Obviously, I'll call the vet on Monday, but we're running out of dog food and will need to buy more before Monday. I'd like to try something that may be good for dogs with allergies, just in case. Plus it seems like the foods good for dogs with allergies are really the best for all dogs anyway. Just wanted to pick your brains a bit if you don't mind :)
First, we have an 11 week old lab/shepherd mix. He tends towards the lab side in appearance and personality as far as I can tell. Anyway, he scratches a lot on his stomach and sides. A lot. He bites his legs. While he is biting he makes a weird sound, not really a whine, more like a sigh of relief mixed with a bit of pain. He does not scratch his face and he does not lick his feet (those seem to be common symptoms in dogs with environmental allergies, from what I have gleaned from google LOL). He has patches of fur missing on his belly, legs, and a bit on his sides. More alarming, he has raw patches and sores in these areas.
Now for his food history. His previous owner was feeding him Puppy Chow, so I started with that because he was used to it, but then went to Blue Buffalo Wilderness Blend. We bought a really small bag and it didn't go far, plus it wasn't a puppy formula, or a large breed formula. About that time, our grocery store has Beneful on clearance sale for half off, so I bought a 15lb bag. He's been eating it for two weeks now. He has always been a scratchy puppy, ever since we got him. He does not have fleas. But the sores are quite new. He wasn't on the grain-free Blue Buffalo blend long enough, in retrospect, for us to notice a difference. He was on it for about a week. We didn't realize how much a growing large breed puppy ate. He liked it, though. Gobbled it right up. That's the other thing about Beneful. He doesn't gobble it up. We are having a hard time getting him to eat as much as he is supposed to and he's looking thin. His stools are usually rather loose. Occasionally he has all-out diarrhea.
We have a routine vet appointment next Friday, but I'll call on Monday to see if we can have it moved up. But, you know, the internet age. Just wanted to throw this out there and see if any one else had similar experiences and what food was good. From what I gather, we'd have to try a new food for 12 weeks to see if it alleviates his condition anyway, so might as well start now. And if it's not an allergy, they still tend to be healthier dog foods. Oh, and since we will need new food soon, we cannot order it online, so it will have to be something available at Petco. Bonus if it's available in large breed puppy formula and available in large bags (30-40 lb) :)
And we are not interested in feeding raw right now.