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I need help from you forum gurus and am hoping you have some experience with this or some good suggestions on what I should do.
Last week I took Ollie in to the vet to have them run a thyroid test. His coat is dry and breaking in one area and he has been gaining weight. In fairness to Ollie we have just gone through an absolutely brutal winter and walking was pretty much impossible most of the time. The really bad weather started in October, (very early) and has just ended now. I think the weight gain had a lot to do with that, I normally walk the boys twice a day. Dry hair has always been a struggle with him, but we live in an extremely dry climate and winter is really bad in that way. Having said all that his thyroid came back normal. We did the full testing too to make sure it would be accurate. Now the vet wants me to put him on Royal Canin Vet Hydrolized Protein Diet. This is my problem. It took a lot of trial and error to find a food he likes and is happy to eat. Bonus Hershey likes it too. They are on Petcurean Now, Grain Free for Small Breed. It is a really good quality food without a lot of stuff I can't pronounce. The vet food, on the other hand, when I read the ingredients the first ingredient was Brewer's Rice and they followed by a whole shwack of things I cannot pronounce. She said she wants to put him on this because she thinks it might be allergies. The thing is he doesn't show any signs of allergies. He has perfect stools no issues with gas or diarhea, he doesn't have an itching problem, no skin irritation and no ear infections. The only thing is his coat. If I change food and he happens to like it and it doesn't make any difference I would want to go back to my own food. The cost is going to be significant on this vet formula and I wouldn't continue if it didn't help. If that was the case I am worried he might not go back to his regular food. My gut is telling me this could be an exercise in futility, but I really don't know. The vet doesn't know either though and she is just trying it. It is not that simple for me with a picky eater that is on a food he really likes. Please everyone give me your opinion. What would you do?