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    Please post some pics of Hammy! "Openable" pics preferred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin1005 View Post
    Well here is my 1 week update on Hamilton.

    We started Honest Kitchen on the 12th, and have fully weened him off of the Royal Canin since 3/15
    We did Quinoa for a few days, and he was starting to improve, so I ran out of quinoa and started him on turkey on Saturday, now he is taking honest kitchen and turkey only.

    We have seen pretty incredible improvement with him. I was hesitant to write this because it's only been a week, but I can't deny how good he looks. His skin is much less red, his chin and belly are more of a pinkish white. His paws have been looking better as well. No eye goop in the morning which is great. He obviously looks forward to his food every meal, I'm sure I would to if I only ate hard kibble for 9 months. Also his eyes have opened more, so hopefully he continues to get less itchy and his swelling will continue to go down. I will keep you posted. Here is a new pic of him.

    Thank you to everyone who gave me advice about the food.Attachment 104692
    AWESOME!! Love when things work out-- keep us posted


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    The cost of blood testing outweighs the cost medicines and food cost. Poor boy needs relief. We had to put Ralph on a boiled lean beef and rice diet to clear out his digestive system. Serving 2 1/2 cups daily for one week, adding pan boiled organic spinach and 1 to oil into prepared about. Then increased food to 3X day, 1 cup serving. After the Prednisone shot we had wait 2 weeks before allergy testing. At this point we are making his meals in a quantity for 3 days .
    Fairly easy to do after a couple of days of experience.
    Ralph is much better. After every 3 rd day we can add a new ingredient like coconut oil/water and other healthy vegetables.
    It sounds like alot of work but once you start it becomes easier each time.
    Ralph is allergic to chicken and all chicken bi products. Also, many the ingredients of dog food eventually make him itch and lick his paws.
    Snacks are ice chips and cut up carrots at this point but hopeful since he is feeling better.
    Good luck!!

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    So good to hear!! Love to see a pic;?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin1005 View Post
    Well here is my 1 week update on Hamilton.

    We started Honest Kitchen on the 12th, and have fully weened him off of the Royal Canin since 3/15
    We did Quinoa for a few days, and he was starting to improve, so I ran out of quinoa and started him on turkey on Saturday, now he is taking honest kitchen and turkey only.

    We have seen pretty incredible improvement with him. I was hesitant to write this because it's only been a week, but I can't deny how good he looks. His skin is much less red, his chin and belly are more of a pinkish white. His paws have been looking better as well. No eye goop in the morning which is great. He obviously looks forward to his food every meal, I'm sure I would to if I only ate hard kibble for 9 months. Also his eyes have opened more, so hopefully he continues to get less itchy and his swelling will continue to go down. I will keep you posted. Here is a new pic of him.

    Thank you to everyone who gave me advice about the food.Attachment 104692
    Amazing update and so happy he's on the road to better days! THK was our saving grace as well after numerous kibbles! We love it! Can't wait to see new pics of boy


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    Since we started this thread some people have been switching their dog over from Apoquel to Cytopoint since it's an injection every 1-2 months, and has less side effects ( Apoquel can sometimes cause UTI and skin cancers if used long term ). It's worth asking your vet about that.

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin1005 View Post
    Just as an update if anyone is interested we are starting Honest Kitchen's Base mix today with quinoa. Our plan is if he's doing ok with that after we fully switch over for a week or so we are going to give turkey a try with the honest kitchen. He seems to negatively respond pretty quickly to something if it doesn't agree with him so I'm hoping to be able to know pretty quickly if it's doing good. Thank you to everyone who gave us advise. I'm hoping we are finally moving in the right direction. I'm hoping to start the Apoquel in the next few weeks as well. I'll give an update soon.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hankster View Post
    So good to hear!! Love to see a pic;?)
    Hello Everyone. I'm sorry it's been a while. Here is an update on Hamilton. A lot has happened since my last post

    We have been doing Honest Kitchen Preference with Quinoa and Lentils since 3/12. I tried switching to ground turkey, but after 3 days he started to turn red in the face with increased itchiness. Going back on the quinoa and lentils has fixed this.

    He had eye surgery AGAIN on his right eye on 4/12 to once again fix his wrinkles rolling in. This time I think it really worked well for him, He has healed up nicely.

    We tried Apoquel and honestly, there was no change. He actually seemed to get more itchy and scratched his eye THREE separate times while on the meds trying to itch his face with his paw. I was reading online that an increase in ear infections is possible on the medication, which has been one of his main problems for months, and all the other negative side effects I have read about it with the combination of my tendency towards natural remedies has resulted in us stopping the medication after 2 weeks. We told our allergy doctor we just need to take a break for a while till after the eye surgery calms down and things get back to some what normal.

    I think all along the main offender was the food, and most of that has since cleared up. He has been wearing a cone for about 3 weeks; a week before the surgery to prevent him from scratching his eye from the irritation of the wrinkle fold, and now he's been wearing it until he fully heals.

    I'm kind of at a little bit of a loss, because I've taken the cone off him the last day or 2, but need to constantly monitor him or else he starts to rub his face on the couch, or door jam corners, or anything else. Before the surgery and since, he has a habit of laying on the couch at night and itching his face with his inside nail. Physically digging his nail into his eye, and he has scratched it multiple times, which has resulted in 6 or 7 visits back to the Eye Vet. (CRAZY) I'm hoping the reason he's just itchy now is from the hair growing back around the eye from the surgery. Before the surgery I can justify his irritation from the eye fold, but I'm not sure. His skin looks so good, better than I've seen it in years.

    He's also down to 47 pounds, and I think he looks great. He was at one point 63 pounds when we were giving him Royal Canin. He's now eating a larger quantity, seems more satisfied and looking more healthy.

    I am going to swap out the quinoa and lentils today for chicken, so I will keep everyone posted on how that goes.

    Do other people have problems with their bulldogs rubbing their face on everything and scratching their eyes? I obviously don't want to have to cone him every time we aren't around.

    Here is an updated picture of him.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Here's the Before Pic of Ham at 3/12 and today at 4/23-ham-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin1005 View Post
    Here's the Before Pic of Ham at 3/12 and today at 4/23-ham-jpg
    He looks great!!! Instead of chicken.. have you thought of duck or bison?

    Also, if you need an anti-itch medicine.. ask about cytopoint/CADI shots, we got it for Lambeau maybe a week ago and no scratching since. There are no side effects and he has stopped scratching his face which he did constantly


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