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    Three months ago, I adopted a four month old lab puppy. At my dog trainer’s suggestion, I switched his food from the Pro Plan the breeder had been feeding him. The "gourmet" food I switched him too caused his to have severe stomach distress. So, we moved him to Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice almost three weeks ago. In this time, he has begun to shed uncontrollably and he is scratching all day. The hair on his chest has become very thin and he has scabs from scratching.

    Before, he had a beautiful coat. Some have told me that he is losing puppy hair and others say allergies. Any thoughts?

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    I would honestly go back to the pro plan and see if he does well on it. Did he look like he was doing ok on the propran before you switched?

    have you talked to your vet about this?
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    I'd also go back to Pro Plan. It's good food! You really should listen to the breeder when it comes to food choices unless you have no respect for your breeders expertise - in which case why would you get a puppy from her?

    And - see a vet too. While shedding at this time of year is normal, scratching uncontrollably is not.
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    He was doing great. He gained almost twenty pounds the frist two months I had him. In the past month, since withcing foods, he hasnt gained any but hasnt lost any. I am alos supplementing his food with fish & flax seed oils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asp2m View Post
    He was doing great. He gained almost twenty pounds the frist two months I had him. In the past month, since withcing foods, he hasnt gained any but hasnt lost any. I am alos supplementing his food with fish & flax seed oils.
    So no weight gain from 6-7 months of age? Is he still growing? Does he look thin?

    To me - that's not normal weight gain for a puppy. He should be steadily gaining. I would stop all supplements and go back to the Pro Plan. If you wish, you can try the sensitive stomach version. Make the change very gradually so he does not have any adverse reaction.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    My puppy Willow started scratching uncontrollable and losing hair at about 9-10 months old. I had allergy testing done (after trying a few different things) and she is allergic to a very long list of foods (including lamb and rice). As of Monday this week, she has been switched completely to her new food and treats, and I can already tell a difference. She still scratches a bit, but nothing like before, and her hair is starting to grow back and looks so much better!

    I would also retry the Pro Plan if he did well on that, but I'd definitely consult the vet!


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    Have him an appointment in the morning and going to get a bag of Pro Plan today. Thanks for all the advice

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    I would put the dog back on Pro Plan and you shouldn't need to have to supplement with fish oil and flax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asp2m View Post
    Have him an appointment in the morning and going to get a bag of Pro Plan today. Thanks for all the advice
    And don't get the Shreds - that food contains SOY as a protein source.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    And don't get the Shreds - that food contains SOY as a protein source.

    So? It's one of the protein sources.
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