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Dog suffering from diarrhea and hair loss

Discussion in 'Dog Health' started by Rob98, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Rob98

    Rob98 New Member Registered

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    Hi

    My last dog (shelty crossbread) died about 18 months ago and was suffering from ongoing hair loss as well as diarrhea. She was 15 when she died ans the condition was ongoing for about 8 months. My next dog (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) is 7 and is now suffering from similar symptoms. The vets (several surguries) haven’t been able to solve it, any suggestions?
     
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    What do you feed him/her?
     
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    excuseme Well-Known Member Registered

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    As above what are you feeding?
     
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    Rob98 New Member Registered

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    Standard stuff such as chicken and other meats. The latest dog is also having dry dog food “Autarky” which is also chicken flavour.
     
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    Standard stuff such as chicken and other meats. The latest dog is also having dry dog food “Autarky” which is also chicken flavour.
     
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    Kara 1 Active Member Registered

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    Try another flavour as alot if dogs are allergic to chicken and try and make sure it's grain and wheat free
     
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    Autarky is not the beat quality food, it's first an main ingredient is Maize (a corn), there is very little meat content and loads more cheap fillers.
    Grain based kibbles are causing quiet a lot of various health problems and allergies in our pets these days. Diet could be a factor in your dogs problem.
    Our dogs are not naturally grain feeders, neither do they have any sort of teeth that show they can grind such product.
    May I suggest that you look into what you are feeding and consider a better and more appropriate diet. Raw would be my first suggestion, again their teeth naturally tell you what our canine pets are designed to eat. You can get loads of help here, if you should wish to try this healthy feeding method. Both myself and @JudyN can help guide you.

    There are also these days, quiet a few good quality Grain FREE kibbles, such as "Millies Wolfheart" where you could start on a low protein product and graduate over time to a higher protein if you wished, prices start at £29..99 for a 12kg bag, this includes delivery.
    Eden, Acana, Orijen. @Bentleys (on this site). Taste of the wild, Canagan, Simpsons Premium.
    Take care with these good quality kibbles, they can be very rich, so feeding means that you need to feed less (which saves money on the extra cost).
     
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    Cooked or processed meat proteins are altered by the cooking process. Meat in it's raw form will often react quiet differently in the gut.
     
  9. JudyN

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    I'd be tempted to try an 'exclusion diet' - for example, give just chicken (no grains) for a week or so and if no improvement, give a different single protein - some foods contain just fish and potato so would be worth trying.

    Many people find a raw diet improves their dogs' skin & coat and firms up stools. If you wanted to try that, you could feed just bone-in chicken mince for a week (with boiled chicken as treats) and again, if no improvement, try a different protein source, possibly one the dog has never had before, such as rabbit.

    My dog had very soft frequent poos whatever kibble I fed him, but does much better on raw. And though his coat was fine before, it became noticeably softer after switching to raw.
     

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