiple trips to the vets for her allergies...which is why I chose to go raw.

thank you for reading all this. I'm very sorry it's so long and...I just wanted you to get the picture and know what I have tried (oh...on the rice and home made food stuff...she ended up having that butt issue where she itches alot because she wasn't emptying her bowels enough because I went grain free. :O

So the question is...considering what I am feeding her...should I add in some type of vitamin to make sure she'd getting enough nutrients to remain healthy.

btw...I do feed her table food regulary...like left over skin from squash...squash, apples...just stuff laying around that I'm not going to eat. Even a piece of bread ...sliced cheese...

Thanks so much. I deeply appreciate any direction you can give me.

Marie T. Wiley ps. I love my dog. She's the best thing in the world. :)

pss. she's still itching...but not as much...which is why I ended up here to buy that shampoo...I thought get that and give her a good shampoo...just to help once and for all end the itching (I think it might be residual and habit)...Would Head and Shoulders work just as well? thanks again. Peace!

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December 12, 2016 at 11:48 PM

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Your homemade diet does not seem balanced. Usually a mineral mix and other vitamins are added to the meat and vegetables. I think it would be good to try a raw diet made by a major company. Most pet stores have a few options to choose from. Because your dog has allergies I would avoid chicken. I would also give PROBIOTICS and OMEGA 3,6,9 to help with the allergies. The homeopathic, DERMA-IONX will also help to stimulate the immune system and target the allergy symptoms.

     I would not use Head and Shoulders shampoo on your dog.  It is quite harsh and drying.   To really stop the itching, healing will need to start from the inside.  

A more natural shampoo can be soothing and offer relief but you will still need to make internal changes. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
December 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM
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