Update on Ravens Bloodwork...

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Ravens bloodwork came back fine. So we are now going into the thinking behind both their issues is allergies... We  had already swithced the food over to Vetranarian Formulated Complete all natural large puppy. No wheat flour is our goal here. I got a new treat for them which is also grain/wheat /gluten free... 15$ bucks for a decent size box- they only get them 3-4 times a day- i may break in half though as they are bigger then what i normally give them as a treat. I am going to have to be a label reader and make sure that nothing they eat has any wheat flour in it. The vet has been wonderful and I am hoping this will get them on the right track as far as the ear and fur issues are concerned....

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Okay.. got that hurdle covered.. now let's hope this is it and you can start enjoying your babies again

thanks for the update

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when I had Darmok. she developed a grain allergy after she was a year old.  Had to feed her grain free kibble.  She would break out in little red bumps all over the backs of her legs and on her butt, and scratched and itched at them all the time.  She also had a grass allergy and had to have a steriod shot every summer to keep her from digging herself into a bloody mess.  That's what it was, though----cos after we switched her food and got her shots, she stopped itching, hair all grew back rich and thick, and the red bumps all went away.

So glad that Raven doesnt have thyroid problems.  My groomer has a red female dobe thats 8 yrs old and she was telling me this morning that her dog is on thyroid meds and has been for 5 years.  I think that's a very common thing with this breed.  Glad you got her checked.  I should have Ziva checked just to make sure.  I need to call my vet and see if they even do that test.  If not, there is another very good vet close by (although she is kinda pricey) that I can go to for the thyroid work up.

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Whew.  Glad that's over. I know oatmeal is a grain, but does it cause the allergies that wheat does?  I have a wonderful treat recipe w/ oatmeal, pnut butter and eggs.  Let me know if you want it.  Hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend together.

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That is a relief!  If you have a hard time finding grain free treats or if they are expensive(between Rave and Cisco I imagine you go through a fair few) you can always make them yourself too.  We do that for Dakota, we just boil up a chuck roast (beef or venison) and cut it into little pieces for her.  It is super healthy and she loves them!

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feel better everyone.

~Sasha

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I'm glad it isn't thyroid, too.  I love that idea for home-made treats Janelle!  I will have to try that one day.

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Thanks all! I am definately thinking of homemade treat route!

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Interestly enough, Sofia aDORES celery and carrots for treats... no worries there.

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My kids love carrots as well!

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I just dehydrate meat. Put a little olive oil, garlic powder, his multi vitamin powder and other supplements on it. He goes crazy for it. 

Blue, could I by chance have your recipe? I am looking for new things to fed Laith!

I am glad they are ok! It's easy once you find a few staples that don't have wheat/grains in it. Dogswell treats are good. (Find it at target and PetCo). 

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Sorry I haven't gotten that recipe up Laith! 

1/2 cup pnt butter, warmed a little in micro.

1 egg

start with 1 cup ground oats (I just throw old fashioned oats in the food processor.) and stir it together.  Then I add more oats until it becomes stiff like cookie dough.  Put out little 1/2 tsp.ful's on a cookie sheet and bake 350 for 5-7 minutes.  It doesn't take long b/c they are so little.  But I love having them little!!  No break and crumble.  Just cute little treats.

I also like the roast idea.  And, I've yet to remember to pick up celery, Katie.  I want to see if Reesie will go for it.  So far, if it has a crunch, he'll eat if for lunch.  (hehe...sorry.)

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Sorry I am coming in late to this thread....

I am really glad it isn't thyroid too but food allergies can be horrible. I have been through he'll and back with my kitty Harley. I have posted the story before, it is a long one. If you have any questions or frustrations send me a message I can try to help you with my experience. 3 vets, michigan state university, and finally s wonderful doctor that figured it out.

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Thanks CF! We have switched to food/treats w/ no wheat flour. Been a week now w the treats and the hair on her face and neck is already growing back in. Her ears look 100X better inside and I think it is helping Cisco as well. So I am hoping Dr Lusk figured it out on the first go. But with my kids we know how these things go! We are on this food below (been about 3 weeks) right now on large puppy. But it was suggested maybe switch to hollistic version. My feed store does not carry but can get it for me. They also have a young adult formula that is supposed to be coming out soon for 1-2yr old lg breed dogs. She said she would let me know when it comes out. They are doing well on it.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/vf-complete/