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My Dane has always had slightly yeasty paws and ears. Nothing major. I would just clean his ears once a week or once every 2 weeks and he was fine. His ears are still the same but one of his paws (back right) has exploded with yeast. It’s all brownish red between his toes and underneath between his toes and foot pad. My vet always just prescribes a spray. I’m using zymox now (just started 2 days ago). He’s been off kibble for a few weeks now. He eats THK Embark and Force. I also mix in some Primal Turkey and Beef grinds. He also gets cottage cheese, eggs, kefir or yogurt, and salmon or sardines. The only thing I haven’t done is eliminated potato. THK is the only think I’m giving him that has potato in it and he only gets 1.5 cups of it per day. I don’t think that is enough potato to be exacerbating the problem is it?
I live in South Florida and we have had one of the rainiest summers in recent history. Our yard was waterlogged (it squished when you walked on it) for about a month. This is the first time he’s had a yeast infection like this on his foot. I’m thinking it’s the humidity/ all the rain we’ve gotten too.
Thank you, Pattyvaughn. I googled it too and the consensus seems to be that gingko is safe for dogs. I think I might try it when it’s time to rotate my green whole food supplement. Thanks again for your quick response!
I started the switch by adding The Honest Kitchen dehydrated food and Stella and Chewy’s or Primal freeze-dried patties to my dog’s kibble to change it up and keep him interested. I think it should be adequate nutrition as long as you’re adding the complete formulas. Just make sure you look at the calories and replace the appropriate amount of kibble with Primal. The dehydrated and freeze-dried foods tend to be a little more calorie dense. I’ve been feeding about 2/3 kibble and 1/3 Honest Kitchen, Primal, or Stella’s going on 2 years now and my dog loves it and is in the best shape he’s ever been in.
- This reply was modified 8 years, 2 months ago by RescueDaneMom.
Thank you pugmomsandy and Hound Dog Mom for the info and quick responses. It is much appreciated!!!
I have been lurking on DFA for a few months now. Originally I was trying to find the best dry food for my dog, then I started getting into dehydrated and freeze dried. Now I’m looking at frozen raw. For the past two months I have been doing 2/3 premium 5 star kibble with 1/3 frozen raw (complete formulas from Primal or Stella & Chewy’s). I didn’t know if my dog would go for it so that’s why I started this way. Now I want to move to full raw. I will admit to being lazy when it comes to this process. The easiest thing for me to get hold of right now is Primal grinds and complete formulas (Primal and S&C). A lady in the next town owner has become a retailer and sells it out of her house and adds very little markup.
I have a 7.5 year old Great Dane named Max that I got from a rescue. He is 155 pounds, is currently eating 1800-1900 calories per day, and is in perfect condition. I have fed him 3 meals per day since I got him because I could and it works for him. I want to do Primal grinds with additions for two of his meals and a complete formula for his third meal. I am most concerned with balancing his two meals of Primal grinds. From reading I have gathered that these grinds can be high in bone content as well as fat so it is important to add extra muscle meat (heart, boneless meats) and protein (eggs, cottage cheese, canned salmon, canned oysters, tripe?). I also plan on adding yogurt or kefir, sprouted seeds, fish oil, vitamin E, HDM’s superfood blend and veggie/fruit/herb puree, and 3 cloves of garlic 3x/week.
I have a few questions/ things I wanted to double check. He would need about 3200mg combined EPA/DHA, 300iu vitamin E, 200iu vitamin D/lb of food, 3 tsp of superfood blend daily, right? I couldn’t find what the appropriate amount of vitamin A was? If I use cod liver oil for the vitamin D, will that provide sufficient vitamin A? Also, would it be good to use a glandular supplement too? Lastly, assuming I have covered everything, a multivitamin/mineral isn’t needed correct?
Thank you in advance for your help. And special thanks to Hound Dog Mom for posting menus and such great, detailed information.