I even have a boxer, bull mastiff mix named Leo, who struggles with itching and scratching on a regular basis. It got to the purpose to where I felt so bad for him not only because he’s my best friend but because I can tell he was uncomfortable. I finally had enough and gathered up my veterinarian’s phone number and took a visit to the vet. Leo was having rashes on his belly and kept licking his paws to were they were getting infected.
The very first thing the vet asked me was, “what sort of food do you feed him?” I replied with “a healthy food with no corn or bi-products.” He said “that is good but what’s the formula?” I told him it was chicken. He said I’d need to try feeding a novelty protein, something apart from chicken beef or lamb, that are common ingredients present in pet food. The vet told me that the majority people are available and think that their dogs are scratching from fleas however it seems it’s always the food that they are feeding. He said that if I try feeding a healthy pet food with a novelty protein my dog is more than likely going to have a greater response because he’s never been exposed to that specific meat source. The vet said that identical to humans, dogs can turn out to be allergic to any ingredient at any time. He had mentioned some options of foods that I could feed but I insisted on going home and doing my very own in-depth research for myself to see which pet food could be right for my dog. I got here across loads of very healthy foods that were grain free but I still didn’t know which direction to take. I finally narrowed it right down to a pair limited ingredient diets which contained a novelty protein as the primary ingredient, that may work for my dog. The forms of pet food that I discovered were quite simple, easy on the stomach and the skin.
Week by week Leo became a complete latest dog. His skin issues have improved greatly and the dermatitis areas between the paws disappeared. His rashes near the belly had also gone away.
Seems that Leo was simply having a response to the chicken. No longer that chicken is a nasty ingredient but chicken is a less expensive protein and in many of the foods he ate, chicken was the principal ingredient. After switching to a novelty protein the skin cleared up.
In case your dog has skin issues, take a take a look at the ingredients on the package of pet food you feed and see what the meat sources are. When you see chicken, beef or lamb, chances are high that might be the problem. Also make certain there isn’t any corn, wheat or soy. Grain free could be a great alternative with a single novelty protein.