08-29-2016, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by sjoelyxo
Yeah it's butchers tripe mix, it comes in a tin and it's the only dog food he'll eat, but even that he's not too bothered with. He's really, really picky. Most dog foods he'll avoid, so I find it hard to actually get him to eat through out the day. Having said that, I'll feed him a mix of cooked chicken and pasta and he'll eat that no problem. I've tried different foods as well, and a few months back my vet advised to put him on a very bland diet of just chicken and rice, but the scratching hadn't reduced after him following that for 2 weeks, along with the creams and tablets they provided me with, so I'm not entirely sure what to do. I'm trying to vary his food as much as I can but its a struggle to get him to eat anything other than cooked meat really!
I'm guessing that this is what you're feeding him Buddies Butcher Block Chicken, Beef, Tripe 20LB | from $2.80/lb - True Carnivores
It looks like a decent food.
You'll have to play with the diet to see it that's it. You're going to have to feed him a novel protein, one he's not had before. Since he's had chicken and beef, I'd try fish, pork, rabbit, or venison. You can feed it raw, or cooked, for him I think raw would be best since cooking can destroy some nutrients. If he improves then you can either feed him a raw diet, we've got people on this forum that are raw feeders and would be glad to help you formulate a feeding plan that would be nutritionally complete, or you can look for a dog food that may work for him.
If it's environmental that will be more difficult. You can try wiping him down when he come in from being outside. Bathing every week, or every other week, with a shampoo designed to be used that often.
Apoquel is what I use for my allergy dog, and so far he's done well on it. The drawback of it is that it does mess with the immune system, and that could cause other problems later in the dogs life. Since there is no real long term studies, and the drug is a new one, it's an unknown, but like I said, so far so good, and I have not seen any research stating otherwise.