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October Ask the Vet

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser

This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about a dog with allergies and feeding 3 corgis to meet their individual  needs.

Q: My dogs scratches and itches a lot, she is a 10 year old mixed terrier, I have had her to a veterinarian hospital because of her food allergies. She is currently on Wellness Duck & Rice dry food, she still scratches and itches some, one of my vets told me to feed fish or duck, what would you suggest?

A: According to veterinary dermatologists, the five most common conditions that contribute to pruritis (itch) in dogs are: parasitic infestations, secondary bacterial overgrowth, secondary yeast overgrowth, atopic dermatitis and adverse reaction to food or food allergy.

Remember that dogs may be affected by more than one of these factors concurrently‚ÄĒall contributing to reach the itch threshold.

I suggest a switch to the Wellness¬ģ Simple Food Solutions¬ģ Rice & Salmon Formula.¬† Feed one half of the calories as wet food and one half the calories as dry kibble.¬† Keep a notebook recording regular observations on bouts of discomfort caused by itching or gastrointestinal upset.¬† This trial period should last at least 6 weeks.

Remember –Simple Solutions Formula is to be the sole source of nutrition for the pet.¬† No treats or table food.


Q: We have three Corgi’s that all eat 2/3 cup of food two times a day, but one is several lbs. heavier in weight. What can we do? All are on Wellness CORE grain free food.

A: You are feeding each dog 1 1/3 cups of Wellness¬ģ CORE¬ģ Original Formula per day (2/3 cups twice daily).¬† This is about 560 kilocalories ME or about enough for a 21 pound dog.

Before you start- weigh the dogs and body score them.

To keep dog one and two the same weight, feed the same amount.  For some weight loss in dog three, feed less.  The recommendation listed below reduces dog three calorie intake by almost 25%.  You should see weight loss.

Feed dog 1:  2/.3 cups twice daily

Feed dog 2:  2/3 cups twice daily

Feed overweight dog 3:  1/2 cup twice daily. (reduced intake)

Continue to monitor body weight on a scale.

11 Responses to “October Ask the Vet”

  1. Dick Whitcomb says:

    We have 2 Corgi’s, brother & sister, that are 22 months old. They RE FED 1 3/4 Cups of Wellness CORE per day in two feedings and they also get some treats – 2 or 3 little hard cookies per day. Both dogs get outside exercise every day and run together for some very good exercise. The boy dog also plays fetch every day and gets additional exercise.

    The girl weighs 35 lbs and the boy 39.5 lbs. The girls looks very trim and appears to be the correct weight The boy is clearly heavier than the girl and has a much larger stature – but I would not consider him fat. The vet says that they are both at a good weight, but the boy should not get any heavier.

    When I feed them I place the food down and let it stay until they finish which might take several hours. I notice that at night they both eat everything just before it is time for them to go to bed. Would it be better to place the food for a period (1 hour?) and pick it up if n ot eaten. Is it harmful for them to eat just before they are put to bed?

    Thank you

  2. Bill Schramm says:

    For the itchy dog. My last husky had scratching problems about spring and fall time. If you can get beyond the fur and skin is a little deeper pink than normal I would suggest taking dog to vet for an allergy shot. Sometimes he would only need a shot in the spring and it would carry him through the fall. In addition, we used to take him for grooming every three months and our groomer would give him an oatmeal bath which really helped calm him down.

  3. Ed Caroe says:

    We have two male/neutered West Highland Terriers, both rescues. The 7-yr old is larger and weighs about 22 pounds. The smaller 2-yesr old weighs about 21 pounds – and is a little over-weight. [I'm a Wewstie rescue volunteer. When we rescued him 6-months ago the skinny, black mildew covered pup w. all fur he could reach pulled out, was about to be taken from the pound by a group which collects small dogs for the pit bull fighters who throw one into the fighting cage to get the pit bulls aroused while they rip the little pup apart.] The little guy still isn’t confident he can count ln regular meals, so eats everythng available; he’ll change that soon.

    Most Westies have skin allergies to wheat and beef. So we feed all Westies in our care WELLNESS Sweet Potatoes and Fish – KIBBLE. I’ve fed Wellness kibble to Westies for 25 years. Your articles suggest that half should be WET food. Is that right? By the way, we have a training exercise after our dinner each evening and at the end they know to count on receiving a small piece of chicken, fish or pork – or a scant teaspoon of ice cream – as a treat for work well done. Is that really bad?

    Last question, a while back the little guy absolutely would not participate in training – so did NOT get a treat, and was SHOCKED! Now when iget up from the dinner table, he races to the training area, sits and looks up. QUESTION: Do dogs really retain a lesson like that, or is there another explanation?

    P.S. – Wish you made SMALL non-beef, non-wheat, non-filler hard treats. Does ANY hard treat truly help keep teeth clean? That always has been my biggest problem & vet expense. Thank you.

  4. Ed Caroe says:

    We have two male/neutered West Highland Terriers, both rescues. The 7-yr old is larger and weighs about 22 pounds. The smaller 2-yesr old weighs about 21 pounds – and is a little over-weight. [I'm a Wewstie rescue volunteer. When we rescued him 6-months ago the skinny, black mildew covered pup w. all fur he could reach pulled out, was about to be taken from the pound by a group which collects small dogs for the pit bull fighters who throw one into the fighting cage to get the pit bulls aroused while they rip the little pup apart.] The little guy still isn’t confident he can count ln regular meals, so eats everythng available; he’ll change that soon.

    Most Westies have skin allergies to wheat and beef. So we feed all Westies in our care WELLNESS Sweet Potatoes and Fish – KIBBLE. I’ve fed Wellness kibble to Westies for 25 years. Your articles suggest that half should be WET food. Is that right? By the way, we have a training exercise after my dinner each evening and at the end they know to count on receiving a small piece of chicken, fish or pork – or a scant teaspoon of ice cream – as a treat for work well done. Is that really bad?

    Last question, a while back the little guy absolutely would not participate in training – so did NOT get a treat, and was SHOCKED! Now when iget up from the dinner table, he races to the training area, sits and looks up. QUESTION: Do dogs really retain a lesson like that, or is there another explanation?

    P.S. – Wish you made SMALL non-beef, non-wheat, non-filler hard treats. Does ANY hard treat truly help keep teeth clean? That always has been my biggest problem & vet expense. Thank you.

  5. Debbie Starns says:

    My 3 yr. old Golden Retr. has severe allergies. She licks her paws until raw & scratches her face & ears w/her hind foot until raw. She has to wear an Eliz. collar when I’m not home. My Vet gave her a Cortisone shot recently. It’s brought back her appetite. I have her on Hills Z/D dry dogfood but heard it’s not a quality dogfood.
    Should I switch her over to Wellness Simple Solutions?

    I had her Hair tested also. It showed she had extremely high levels of Sodium, & Aluminum. How do I correct that?

    She is an indoor dog. She only goes out to potty.
    Thanks.

  6. Carol Marro says:

    I have a 10-1/2 year old golden retriever who had his lower jaw removed so I have been and feeding him for 2 years now. I started him on Wellness Core because Natural Balance Duck and Potato formula was changed and my 2 goldens aquired very loose stools at first then severe diarrea. Charlie and Penny were on Wellness Core for less than a year but due to the side effects belching from Penny and bloody stools from Charlie I switched to the fish and potato formula. Then Charlie started to get his loose stools again so I had to incorporate R/D for more fiber. The problem is he is now scratching and has several hot spots due to the added R/D. Rice in their diets makes both goldens scratch and Penny goes nuts jumping and belching alot when rice is added to food.

  7. Marion Seabert says:

    I have the same problem. I’ll cut back on my terriers intake. Thanks!

    I also have a terrier that scratches all the time. He currantly takes benydrl which helps somewhat. I just bought wellness Healthy Weight to try to see if this doesn’t help both of my dogs, the fat one and the itchy one. We’ll see
    if this helps his food allergies.

  8. Gabriella says:

    The large dog breed adult formula has more protein in it than the normal adult formula but it says to feed them six cups a day. The normal formula says to feed the dog 4 cups a day. Why is that? This is for a 115 pound dog. And will it really make a big difference when it comes to getting a large breed formula to a regular adult formula?

  9. Bev M. says:

    I love Core original, my dog cubbie can’t get enough of it. i do have a few concerns. he has been on core for about a year and has had no problems. he is a 7yr old chocolate lab weighing 82.5lbs. he is fed twice a day.. a couple of handsful in the morning and a lg cup for dinner. should he be eating twice a day? my other concern is that his coats looks great since eating core and all was well until i used k9 advantix on him. he does have seasonal allergies and has had flea bite dermatitis.. so now his coat is thinning. what should i do? his vet appt is next week and i don’t want him on steroids… he is not itching/scratching and digging that much at all now. please help! i do not believe that core is the problem and will continue giving this to him…. thanks much!

  10. Nancy Eger says:

    Hey, Doc….
    My husband and I have a three year old tibetan terrier mix..He scratches often enough to wonder if I should have him on an allergy bend of Wellness. We have him on the kibble for small breeds, or the Supermix Complete Health formula…He has a pink undertone to his skin,but I am wondering because of the scratching he might be fighting an allergy.
    Thanks!!!

  11. Vickie Nelson says:

    My 12 yr Golden Retriever has for 6 yrs been scratching, itching & had some serious hot spots. Since he was a rescue who had maggots on his hind quarters when I rescued him from a KILL shelter he had many health problems to deal. Once his sores healed he was diagnosed with a yeast & fungal skin disorder. I bought food from the vet, he got baths every week with an antifungal shampoo, took antibiotics it seemed he would never be happy since he was constantly itching. His skin had this awful odor even just after a bath. I did some research, talked to managers of pet stores throught the USA & Canada & decided to try Wellness. I started mixing the Wellness with the vet bought food till he was eating all Wellness. I’m using Wellness Life Protection Formula, fish & sweet potato flavor. He LOVES it. I had shaved him to keep the hot spots on his body cleaned to help with infection before the change in food. His coat has grown in beautifully. He has no sores, no hot spots, no itching & no stinky smell. The hair on his hind quarters where the maggots were is now growing in slowly but I can tell it will grow fully in. He was one of my rescue dogs that no one wanted because he wasn’t “pretty”, I adopted him. I’ve had him for 5yrs now. I only wished I’d researched earlier. He’s happy, he plays chase in the house with me, he returns toys, the cats & him play together (he lets them chase his tail when he’s wagging it & even entices them to do it), but most of all he smiles now. Wellness food is the best thing you can do for your animals, my cats & kittens are now on Wellness also & they love it. Bradley has lost 7 lbs, his hips hurt him less, he jumps in the car now. I truly believe if I hadn’t found Wellness he wouldn’t have made it through the year. Now I see several more years for him. Bradley’s is a happy healthy golden thanks to Wellness.