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Old 09-16-2016, 08:29 PM
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@KerriAnn, can you post a link to exactly what products you're feeding the dog? All i'm seeing is ground meals. Never liked these prepackaged meals, still not really certain of what you're getting. And @ $4.00 a pound? Whew. I will only feed whole meals - whole bone and whole meats, side of organs, the dog is going to chew. Bone ground up like that likely isn't going to be that effective.

I'd start out with a blood panel personally, and look at each item carefully. Highs or lows can point to different things - and you can make diet adjustments accordingly.
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I've never heard of that before. Allergies don't usually have anything to do with infections.

My lab had an ear infection the other day, the vet told us clean his ears more often and to keep them dry above all.

If the infections are still reoccurring I'd guess (as a total layperson) that there is some source for the bacteria in your home or the antibiotic treatments aren't long enough to fully work.

I think you're trying too many things at once. Lots of dogs have trouble with abrupt changes in their diet.

First of all though, I would lay off ALL the raw feeding until you get this figured out. If she is having constant infections, that means her immune system is not working as well as it should and eating raw food is subjecting her to many more bacteria.
Hello @Esand

I have read numerous articles and my vet suggested that reoccurring infections can be a sign of allergies. Infections such as ear and UTI's.
For example, this article by Dr. Randy Kidd suggests this and gives a little more information on the matter. Understanding Canine Allergies | Whole Dog Journal

I have heard though that it is important to clean your dogs ears regularly, especially labs like ours, because they have long hanging ears. I have started to do that.

I agree that we may be doing too much within too little of time.
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@KerriAnn, can you post a link to exactly what products you're feeding the dog? All i'm seeing is ground meals. Never liked these prepackaged meals, still not really certain of what you're getting. And @ $4.00 a pound? Whew. I will only feed whole meals - whole bone and whole meats, side of organs, the dog is going to chew. Bone ground up like that likely isn't going to be that effective.

I'd start out with a blood panel personally, and look at each item carefully. Highs or lows can point to different things - and you can make diet adjustments accordingly.
Hello Jagger,

Here you can find the different kinds of food that Big Country Raw sells and what is included in each. Big Country Raw | Food For Dogs

We have fed her turkey, duck, and pork. Most of the other "novelty" proteins are pretty expensive and so I haven't purchased any.

We are paying a pretty penny only because I don't know how else to help her. I did try the whole meat and bone but am unsure exactly how to do it so it shy'd me away from feeding her this way. Too - she slightly choked on a bone when I left her to feed herself (while watching from a distance) and this also really scared me away. I tried a few times after but I had to sit there and feed her because I was afraid she would choke and because this is not something I can constantly do, I thought I would try Big Country. Do you believe BCR then is not very good? I know I would save a lot of money if I were to go to a butcher/grocery shop and get raw for her but I am not confident in how to really feed her properly.. especially when it comes to preparing it and giving her organ meat. Its all a lot of information to take in.

I'm starting to think if maybe she has an environmental allergy (too). I am going to try bathing her once a week with natural shampoo and wiping her feet when she comes in. My house is extremely clean (vacuum about every 3-4 days) and so dust is not an issue.. thinking it is more grass/pollens. We will see how that helps.

In the meantime, I will stop giving her itch medicine. What do you recommend I do in the meantime for feeding?

You have been such a big help! Thanks so much!
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It's not that BCR is bad, seems to be better balanced per meal than others on the market. At least they put organs in.

it's the fine grind that doesn't make sense, great for a geriatric dog but not really useful in your situation with a dog that can't express anal glands naturally.

It could be environmental allergy, it could be near anything at this point.

Did you happen to watch the video from Dr. Becker I posted in another thread of yours?
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