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    DefaultCassie's symptoms. Are they symptoms of the food?

    Cassie has an ear infection, otitis.
    Cassie scrapes her body on wall on both sides.
    Cassie has loose stools.
    Cassie turns around her self to bite her tail.
    Cassie has a little plaque on a couple of teeth.

    I'm feeding her Pro Plan Puppy Large Robust 2-24.
    I'm starting to have second thoughts on the brand. Maybe is not the right one.
    And she's not getting any treats lately.

    Any thought of the above symptoms?
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    I would try going grain free. We pretty much stopped Sophie's ear infections and itchy skin by going grain free. I also give her cod liver oil caplets twice a day. It keeps her skin from being dry and it makes her coat glossy and her heart healthy. Have you always fed Proplan? Did you recently change her food? Biting at her tail could indicate fleas. Take a paper towel and rub the area above her tail, if you see blood or dirt, its probably fleas. Give her a couple tablespoons of pure pumpkin, the canned kind. After we gave it for just a day or so, Sophie's stool will get back to normal. Then, personally I'd go grain free. It never hurts to discuss this with your vet. Once we changed her food, it only took a couple of weeks, and she quit digging at herself, and she was looking super healthy. Also, make sure you dry inside her ears after she plays in water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sophiesmama View Post
    Have you always fed Proplan? Did you recently change her food? It never hurts to discuss this with your vet.
    She's having Pro Plan for several months now, I haven't changed it. I will ask the vet next Monday, they are closed now for holidays. I will try the pumpkin today. Shall I mixed it with her kibble or give it separately?

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    How old is Cassie?

    I think I would go to the vet. The vet can see things we can't see and itchies may not always be food.

    Sorry Pam I didn't mean to flip off your suggestion. It could be. I always thought itchies were food, but since getting Tessa have learned from my vet it isn't always. I think things we experience with our dogs shapes the way we think and the vets have said if Tessas previous owners had done the right thing when she was a pup she wouldn't be like she is now.
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    Chris, Nope, it's not always food. We did take Sophie to the vet and the first thing she recommended was changing her food. Ear infections along with itchy skin are often allergies, and the vet said that starting with a food change is the easiest place to start. If there is an improvement, then YAY! If not, then the investigation continues. With Cassie having soft poops, coupled with the skin problem and ear infections, it sounds very much like an allergy from something internal. Most times, though not always, environmental allergies will not affect the poops. It is a starting point, and a food change won't hurt her . Mistarkos: About the pumpkin. It is amazing, but pumpkin will often times correct a dog's poops whether they are soft or hard. it helps make them a normal consistancy. The few times that Sophie had issues, I just plopped a spoon full on top of her kibble. She munched it right down! Be sure to get the kind that says pure pumpkin, not the pie filling mixture. I would give it a couple of days and see if it helps resolve the problem. If the soft poops come back, then a further investigation is called for. Our vet says often these holistic methods work as well of not better than medications. Good luck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kassabella View Post
    How old is Cassie?
    She will be 9mo in a few days.

    Thank you both.




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    I will ask the vet for a Grain free food.. perhaps I'll go with Acana grain free.




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    Could being on heat be having an effect on her.

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    At 9 months she needs to be on adult food. She doesn't need a "large breed" formula. I would suggest grain free as well -- simply a starting point since you should get her onto an adult food anyways.

    And perhaps hold off on raw feeding until she is no longer having symptoms & until you know and understand all the ins & outs of raw feeding before getting started to avoid any upset/issues. She could be like Diesel and have a very sensitive digestive tract. ProPlan was horrible for him, Acana Grain Free is wonderful. But as always, check with your vet.

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    I'm not giving raw meat until I learn a lot about it and I want to be sure that I want her to have raw. How long the heat lasts the first time? Today is the 12th day.




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