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    DefaultFood switch--when will good things happen?

    I'm finally switching Boo to a higher quality, grain free food and off his LBP. He's had some mild to moderate itching and a coat that's a little thin and not as shiny as I've seen it in the past. I don't expect to see a positive change in him tomorrow (I will throughly inspect him anyway :), but when will I know if this food works for him?
    A week? Month? Longer?
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    DefaultRe: Food switch--when will good things happen?

    If the itching is related to food, and you found a food that works, you can actually see a difference in a matter of days. More likely 2 weeks or so. Full benefits by 1-2 months.

    Switch gradually - over 14 days, not to upset the stomach. Start with about 10% and go up 5-10% every day, but stretch it out for about 2 weeks. Do not rush it. I stick with 10% for about 2 days and then go about 5-10%/day.

    WHich food did you choose? I switched to Orijen a ways back. Licking paws stopped within 5-10 days tops, within 1 month, dandruff was gone. He has been on it for about 6 months now and still great.

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    DefaultRe: Food switch--when will good things happen?

    That's so encouraging! Thanks for the prompt reply. We're going w/ Natural Balance sweet potato and fish.
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    DefaultRe: Food switch--when will good things happen?

    here is the deal with that food, atleast the venison and rice formula - it did not have enough fat for my lab. I used it myself and he had really bad dandruff. It helped a little with other issues, but not with dandruff. I am glad I switched after about a month, b/c a month later the venison formula was recalled.

    how much fat does the formula have. the fat issue with the venison formula is a known one. you should also give omega 3s.

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    DefaultRe: Food switch--when will good things happen?

    For us a few days.
    Ernie is sensitive to wheat and chicken fat.
    He itched non stop and had dandruff. I tried all sorts of special kibble. Nothing worked. I took him off kibble and a few days later I could see the improvement.

    I feed kibble sometimes and can see in a day or two if it doesn't agree with him.

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    DefaultRe: Food switch--when will good things happen?

    Quote Originally Posted by gerst001
    how much fat does the formula have. the fat issue with the venison formula is a known one. you should also give omega 3s.
    10% fat, I think this is the same as the venison.
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    DefaultRe: Food switch--when will good things happen?

    does your dog have dry flaky skin? If so, this food won't help that. If not, and he get's it - it's the food.

    this food did not work wonders for my dog, but the ingredients you are going with , may help a ton.

    good luck - keep us posted.

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    DefaultRe: Food switch--when will good things happen?

    I agree with the low fat mentioned.

    Also, dogs draw their energy from fat (unlike humans that draw it from carbohydrates) so 10% is too low IMO for an active dog.

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