I feed mine a good food, well I think it's good, NB Duck & Potato, and give them treats of fresh veggies & fruit every so ofter, so I haven't felt the need to give supplements. I used to give prescription vitamins to my cat, but he was 16 + years and had low iron so the vet recommended it.
The reason I'm asking is because I have a 12 week old chihuahua that is balding. The vet has ran numerous tests and we can't seem to find out what is wrong with her. He tested for demedox mange, ring worm, another type of mange, ans something else I can't remember. He said she doesn't seem to have any allergies.
She acts perfectly normal. She plays, eats, sleeps, and poops normally. I've been searching on the internet to see if there is something we haven't looked at. The only thing that I can come up with is that her body is missing supplements. We feed her Science Diet puppy, which I know isn't the best, but it's the only one her and my other chihuahua will eat!
I was also wondering if it was due to stress. We just got her two weeks ago.
It's also important to mention that she is a blue chihuahua. I know that some people have said this is possible with blues. But there must be something I could do for her. She is almost completely bald on top of her head and it's starting to creep down the back of her head. She has some spots on her back and tail that are missing hair. Last week the vet did a skin scraping to test it for mange and now that area looks like it is thinning.
I feel so bad for her. She is such a cute puppy, even bald!
One of my female schnauzers has allergies. I give them vitamins but sometimes I give the Missing Link. My vet told me not to give both at the same time. Missing Link to me is a good product. It has helped Mandy's hair alot. It grows thicker and so fast when she is on the M.L. I am giving them Missing Link Plus now because my male needs the glucosimine it has in it. You might try it and I really think it will help with the hair loss. Good luck.
I know, I really want them on a better food. I've tried Wellness and Innova. They take a few kibbles and spit them out. The pup is small so I worried about hypoglycemia and plus it was a waste of food. The shelter wouldn't take it because it was open already. The Science Diet was the only one they even showed interest in. I've heard chihuahuas are finiky eaters, so what else can I expect.
Are there any other good foods that I should try? It's getting expensive and I don't like wasting the food. I wish I could get samples of it, but I don't know any companies that give samples.
Theyre only as picky as you allow them to be. After the 1-2 week switch, leave the (new) food down for 10 minutes. If they dont eat, take it away and they get nothing until the next meal, in which you offer the same food again.Adventually theyll eat, dogs wont starve themselves.
For skin & coat issues I recommend the Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato or one of the Natural balance lines... probably potato & duck or fish & potato.
Blues are most likely to suffer from some degree of CDA - Color Dilution Alopecia. Definitely switch foods. That is a must. Also get her some Omega Fatty Acids supplements, such as Derm Caps or any other equal brand. A mild, soap free shampoo should only be used on her, unless she has the little bumps on her, as they also are prone to secondary staph like skin infections, then you need to use something such as Malaseb Shampoo and even possibly antibiotics. A conditioner such as Mega-Tek Coat Rebuilder is also good. If it is CDA, then you'll need to always have these things on hand as it will never go away, so to speak. You will always have to take extra good care of her coat from the inside and out. Never use anything harsh and do not brush or rub her fur with a towel any more than you have to. It doesn't affect their health in any way. There is a way for vets to determine if it is CDA. I have an article somewhere in my comp. telling vets what they need to look for under the microscope. If you'd like it let me know and I will dig it up.