|Barked: Fri Oct 20, '06 4:00pm PST |
|Hi everyone! This looks like a neat forum and I hope we'll learn a lot from you folks.
My dog Wiggy is a happy, healthy dog, a little over a year and a half old. But she has a very thin coat, and always has. As a pup she had a hot spot I thought might be related to a corn allergy (very common in rat terriers) and the vet agreed. We switched her to a no-corn diet and the hot spots are gone, but she's still never grown a full coat. It's thin on her head, neck, and chest.
Over the last year and a half we've tried several premium foods and tried cutting out wheat, corn, and soy altogether as I've read they're common allergens. We tried Blue, Prarie, and Chicken Soup brands in chicken & rice formula, and then Prairie Venison & Millet after it worked so well for my parents' dog, but her coat hasn't changed after a few months on each food. We're now back to Blue as I like the cold-processed nutrient bits, and she might be doing slighly better on it. Her fur is very soft where it grows, anyway!
Since food changes haven't made a difference, other than corn, we're thinking this may no longer be a dietary issue. I wonder if it could be environmental allergies, but she's not red or itchy. My husband thinks she's just naturally thin-coated and it's not even a problem, and maybe he's right! I just don't want to give up on her coat too easily.
Do you guys have any similar experiences or suggestions? I'm hesitant to medicate her when she's not in discomfort, but am very open to natural remedies and immune-system boosters that might help! Thanks in advance!
~Christine on behalf of Wiggy
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