I have not tried the No-cook formula. I am willing to try it for them. I know the food is healthy for them but Shepherds are sensitive dogs as I've learned. They are actually itching again and I think it might be seasonal. I make the gardeners use non-toxic materials in the yard and the groomer uses gentle calming shampoo. They were fine all summer but they are scratching again so now I'm wondering if its just allergies.
I've taken to them several times over the 4 years of their lives for allergy tests and they always come back negative. I'm not going to subject them (or me) to that anymore. My brother thinks it might be their new under coat of fur coming in. I just don't know. After thinking of all this who knows what caused their itching in the past. Could have been anything. I liked giving them your food because I always added cod liver oil which has done miracles for all my dogs.
I'll tell you a story just so you could pass it on to any client that could have a pet suffering from this.
My Chihuahua was a couple of months old when we got her and shortly after that her ears looked like they were being eaten away from the tips down. We brought her to 3 vets including a dermatology specialist vet in Manhattan and all the meds they gave us did nothing but make the poor puppy suffer. I decided not to give it to her anymore because clearly it wasn't helping and she was being traumatized by us shoving a dropper down her throat besides the cortisone creams etc. on her ears.
The dermatologist told me this was a phenomenon in dogs and they don't know why it happens and usually cannot stop it. My entire family was googling this trying to find a solution and the pics are horrible. She was tested for mites, bacteria and anything else you could think of and she didn't have anything.
So one day my brother was in Pet Smart around this time and a worker suggested the cod liver oil. So we started putting it in her food (your food) and her ears started clearing up right away!! It stopped the disintegration of them quickly and repaired most of the damage. She still has the very tips missing but its so much better than it was and we can live with that!. I think Veterinary Schools should put this on their list!
I tried to attach a good photo of her but I've been moving them around so this was the closest one I could find on my laptop.