Hey Ravena,GSD's are more inclined to have a genetic predisposition called IGa deficiency (or immunoglobulin A deficiency) and are more prone to "gut allergies", bacterial infections etc. -- this can be found in the Merck Vet Manual if anyone is interested. For reasons I'm not clear on, they don't make as much IGa as other breeds. Because of this they can be more intolerant of environmental and food related issues. Probiotics help to stimulate IGa production so feeding raw green tripe is a great idea for GSD pups. For those that can't tolerate tripe a supplement may be in order (or kefir - which has more beneficial strains of bacteria/yeast than yogurt). Chicken, eggs, legumes (such as green beans), garlic and some other foods have a specific protein in them that, in susceptible pets (and people) trigger an IGa reaction. When the body can't make enough IGa to keep up with the demands put on it, symptoms begin to show.Not all GSD's will, obviously, have this issue but it does seem to be pretty common. Trying to avoid all chemicals, as you are doing, seems like a very wise idea with GSD's especially. Also, if you suspect a food (even one that has been eaten for some time) may be causing a reaction I think it is a good idea to eliminate that food until it can be determined for sure that it is not causing an issue.I am intolerant of dairy products and my scalp will get itchy to the point that I make it bleed in my sleep. Oatmeal shampoos are okay but tea tree based shampoos REALLY REALLY help me.. Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree castile soap is the correct ph for a dogs' skin.She is really a cute puppy!!!!
Thanks! I'm pretty fond of her
She loves her chicken so far, crunching her bones happily, but she's still very miserable with her skin issues. She scratches at her flanks and underarms like crazy and is starting to make raw spots again. I added a probiotic to her diet to see if that will help. There's just so many things it could be that I don't know where to start - dust mites, detergent I clean her bedding with, grass and outdoor allergens, shampoo, cats, diet etc.
I really hope it's not chicken, since that's the main meat in the starter program but I'm not sure whether to keep going with the chicken transition or switch faster to adding turkey.
Currently she's pooping once a day, very small compared to the epic kibble poops of old! And keeps its shape but is relatively soft still. Added a bit more bone today.
I just feel so bad for her, I have eczema so I know how awful it is to be itchy. She wakes up at night just to scratch (her crate is by my bed so it wakes me too, but I feel so bad for her it doesn't matter). Any advice on how to start eliminating possible culprits?