I have a 2 year old Golden Retriever who has problems with vomiting and/or diarrhea every few weeks which clears up within 2—3 days by not eating and then starting with ground beef and rice. At all other times he eats Iams for less active dogs. Other than these episodes, he is very healthy. A friend who swears by your supplements suggested that I switch Bobby Jo's food to lamb and rice and give him Lipidenn capsules until the supplement arrives. I’m switching him over to Nutro’s lamb and rice and giving him 3 Lipiderm capsules daily, which he is tolerating fine. The other problem is that he chews his nails and various places on his legs and seems to scratch quite a bit —~ has only had one hot spot, which was last year. The vet checked him out last weekend and found no medical problems. My question is, when the supplement arrives should I continue the Lipiderm also? Also, do you have any other suggestions?
Cathy L., Virginia
It sounds like your dog may have a reoccurring case of mild gastritis. The bland diet of rice and lean meat (uncooked) seems to be the right thing to do. Lamb and rice formulations are good, but if the itching continues you might go to your vet and see if he has access to some Purina HA (hypoallergenic diet); it seems to be very good where a possible allergy is present. The chewing makes me feel there is some allergic component, at least with the chewing. The best formulation for the skin is the Healthy Skin and Coat formula. It has extra fatty acids for the skin, and biotin for hair and nail growth. If the dog is chewing the nails, there may be some fungus involved also. The fatty acids seem to help this condition too. I would introduce the supplement a little at a time, as your dog seems to have a sensitive stomach. Take about a week to get the supplement up to full dosage. Hope this helps. Please let me know through this site how things progress. PLEASE THANK YOUR FRIEND FOR HAVING SUCH GOOD FAITH IN THE US.
Charles Kruger, DVM