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    What kind of pets do you have? I have two Shih Tzus.

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    I have 2 cats (one crazy as hell), a large leopard gecko, a hermit crab, a ball python hybrid and a Columbian milksnake. We had 2 dogs but they were older and we had to have them put down when they got some serious health problems (cancer and severe arthritis). Have to be really aware when feeding the snakes because the cat that is crazy likes them and will jump in the aquarium and flipped a snake out onto the floor nearly causing the wife to have a heart attack.

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    I have 2 cats as well. Brother and sister and they look nothing alike. Wife wants a dog, but I'm not much of an animal lover and she doesn't do a good job of cleaning up after the cats. I know if we got a dog, the responsibility would then fall to me, and I don't want it.
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    I love dogs, but I live in one of those damn pet free apartments. Hard to find a affordable place that lets you keep dogs in this city.

    I shared a shih tzu with an ex many years ago but she got it him in the "divorce." Great little dog. My parents have a bichon frise that I consider my dog since we had her before I moved away. She's 12 years old now and another great dog. I like how yours are like "why the hell are you taking our picture?"

    I would't mind getting a shih tzu and name him Donnie, since Donnie Walsh kind of looks like a shih tzu haha.
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    My parents have two Golden Retrievers, which were basically mine as I was the one who trained the cagey *******s when they were puppies. Best dogs ever. Now that I live in an apartment where I can have dogs, I have been looking into getting one of my own. Looking at either a Golden or a Brittany. I just bought all new furniture and everything so I figured I better get a puppy to tear it all up.

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    Here is our new dog Niko, a 5 year old Siberian Huskie - we got him last Christmas from Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue Group.
    At first he was a handful, a completely different personality from our last Huskie who passed in July '13, Niko has some separation anxiety problems. So when ever we leave to go out we have to "Niko proof" the house or else he will find things to destroy out of boredom or nervousness, too much stored up energy? He has gotten better though. One of those things where both dog and owners have to adapt to each other. But when he is not destroying things he is a wonderful dog. Super smart and strong willed. He is a super athlete, bounding all over the house, barely gets tired from long walks. Infact Niko wont' even eat his food until he has had enough exercise to make him hungry.
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    Oh and just a PSA for you dog owners, please stop feeding your dog that ****** big box store dog food like Beneful,puppy chow, Alpo, Iams, Purina, etc... Pretty much anything you can get at Target or Walmart or Krogers is crappy dog food. Go to a real pet store like Pet Supplies Plus, Petco or Petsmart and buy your food there. I recommend "Taste of the Wild", as a very affordable grain free Nutritional dog food. You need to look at the ingredients. At least 3 of the first 5 ingredients (listed by weight) need to be an actual animal protein.
    Other good brands are Wellness, Blue Wilderness, Earthborn Holistics, Acana, and Canidae. but none of those are affordable like Taste of the Wild. All of these foods will cost more than the big department store brands. But one thing to know for sure is that your dog will most likely require less overall food than before because the good food as more nutrition value, as opposed to all the grain fillers like corn that are in a crap dog food.
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    ^^Also your dog will fart less.

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    Oh and just a PSA for you dog owners, please stop feeding your dog that ****** big box store dog food like Beneful,puppy chow, Alpo, Iams, Purina, etc... Pretty much anything you can get at Target or Walmart or Krogers is crappy dog food. Go to a real pet store like Pet Supplies Plus, Petco or Petsmart and buy your food there. I recommend "Taste of the Wild", as a very affordable grain free Nutritional dog food. You need to look at the ingredients. At least 3 of the first 5 ingredients (listed by weight) need to be an actual animal protein.
    Other good brands are Wellness, Blue Wilderness, Earthborn Holistics, Acana, and Canidae. but none of those are affordable like Taste of the Wild. All of these foods will cost more than the big department store brands. But one thing to know for sure is that your dog will most likely require less overall food than before because the good food as more nutrition value, as opposed to all the grain fillers like corn that are in a crap dog food.
    We use taste of the wild for our Boston Terrier/Beagle Mix, but with our Bulldog we had to try several different brands(and types of food within a brand) before we found something she could digest AND wouldn't cause her skin problems/ear infections. She's not cheap to feed, I'll just put it that way.

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    We use taste of the wild for our Boston Terrier/Beagle Mix, but with our Bulldog we had to try several different brands(and types of food within a brand) before we found something she could digest AND wouldn't cause her skin problems/ear infections. She's not cheap to feed, I'll just put it that way.

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    Sounds like your dog might be allergic to chicken meal? Skin Problems are very common in chicken allergy from what i've read, but i guess that might be common with any food allergy for a pet.
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    Sounds like your dog might be allergic to chicken meal? Skin Problems are very common in chicken allergy from what i've read, but i guess that might be common with any food allergy for a pet.
    She definitely has a food allergy, but we've been unable to pinpoint it. I think it might be potatoes, because a lot of the good foods we've placed her on that didn't work were salmon and potatoes, venison and potatoes, etc...
    She's been healthiest with foods that use yams instead of potatoes, and whitefish has been the best for her skin. It was an arduous process and we got our vet involved pretty quickly in the whole thing.

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    Oh and just a PSA for you dog owners, please stop feeding your dog that ****** big box store dog food like Beneful,puppy chow, Alpo, Iams, Purina, etc... Pretty much anything you can get at Target or Walmart or Krogers is crappy dog food. Go to a real pet store like Pet Supplies Plus, Petco or Petsmart and buy your food there. I recommend "Taste of the Wild", as a very affordable grain free Nutritional dog food. You need to look at the ingredients. At least 3 of the first 5 ingredients (listed by weight) need to be an actual animal protein.
    Other good brands are Wellness, Blue Wilderness, Earthborn Holistics, Acana, and Canidae. but none of those are affordable like Taste of the Wild. All of these foods will cost more than the big department store brands. But one thing to know for sure is that your dog will most likely require less overall food than before because the good food as more nutrition value, as opposed to all the grain fillers like corn that are in a crap dog food.

    I agree 100% We feed our two Blue Buffalo.

    Rule of thumb is if the first ingredient listed is not real food, don't buy it. It should be a real protein. Like chicken, fish, deboned beef........ The canned food I feed my one dog has these first few ingredients. Chicken, Chicken broth, peas, egg, carrots, potatoes.

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    She definitely has a food allergy, but we've been unable to pinpoint it. I think it might be potatoes, because a lot of the good foods we've placed her on that didn't work were salmon and potatoes, venison and potatoes, etc...
    She's been healthiest with foods that use yams instead of potatoes, and whitefish has been the best for her skin. It was an arduous process and we got our vet involved pretty quickly in the whole thing.
    There are serum tests that you can have run and can help pinpoint the ingredient(s) that they are allergic to. I advise Limited Ingredient Diets for over the counter diets once you know the results. There are other novel protein diets made by other companies that can really help the dogs with chronic ear and skin problems. Generally food allergies start very young. By 1 and 1/2 years typically. With out testing it is a process of elimination and involves some guess work. It could be a protein, carbohydrate or even a fruit for vegetable.
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    Once an animal is older, say 3-4 years it can be hard to figure out if you have food, flea or enviromental allergies or a combination of all three. It is harder but can be done.
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