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My 2 BT's look great, have wonderful energy levels, teeth etc., but they seem to scratch alot lately at their ears, and neck area and after going poop, they plop down on the floor like they have to scratch their bums. They both just had their anals done not too long ago, I know that the hard poop was suppose to help me not have to have that done, but then again they are bull terriers. (there a different bunch) It's not fleas, or mange, it's something thats missing in their diet. Mostly chicken wings/necks, 1 meal of fish usually sardines in water, or jack mackerel. 1 organ meal of liver, chicken or beef, and 1 meal of pork or beef rotated weekly. Am I missing something real obvious? Oh, they also get a fish oil cap w/peanut butter on it for the brittle nails. Any enlightenment RFD or Ranmiller would be appreciated, anyone else have any ideas?
 

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My guess would be the dry air in the heated house. I think it's probably seasonal and once they can spend some time outside or even have the windows open in the house, this will probably go away. You might try some meatier chicken meals. Maybe some boneless breasts once a week. Both wings and necks are very boney. Other than that, the diet looks good to me.
 

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Thanks, I'll give that it a try, it is really cold and dry, although the rains just started. Is venison a better option than regular beef? I have quite a bit of that in my freezer as a friend who is a hunter, cleaned out their feezer and gave me their last years meat.
 

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I'm so jealous of you and your venison. Definitely start adding that to the dogs' meals and see how they like it, venison is great for dogs!I'd follow RFD's advice about the feeding meatier meals, too.

About the cold, dry thing, I completely understand that being a factor. Heck even I get dry skin in the winter time.

Do you think a humidifier would help?
 

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Venison is probably the best meat you can feed. I know raw feeders who feed nothing but venison bacause they evidently have an unlimited supply. I wouldn't take out the beef though. The greater variety the better.

ETA: The more red meat you can feed the better. It's just not usually affordable to feed a whole lot of red meat.
 

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I would rotate in beef and pork more frequently - the higher zinc content in those may be helpful with the itchiness. Feel free, as well, to increase how many fish meals you are giving and don't be afraid to offer eggs.
 

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There you are LoveNewfies, I was beginning to wonder what happened to you, I always appreciate your posts.
 
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