My thanks to everyone who responded to my post and gave such good suggestions to help Pepper. He seems to be feeling alittle better today. Tony just gave him his antibiotic, his benedryl, his ear drops, and we cleaned his demadex and put cream on it which he immediately wiped off on my sheets! The little rascal.
To try and answer all of the questions....
It is easy to see that Tony and I didn't pick a responsible breeder. I have always had pound puppies and Pepper is the first one I have ever bought. We didn't check her out, go to her house, we did meet the mom and the dad, and mom was a full blood cocker spaniel. We think the dad was cockapoo with the cocker traits. She had him shaved down unlike the mom, and his nose is like Pep's nose-not typical cocker spaniel, more like the poodle side.
She has pretty much disappeared and I can't even find a phone number on her, but if I ever see her again, I will give her a piece of my mind.
The doctor says that Pepper has a compromised immune system, so that while other dogs can fight the normal staff that is on the skin and the demadex mites that all dogs have naturally on their skin, Pepper can't fight them off because he has no immune response. That is why everything makes him sick. He is giving him shots now to help boost his immune response to the staff infection. He is hoping to get it under control soon.
We have tried changing Pep's diet. He started on Iams, and then with all of this, we made his food out of rice and hamburger, rice and chicken, rice and tuna, etc. He did pretty good on it, but not the chicken-he had a breakout with it. Then hurricane Ike came and we lost power for over 5 days, and we couldnt make his food. We ended up putting him on Nutro natural Herring meal and rice formula for dogs with sensetive stomachs and skin. He has only been on it for a bit, so we shall see how he does on it. He is gaining weight on it. He went from 16.8 lb to 18.6 lbs in a few weeks. I guess that is a good sign.
I do have pics posted of him under Private First Class Pepper. You will see in his baby pics that he looks just like a cocker spaniel puppy. In fact, other people with dogs that look just like pepper, have cocker spaniels. When they see Pepper now, they don't believe it is the same dog.
Well, if I missed a question, please let me know. Thanks again for all of your kind posts.
Kim, Tony, Cynthia, Anthony, Pepper, Bandit, and all of the cats....LOL
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LOL long story short, I tried timberwolf when they first started out, lots of confusion and it took me 6 weeks to get it, they were on the Whole Dog Journal list of 10 best dry foods out there, after all that waiting my dogs would have nothing to do with it.
Another good dog food for allergies is California Natural, has the least amount of ingredients and is tolerated well by most dogs with allergies. They have several different varieties.
California Natural Dog Food, Natural Cat Food & Nutritious Dog Treats – Natura Pet Products
In a message dated 10/7/2008 1:48:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, susan-hart@comcast. net writes:
I feed my dog this brand and she does very well. I know each dog is individual.
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