I went overseas for a year, I think my dog was stressed about being home alone (was with my Mom but alone during the day) and he didn't eat the greatest dog food (it contained grains). He was fine when I left and then his health dramatically deteriorated while I was gone, he's gone blind in one eye (apparently there is a tumour inside of his eye) and he has these skin tag things that bleed occasionally. One is big and on his forehead. He also can't seem to hear me but his hearing was fine when I left. When he goes outside and direct sunlight hits the eye that has gone blind, he has short tremors/seizures.
My dog is 15 and a Malti-poo.
I'm looking for specific suggestions on skin and eye health with regard to supplements and diet.
When I got home last week I took him off the dog food and started feeding him foods that lack lectins/grains which I thought might cause skin issues and eye goopyness (allergy related). He seems to be a whole lot happier right away. But I'd like to help him some more.
There's a great book out there called "Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet: Healthier Dog Food the ABC Way" by Steve Brown. It basically details a "paleo for dogs" type diet. Perhaps not surprisingly, canine macronutrient ratios are totally different than humans (they need ~50% protein for starters). The author provides a number of options that vary depending on whether you want to supplement normal dog food or go the extra mile and put in more time/money. A lot of the supplements will look familiar to one versed in the paleo diet!
That's an old dog, so there may not be all that much you can do, but you could try to feed it liver, since the retinol (pre-formed vitamin-A) is necessary for optimal eye health. Switch the dog to a grain-free food and add some beef tallow or some other type of healthy fat for his skin.
The book Raw Dog Food - Make it Easy for You and Your Dog by Carina MacDonald is excellent. I suggest you read that, and consider adopting the author's suggestions for feeding your dog a a diet based around the kinds of foods that dogs are meant to eat.
(You can bet that your dog's ancestors did not hunt the wild kibble.)
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