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Hello friends! So my dogs have been on raw diet for a year now and are doing great :) I do feed all different proteins but primarily chicken, pork, and beef ( in that order) Recently I have been trying to find a good joint supplement for my 13 year old shepsky. I tried the green lipped mussel, long story short the cats knocked it off the counter and the dogs ate it all, the second day we had it :( So I went to the local pet store to see if they had it or something similar so I didn't have to do amazon again. They didn't but the sales lady talked me into a different one, Head to Tail joint supplement with GOJI berries. It didn't say grain free only wheat free. The ingredients looked good, nothing that I thought would be an issue with my dogs (they have never shown an allergy to anything anyway) I began giving it to them and about 1 1/2 weeks later my shepsky had a huge hotspot and then I started inspecting my lab too, no hotspots but the next day, he had puffy watery eyes! Neither one has ever reacted to anything this way before. My question is do you think this is environmental or food? We moved to a new house with lots of trees and more shrubs but we've been here for 2 months with no reaction and it's not really the time for allergies. Could it be the goji berries? Sorry this was so long just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on this. The store suggested it could be chicken related too. I have been relying on chicken a lot so my recent raw food order I didn't get any chicken. Also can coconut oil orally help with the inflammatory response? I have been applying coconut oil topically to the hotspot and it has cleared up, but my labs eyes are still watery and a little raw at the corners :( Thanks for any feedback!

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It sounds like that joint supplement to me. I would stop that, and just give something like chicken feet for joints. They work well for joints, and will compliment feeding a raw diet.
 

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might as well be just guessing randomly when it comes to trying to decide what is causing a dog to itch like that... could easily be either food or environmental, though statistically it is much more likely to be environmental. MOST food allergies in dogs tend to be to ingredients they have been taking for months if not years, NOT new food items.
 

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What I would do is eliminate the joint supplement, and see if the reaction gets better. Then proceed from there.
 

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I stopped the supplement the day I noticed an issue. Their hotspots and itchy watery eyes are starting to clear up. @naturalfeddogs I give them turkey necks, trachea, and gullet weekly (3-4 times) do you think the combination of those would be enough that I wouldn't need a supplement for joints? I haven't tried chicken feet yet and I don't usually have an issue with anything I feed, I feed whole chunks of green tripe, but feet give me the willies lol. But if it helps even more then I would be willing to give it a try. Thanks :)
 

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Trachea and gullet will sure help. See how they do for a while, and you can always add chicken feet later if you think you need to. Feet are what I use, because I can get them easily here, and I have seen the one of mine who is getting stiff improve a good bit. Feet are just full of glucosamine, probably even more than trachea.
 

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Trachea and gullet will sure help. See how they do for a while, and you can always add chicken feet later if you think you need to. Feet are what I use, because I can get them easily here, and I have seen the one of mine who is getting stiff improve a good bit. Feet are just full of glucosamine, probably even more than trachea.
I agree with naturalfeddogs, my three are on a raw diet and they often have chicken feet, as I think it is a good source of glucosamine, I haven't heard of the supplement you are talking about, but my newfy Megan suffers from a food allergy (Red rash on her belly and armpits) and I have found several supplements that cause her to breakout
 
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