Pepsi & Charlie, owned by Anne Wood
My two labs, Pepsi and Charlie - who are now 3 yrs old, have been raw fed since around 7 months. I wanted to tell you about a couple of things that have really re-affirmed my decision to switch them to raw. About 4-5 mnths ago, Pepsi came in from playing in the garden and we notices she was bleeding from her paw. We checked and she had split one of her nails. it was split right down and the nerve was exposed and it was bleeding quite a bit. part of the nail was dangling off, so we kept it clean and took her to the vet the next day.
Bulldog, dob 13/05/2009
Baxter has been fed dried dog food all his life, with the occasional meaty bone (chicken carcass/pigs trotters) after doing a little research into different commercial dog foods I chose to change his food in August 2010 to a grain-free kibble: Fish4Dogs.
It seemed to suit him...nice coat, clean ears, firm poo. In May 2012 the fur on his flanks started to thin and his skin under the thinning patches looked red and sore it didn't bother him at all, it wasn't itchy and didn't seem sore at all, just looked unsightly. I didn't think it could be diet related as we'd had no issues with the food since starting 21 months prior.
Initially I used Sudocrem but it made no difference. I spoke to other bulldog owners who had dogs that seemed to be experiencing the same issues...many had made several visits to the vets and undergone numerous tests that were inconclusive, seasonal alopecia seemed to be a common diagnosis.
I would have gone to the vets had the patches got worse as I had been doing my own research and for peace of mind wanted to rule out thyroid issues, but in the meantime I went on to try MSM cream and an anti-bacterial spray DermOpt, along with kelp and garlic supplements.
I stopped with all the lotions and potions after seeing no change at all and started Baxter on a raw diet around about 20/8/2012. His skin seems to be improving daily, almost before our very eyes and the latest photographs taken 16/09/2012 almost a month into raw and the difference is amazing, the redness has almost completely gone and the fur is growing back lovely.
He's always liked eating but this raw diet has taken it to a whole new level, he enjoys every meal with passion, it's lovely to watch, and knowing I'm doing what's best and seeing amazing results so early on is a fantastic. My only regret is not starting sooner. x
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