I made the switch to raw because I wanted to help my dog's allergies. He does not have food allergies, but I wanted him to be healthier overall which will hopefully boost his immune system with time and make him just feel better. We haven't been on raw for very long, only 3 months (today is our anniversary, actually!). He has gotten better, but not by much. His allergies are environmental for the most part... He is not yeasty (thank god). He gets bacterial skin infections because of his allergies, though, and the lesions are itchy and yucky. Mostly on his belly and inner thighs, and his back.
Nutrition - He gets chicken quarters, turkey thighs, and turkey necks for bone. Beef, pork, beef hearts, chicken hearts, chicken gizzards, ground lamb, and fish for boneless meals...occasionally I'll find some other sort of protein at an affordable price, but these are my staples that I can get easily at the store. Chicken liver, beef liver, and beef kidney for organs. Raw egg roughly 3-4x per week. I do bone + organ in the morning, boneless for dinner. Rotate between proteins.
Supplements - ACV, coconut oil, fish oil, vitamin E, probiotic, glucosamine, spirulina, slippery elm, raw goats milk. I do not give all of these every day of course, and some days he gets nothing. These are just everything I give on a somewhat regular basis.
Topical treatments - I have noni lotion and witch hazel which I use almost every day on his belly. He is quite difficult to bathe, to be honest, because of his size and my extremely tiny shower at home. I don't bathe him nearly as often as I should, but I try my best to clean the infected spots every day with witch hazel.
Medication - Temaril-P. I keep some on-hand for allergic flare ups...he is big, 100 lbs, and I give him a very low dose (4-8 mg of pred per day) for his size. It's the only thing I've found so far that truly keeps him comfortable. He doesn't get it every day, only when his skin is not looking so great. I know many are against conventional medicine that feed raw. I try to do as much as I can naturally and keep it as species appropriate as possible, however, I don't want my dog to chew his skin off in the year it may take for him to get better. I want him to have a comfortable and happy life while he's with me, so that's my reasoning behind the medication.
So.....what do you guys do for your allergy dogs? Thoughts on my "menu" here? I'm open to lively discussions and won't take offense! Always open to hearing opinions and changing things up