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post #1 of 18 Old 05-09-2012, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Skin issues with my great dane?

My dog Stormy is an 8 or 9 year old great dane. She's a great dog but had had some skin issues for a while now. She is itchy all over. Her tummy, back of her back legs and base of get tail mainly. Her tummy is red and splotchy and kinda crusty..? Oh and she smells awful. I'll bathe her, and the next day she smells bad again. She's greasy too. We went to the vet thinking it was allergies got a cream and it didn't help much. It gets worse during the summer/spring. She's also gained a good amount of weight even though we haven't changed anything. Opinions in what it is or what I can do would be great. I can post pictures if needed
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What type of food are you feeding? It sounds like it could be a food allergy to me.

I have a great dane too. :)
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Try putting her on a sensitive skin dog food. My dog was very itchy when she was young, and I put her on Pro-Plan sensitive skin and it did wonders. She stopped itching and her coat got less oily.

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I second a food allergy. Or environmental. What type of food does she get?

I have a lab that is allergic to wheat and will break out along his chest, tummy and groin area if he gets fed it.

Depending on what your feeding, I'd cut out beef, chicken, corn, wheat and soy from her diet. Try a lamb and rice or fish and rice formula. Make sure you give it a good 4-6 weeks before switching again. And really REALLY read the ingredient labels. Most times you'll see a difference within 1 week, but sometimes it can take longer so like I said, give it time...

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We have changed her food before... But for now it's Pedigree bone and joint. I was thinking that, how could I find out if that's the problem?
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We have changed her food before... But for now it's Pedigree bone and joint. I was thinking that, how could I find out if that's the problem?
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Pedigree is honestly one of the worst foods for a dog. Look at the ingredient list. It makes me cringe.

Try Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice formula and see what happens.

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Ok thank you very much. We are about to move into an apartment and can't have her all stinky :P
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There have been A LOT of food recalls recently, so do your research before switching. Several Diamond products are on the recall list, so double-check to see which kibbles available to you are made by them.

I usually recommend trying grain-free kibble for allergies, but dogs can also be allergic to chicken and fish, so you may have to do a process of elimination.

Orijen
Acana
Taste of the Wild (a Diamond product, but manufactured at a separate facility)
Natural Balance
California Naturals

All that said, I feed my dane a raw diet (meat, bones, organs) and she does fantastic on it. Most dogs who do horribly on kibble despite trial and error make a massive turnaround on raw inside of a week. I can send you some links if you're interested - are you a member of the forum on Great Danes Online? Tons of info there.
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No I'm not, links would be great! Could I cook some regular chicken (boiled) and rice?
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Taste of the wild has been on a recall list too. I don't remember which one. Chicken Soup was on there too. Most Diamond products were listed. Yes, talk with the manager of the store about the recalls. I feed 4Health and it was on the recall...but, the warehouse where this store gets the food, wasnt affected.

I would love to feed raw, but I have 3 labs and its not economical at all.

Improperly prepared raw food can have adverse effects too. Salmonella poisoning is increased. Improper vitamin/mineral balance can cause numerous issues. So if you don't know what your doing, don't do it.

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