Hello guys, I have a 20 month old Male APBT, named MOses. He is a grreat dog, and had had no problems with health at all, but Ive noticed that on his right and left sides, on the lower back quarters, there is some small hair loss, about the size of a small tennis ball.
The LEFT side is much more evident, if he is standing a couple feet away you can Definately see it.
The RIGHT side is barely losing hair.
Anyhow, it IS symmetric, and it has me worried because this seems to be where a dogs kidneys would be.
Also, My mothers dog, Chico had this same thing, but it went away. he had his blood drawn, but I cant remember what the diagnosis was. Either way he is fine now.
I believe this happened to chico right around the big food scare.
Now, with Mo, I feed him only good quality food, usually Canidae No-Grain, or another No-grain quality dry food, and then I supplement with a RAW food patty. Sometimes If I dont have raw food patty I will use Ground beef from Trader Joe's, and whatever vegetables I have around, like Brocoli, carrots, lettuce, Beets, sometimes rice, or oats or barley too.
The last three weeks, I had the dogs on Wyosong (or is it Wyofood?) either way, its a natural food, but it DOES have grain. I also supplement with one of the above vegetables and meat, and sometimes canned Wild salmon.
My girlfriend just got the food this time, and she was lazy and got Beneful, so I dont want to waste it, so it looks like they'll have that for the next week.
SO......Am I missing something in the diet?? Im hoping that I can supplement with something and itll go away..I have been giving Mo some cut-up apples and bananas cuz I know they are good 4 kidneys.
I cant make him drink more water, wish I could.
He gets enough exercise, could use more running tho. The only treats he gets are trader joes chicken treats, and about two-three times a week he gets a medium Rawhide from QFC or somewhere.
Also, since he was a pup, he cant help himself and he eats ANY stuffed animals around. I've pulled cotton from his butt many times, and also found it in his feces as well. Could this be why? Maybe some stuck in somewhere? Ive taken all of them away except the one he chokes/sleeps with.
I'm really worried here and I dont know what to do, I am going to take him to the VET, but he doesnt do good with vets, in fact he is starting to become VERY human and dog aggressive. Another problem I have to deal with. Puppy class didnt help. He loves family, hates strangers.
Also, he seems to have a problem with the anal gland thing. Every week and a half, I will be laying in bed at night watching TV, and then I smell something awful. NO doubt, its the anal stuff. I then have to change the sheets and wipe his ass.
I dont think he has trouble controlling it, but who knows. What would you guyts shuggest for this??
ONly ONCE has he been sensitive in the area. I'm thinking if I take him every two weeks or month to get it evacuated, then there wont be a problem???
ANYINPUT SUPERBLY APPRECIATED, THANKS!!