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Sorry to hear Brodie has such a bad time. Clover has really wicked pollen allergies (mostly spring/summer) and a more minor dust mite problem year round. I completely agree with the above, that the quality of life, in some cases, will totally outweigh the actual span of it.
At this point in his life, he is on Temeril-P year round - this is an Rx strength antihistamine and prednisone. His dosage depends on the time of year (and how often I vacuum!). The side effects of pred depend a LOT on not only the dog's ability to tolerate it, but the dosage. What's he on and how often?
Nutro is a decent food, but not great. It's mostly Rice. Look at the first ten ingredients:
Venison Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Ground Rice, Rice Gluten, Rice Bran, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Rice Flour, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Oatmeal, Natural Flavors
It's basically rice over and over again, just split out differently so it wasn't as high up on the list, and flavors. It seems that a lot of Havanese do really well on Wellness (who have Limited Ingredient Diets, although their regular Super 5 or Grain-Free are pretty limited, too). I might consider switching to a fish-based food because of the Omegas that help with skin and coat. But sometimes, if it ain't broke...!
~Kat, Clover, CDX RN NA NAJ, & AKC/UKC Ch. William
People in the dog show world know me as Karen, but the rest of the world knows me & I will introduce myself as Kat... I've been showing dogs longer than I've had the nickname, and the nickname is not new!