This article was written by Matilda (Australia).

I remember the first time I adopted my white and tan Maltese X name Coco. My friend was giving her away because they were moving overseas. My other little pooch needed a companion, none the less she came to our lives just like that.

For many years I fed my dogs what you normally feed them from the supermarket, bones etc. Until three years ago she started to develop a very concerned itchiness. She wouldn’t sleep due to scratching, wouldn’t sit still and started to lose lots of hair.

Severe scratching made me change dog food

First I thought it was stress or anxiety due to her heart problem and because she lost her male companion, due to heart failure. So we got another little dog which keeps her on her feet. Her sadness and anxiety disappeared. Her allergies stopped for a while, then it came back again. This time she damaged her back due to severe scratching. Until the day came when she started laying stools with blood. I grew very concerned.

I took her to the vet and he changed her diet completely. She is now with Science Hill diet ultra allergen, even though she eats the same food every day, and lingers when the other dog gets a bone, she is much healthier, her hair is shiny and healthy and looks forward to her biscuits every time.

Coco is doing great now

She loves milk and food of all types, but she is not allowed to have them anymore.

She is now turning thirteen years old and is doing pretty good. Hoping to keep her alive for more years. She is very patient, caring and very loving and with her heart problem, we can only provide her with a nurturing loving home and a very special diet.

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