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My name is April and I have been quietly stalking this site as I googled questions about my new dobegirl so I thought I should take the leap and create an account.  I just got a little 4 month old girl named Liberty from a kid who bought her for his mother who didn't want her and he couldn't keep her because he already had one grown male in a small apartment.  She is a blue and rust who showed up not only underweight but with a less than ideal coat covered in soars from play bites delivered by the adult male she lived with.  He claimed to be feeding her Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy which I bought in an effort to keep her from a food transition tummy but she was pretty gassy on top of the thin coat.  My vet suggested I try Wellness so I have been transitioning her to that and am hopeful it helps.  I've started her on Fish Oil and Coconut oil on alternate days as well and have purchased melatonin on the advice of the local doberman rescue but have yet to start her on it.  I bathed her the day I received her but she is already pretty smelly and I know better than to bathe her again.  Any advice on nutrition for her coat or topical applications to keep her smelling fresh is greatly appreciated.  I make all my own natural household and beauty products using essential oils but knowing how sensitive pups are to oils, I am hesitant to use anything on her, even well diluted.  If any of you know anything about that, all the better!! Thanks in advance.  I've already learned so much just roaming through existing posts.     

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Welcome :) and glad to hear you saved a sweet little puppy. From my understanding blue and rust and the fawns can sometimes suffer alopecia. If you have the resources a lot of people on here feed raw and have great success with raw diets. I'm planning on switching over to a raw diet. Right now we feed natural balance puppy formula and he does really good with that food. We feed him three tablespoons of pumpkin every night with dinner to keep his coat nice, his tummy settled, and most of all to keep him hydrated. 

Lol as for the stink I would ride it out or get some puppy wipes lol we typically just ignore it sometimes I will wipe him down with some wipes :)

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hi and welcome! my dog sunna is a black and rust just made a year ,she has just started losing her hair under her neck chest and belly . i don't see any rash of any kind and dose'nt seem to bother her . she also is o blue buffalo maybe it could be the rice in the food .even though she has been on it for about six mos. or so . i have also been thinking about cooking her food myself or trying raw it's just such a scarey task making it balanced with the right minerals and vitamins! probably not as daunting as i think but still . and then again the hair loss might just be a dobe thing .

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Welcome and congrats - this group is a wealth of information I have learned so much about the breed beyond what I already knew and have used alot of the training ideas with my other dogs a chihuahua and a rottweiler size doesn't matter they always seem to work :))

you'll like it here

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HI there April.. thank you for joining and bless you for rescuing..

Yep.. it's a tough road with a dilute. If they have Alopecia.. there's not a LOT you can do to halt it.. but you can slow it down considerably. ANd the advice you have received is very very good..

There's a web site called Blue's Regime.. take a peek.. sounds like more work than most people can do though..

Raw would be the best way to go.. we home cook after repeated problems with kibble ( grain free ) and Blue Buffalo in particular.. ( BTW karie.. many  many pets have gotten extremely ill.. mine included... from Blue.. I'd encourage you to switch over to something else)

We do add vitamins and supplements to their chicken rice and green beans..( three times a day..) once a week they get beef and eggs.. sweet potatoes and Sofia has a tablespoon of honey added to b'fast and lunch.. sometimes I add pumpkin when I can get it.. but living in Baja.. all they want to sell is sugar filled pie mix.. need the real deal..

Sofia has DCM and we keep her on a low sodium diet.. Bella survived alone on the streets for months ingesting garbage, weeds, bugs and rocks.. lots of rocks.. and appears to have some permanent damage to her little tummy.. but they're both thriving now on home cook..

One of our favorite members here.. Gunny... has the best solution.. he will tell you to feed your dogs the best you can afford and one that agrees with them.. can't get better advice than that..

Good luck and please keep us updated.. hoping to read more info.. as we all learn from this wonderful Forum..

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Thanks everyone! I love the idea of pumpkin; I gave it to my 16 year old shepherd mix who moved on from us in December.  He could eat pretty much anything until the end but I guess that is a mix for you; they are super hearty.  And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the "feed the best you can afford" advice.  I work full time and have two children so the idea of a raw or home cooked diet is intimidating to say the least.  I'm lucky to get dinner on the table for my family at this point so I'm hopeful the Wellness will be a good fit for her, especially if I can mix in some wet food.  I hadn't thought of using wipes to clean her up a bit but we have plenty of natural ones around as we have a three year old.  Thanks again.  I really am learning so much just looking through existing posts.      

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good morning lady kate i the past two weeks i have switched her off blue buffalo and over to taste of wild lamb. she had been playing with neighbors rescue the past few months and eating ground corn [bird seed ] set out on side walk for birds , and also the neighboes daughter puts some sort of silver somthing or other in water for fleas for her dog . she is a wholestic fan and uses a lot of natural stuff like that .anyone of those things could be the culprit so i have been staying away from there for awhile to see if she grows her hair back. but i really won't know what was the cause since i was in transition of food already and corn and silver are at same place 'stopped them all at about same time just hopeing it will grow back in and not have anymore hair loss. once we get through this i will be giving her more fresh less processed food that i make myself ! don't know about raw cause of the mess where to give raw chicken in my house yuck !!!

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Karie.. I've used coconut oil with Sofia who has a bit of thinning.. I put a tablespoon in her food and rub it on her. ( She loves the massage and Bella helps lick off any 'extra') it seems to be helping quite a bit.

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i will get some coconut oil this weekend and give it a try . even if it dose'nt help with the hair loss im sure she will enjoy the massage but knowing her she will be the one licking it off as fast as i massage it in , she is such a food hound lol !!