Ever since I had to start Riley on his new allergy food, no treats no bones no nothing except that, and he had his ears cleaned which really hurt him, he's just hasn't been right. He is extremely calm... at his agility class today they asked if I gave him a sedative because he was so calm. He just mopes around, only plays if I initiate it. (which is not normal for him, usually he waits next to me with a toy in his mouth). We did play for about a half hour today and ran around the yard a bit, but when we came inside he went back to being mopey. He is eating, like a pig, he ate about 3 1/2 scoops of food today as apposed to 2 1/2.
he probably is, wouldn't you be if your ears hurt and someone poked around in them and agitated them then took away your treats and snacks and you could only eat two meals a day? I know my husband would be depressed. Hope he starts to feel better soon.
I've been sooo tempted to give him treats, and he stole a piece of steak tonight, that I had to take out of his mouth. I emailed the Iams company and they gave me a recipe to make 'treats' out of the food. All I did was blend it up and add water, and bake it. So he has some kind of 'treat' now.
I've been giving him extra attention but I don't know what else to do for him. I just hope all this will pay off in the end!
I don't know what he is allergic to yet. He was put on Eukanuba K/O for the next 3 months, then the vet wants to add different types of meats/wheat/etc to see how he reacts, then we'll know what he is allergic to.
My dog Ryssa has allergies to several different foods. One treat that we are allowed to give her is carrots..maybe your guy could have these. We get the baby carrots that are already peeled and cut and she loves them. Good luck with the allergies, I know it's a long road to get them back on a diet that agrees with them.
I feel so sad for Riley, I can't understand those doc. they should know it hurts their ears when they poke down in them I rember when Ihad brought up this same topic , when I took teacup to the vet and he dug down in his little ear hard as as he could yes i held my tongue, but when i told the members about it , not in a nasty way i just spoke my mind and one of the members respond oh you can offend some of the members saying what you said b/csome of them are vets . dud i didn't say all vets. i was talking about the one who hurt my baby ear. now i still can't clean his ears b/c of that . beleive me it's not his food it the darn vet who hurt his ears they see so many dogs and they just feel its a dog. ok well next time i go i will let him know to be very careful on how you treat my dog .he's like a child to me no i'm not crazy just mad about riley ears been there saw it happen to my baby no comment please b/c right now is not the time to talk to me if youre' going to bash me for saying how i feel . hope riley is ok give him a couple of days his little ears hurt , and if any vet reading this please be gentel to our dogs than you!!
riley - Old Mother Hubbard makes treats with no Chemicals or grains that I've been able to see. I have a sibe that doesn't do well with grains or surprisingly chicken. She also has a problem with straw in the dog house. OMH is also the parent company for Wellness dog food. Since we put the girls on the Fish and Sweet Potato, the scratching has decreased considerably. I quit feeding Eukanuba about 9 months ago because of the fillers in it. Those fillers could be part of the problem. Not to mention the increase in appetite (less nutrition in the food). I also have Romi (sibe with the problems) on antihistimines. Tavist or Benadryl can be given to dogs. I got the dosages from Pearl and Scout. The Benadryl is every 4 to 6 hrs. The Tavist is every 12 hours, so I prefer to use it. Romi has actually bloodied both sides of her head scratching at her ears. Two weeks and an e collar later, she's doing no more than regular scratching.
I think I would go to the Wellness site (or any other top dog food) and get lists of the ingredients. We went to Wellness because there are so few ingredients in the food. Less to eliminate when looking for allergens. Hope Riley is feeling better soon - Good Luck.
On the topic of allergies, one of the problems that my dog with the allergy issues has is hypothyroidism. My vet says it's a contributing factor to her itchiness. The medication along with the change in diet have helped. We are currently waiting for skin biopsy results...she has chronic seboratic dermatitis (sorry for spelling) and the vet said the biopsy will probably show underlying cause. Has your vet tested Riley's thyroid? Maybe he has a similar condition.
I talked to a man that knows quite alot about dogs today. He gave me some free samples of Solid Gold holisitic dog food and their 1800 number. I guess they have a nutritianist on call that I can talk to. I will be calling them up tomorrow for their opinion. I also talked to someone else, who gave me samples of Eagle Pack holisitic food, made of fish, and told me to try that instead of Eukanuba. I really can't stand the iams company as I've said many times. So I'll see what the nutritianist has to say and see where to go from there.