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Old 08-21-2016, 05:34 AM
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Hi all,

I have 3 dogs: a 13 year old female cockapoo, a 6 year old male Bichon Frise and a 2 year old female Bichon Frise. They are all in good health except for the fact all 3 of them are starting to scratch for no reason that I can see. I have been feeding them 4-Health grain free food with a scoop of Cesar wet food but it seems like lately they have gotten tired of it. I read that adding a little bit of olive oil may help but they have all basically turned their noses up at it now. I try to feed them healthy food but at this point I am not sure what to do. I would appreciate any suggestions you can offer.

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Are you sure there are no fleas? It doesn't take but one flea to cause crazy itching. It could be allergies, either food or environmental. If they aren't wanting to eat the 4health any more, a good one to try is Taste of The Wild. It's pretty much designed to rotate between bags, for a different protein each time. Changes it up, keeps things interesting. I don't feed kibble, but if I did that is one I would consider for that reason.
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Have you considered raw? I now feed my 4 dogs using the prey model and they have never been healthier. Teeth, all the plaque is gone without an expensive vet trip. Coat, beautiful! Joint health, better than before. Not for everyone but everyone should at least consider.

For kibble, try different ones. Before changing to raw I fed Taste of The Wild and my dogs did well on it and liked it.
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I have been feeding them 4-Health grain free food with a scoop of Cesar wet food but it seems like lately they have gotten tired of it. I read that adding a little bit of olive oil may help but they have all basically turned their noses up at it now.

4Health, if I'm not mistaken, is manufactured by Diamond, and for that reason alone, I'd recommend a food switch before you try anything else. The company is famous for low quality ingredient sources and turning their backs on large onslaughts of serious complaints about their products. And since dogs can smell if the meat in their food is "off", I would suspect that might be going on with your dogs sudden refusal.

BTW, the same issues could apply with the Cesar canned food - it's been a long time since I've been in the supermarket dog aisle, but I suspect it's as junky as it was the last time I saw the ingredient label. And if I'm remembering right, many years ago, a friends Westie was becoming discolored and had pretty badly inflamed skin from that brand. So a food overhaul might be necessary in this case.

Just my 2 cents

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Dogs, after a number of years of being fed a certain kibble protein (primarily chicken or beef) can become allergic to them. Go to Youtube and find Dr Karen Becker's videos on allergies, for a good explanation. I would try a different food with a different protein type and remember, most of the time you won't see a change immediately, it takes several weeks sometimes!
Health Extensions Allergix Buffalo and Whitefish is a good one...........

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