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Old 08-10-2016, 07:59 PM
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Do you intend to use him for breeding?
Pic in post 6 shows he's now sans testicles...
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:37 AM
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Pic in post 6 shows he's now sans testicles...
I obviously missed that. My apologies.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:30 AM
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Today I bought Hills Z/D (3kg) :



I'm starting with diet you guys recommended. They told me that I should give about 135g of food daily, separated in 2 meals (morning and evening)....so it should last for little more than 3 weeks. I will inform you of results.

Btw, I was told by the guy in pet shop that Taste of The Wild foor is too strong for bichons.
Also, my Nero is not as white as he was as a puppy (I noticed that when he stands by some maltese)... he told me that Taste of The wild is the reason for that also.

Is that true?

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Old 08-12-2016, 04:50 PM
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Bichons are pink skinned dogs, can lead to skin issues. The color change could be due to chronic intolerance etc. When we first got the bichon years ago, he was so matted that the groomer had to take the fleece off to the skin - sheared him like a sheep. He was literally pink, looked like a little piglet.

As for taste of the wild too strong, I don't know what strong means - but best quality doesn't necessarily equate to best for your dog. Some foods are high in protein and carbs, usually meant for more energetic go go go breeds. Many hunting dogs get put on a higher carb diet for field trials.

Throughout your 3 week food trial, try to keep a daily log of when the dog eats and poops - and if you can, what the poop looks like, hard/soft/runny. Take note of any positives or negatives in the dog - if any appear. If it is a food intolerance, you should notice some difference by the end of 3 weeks.
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4th day of diet...no changes. Even worse...I just came back from work and saw this on rear leg:



He had elizabethan collar, but he manages to grab rear legs over it, so there is no way I can prevent this. And now he bites this wound in front of me. No mather how much I yell at him, he cannot resist doing it.

I am really wandering what is happening with this dog. I am 99% sure that this has nothing to do with food. But let's wait and see...
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Ouch. It's going to take more than 4 days for a food intolerance to turn about...
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Day 13 of food trial - no changes. He still has urge to scratch, chew and bite himself. I bought him this muzzle:



so now he definitely cannot do any harm to himself. Elizabethan collar is no good for him any more. He is too smart for it.

Only thing that changed a little bit is poop. It was hard before, and now it is little softer, but still comes out in pieces, not runny.
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Food diet is over, 24 days of eating Hills z/d and no changes at all. That part is over.
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I was hoping you would post some good news... After 3 weeks, you should have noticed some change. 6 weeks or better is recommended but...

So it's either psychological (doubtful), environmental allergy or medical.

I would pull a full thyroid panel as the next step personally, not just T4. Thyroid issues are fairly common in the breed.
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JMHO, but those bumps when it was at its worst makes it seem more like a systemic yeast infection than an allergy.
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