My little Gizmo is a great addition to our little family… He’s part Chihuahua and…

My little Gizmo is a great addition to our little family… He’s part Chihuahua and part daushound… He’s 2 yrs old. We rescued him from a shelter… 1 day away of being “put down”. He does not bark…seems to be nervous here and there (which I would expect) but not 1 peep yet. I’m wondering with his type of breeds if this is normal. He also has very dry skin and scratches and naws at his paws and tail. I’m assuming a food allergy? Any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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Kelly
5 years ago

HI Toni, Great advice here so far!! Also remember that your new Gizmo is going to take awhile to get adjusted to your home. It sounds like he’s a bit nervous so give him a few weeks to months to adjust to new people, smells, sounds, foods,etc. Normally small dogs tend to bark a lot, however I have a Beagle who never barks and Beagles are known for their barking. So maybe it’s just Gizmo’s not a barker.  The gnawing on paws and tail could be from allergies or from anxiety too. I’d recommend a trip to your vet to… Read more »

Brent Harte
5 years ago

Hello Toni, Good for you on the rescue, be patient this dog knows the dire situation he was in.  Owners of rescues know these dogs evolve into highly loyal loving companions.  However the chronic stress dogs experience in animal control facilities, especially after being abandoned + poor diet causes autoimmune type conditions in their body.  This includes unhealthy levels of various hormones such as cortisol; symptoms include dry skin, inflammation, pain, and fatigue.  The level of physical strain caused by stress is commonly under estimated by dog owners or under diagnosed professionally, for this reason be mindful of your dog’s… Read more »

julie brader
5 years ago

Hi Toni, firstly thank you for giving this little guy another chance at life and a loving home! and just in the nick of time too…. Secondly, and importantly, you need to take him to a Vet and get him checked over. His dry skin; the chewing/scratching hes doing could be diet or could be something else entirely. I  imagine the Vet would do a skin scraping first to make sure he doesn’t have mites or a skin condition before talking about diet. You could add Wild Salmon oil to his food which is very good for skin/coat but Gizmo… Read more »

julie brader
5 years ago

Sounds like little Gizmo had a raw deal before you rescued him, it answers a lot really doesn’t it. Poor little guy. Good you are taking him to the Vet, you need to know what his allergies are to be able to deal with them. Have you thought about a totally natural diet, I mean grain free, a well balanced meat/vegetable only one…would help his skin. You are bound to worry, but it will all settle down with time honestly. I think Gizmo has fallen in his feet with you and will have the loving home he deserves ?

julie brader
5 years ago

You could try soaking the food in a little water to siften it up? We have a great natural diet here in the UK but no idea about the States. Don’t be afraid to look at raw feeding…and you’ll have to do a lot of research. Don’t know who the post is from at the top but yes a Probiotic would help Gizmo, try some live natural yoghurt on his food. Again good luck!

julie brader
5 years ago

p.s. home made sounds great as long as you add all the vitamins/minerals he needs .

julie brader
5 years ago

I don’t know of any links in the States I’m afraid. However you could email a very good company here in the UK who would give you some sound advice and a good recipe. Tell him Julie with the Cocker Spaniels sent you lol The Company is called Nutriment have a look at them online. Email ryan@nutriment.co
Am sure he will help, tell him the whole story, where you live and the problems with his allergies ect. Let me know won’t you? I’ll email Ryan too and let him know he will be hearing from you ?

julie brader
5 years ago

Always here to help if we can x

julie brader
5 years ago

Nutriment website:
http://Www.nutriment.co
Good luck ?

julie brader
5 years ago

Anytime Toni! All for the good of our dogs ?

Vicki Hamill
5 years ago

Take him to the vet. Could be Allergies, Fleas, Nerves, Change in climate, then ask the vet about his silence. Congratulations on your new Family Member !!❤️