I have 2 German Shepherds one male and one female. I fed them Blue Buffalo for a while and my female always had very itchy skin. It would get so bad in the summer that she would need to get a cortisone shot once a year.
When I went paleo I started researching grain free dog food to see if it might help with the skin. It was already gluten free and no corn or soy. When the male GSD started to get itchy skin too I decided to go grain free/high protein for them. The female did well and trimmed down, and skin improved, however the male got constant diarrhea and the worst farts you could possibly imagine. He also got really really skinny, and you can see his bones through his skin. He lost all of the hair on his butt and looks like we don't take care of him.
We switched them both to a new food with rice and salmon. He seems to be doing better and putting on weight, but still skinny and losing the hair on his butt. Our female is getting really fat on this new food. I really don't know what to do. I am scared to switch their food again and risk him losing more weight and getting diarrhea.
Any suggestions on improving skin and helping the make to put on weight. Advice specific to the German Shepherd Breed would be great.
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We took him in to the vet because the weight loss was not getting any better and was still loosing hair. Vet did a blood panel and everything was fine. He said he has a flea allergy and gave him antibiotics. Hopefully he will put on some weight once the antibiotics are done. I will keep everyone updated. Diarrhea is gone since switching back to the grain free blue buffalo. I would like to go raw meat with them as soon as he is better. I don't want to shock his system while he is recovering.