I just finished reading this thread - really awesome! We have a Jack Russell cross who has had some REALLY bad skin problems. When he was younger it would come and go, but in the last 1-2 years he has itchy ears that he scratches incessantly, so bad that it starts to bleed. His ears turn crusty and then spongy to the touch and he's lost most of his hair on them. He also has lumpy red skin between his back legs which looks so sore, but itchy too as we regularly catch him chewing on it! We've tried pretty much every time of cream to help it but the only thing that seems to soothe it is rubbing both areas in vaseline. Snoopy is primarily our dad's dog, he did take him to the vets a while back and after testing came back with the answer that it was a type of cancer?! That was about 3-4 years ago. It maybe goes without saying I disagree with their verdict... Anyway - I have for a long time suspected that he has some kind of allergy (we've changed his beds, collars, etc multiple times) from food. Being of a Paleo mindset myself, feeding dogs raw food (as in their wild diet) makes perfect sense to me! Starting today I am feeding him some raw chicken. He gets plenty of raw bones from the butchers so he is no stranger to raw stuff, but we've never fed him raw meals before. I may get sabotaged by my dad (Snoopy loves Pedigree's markie biscuits) but for the most part I'm going to attempt to give him his meals with raw chicken to start with, and phase in some chicken liver too. I gave him his dinner already tonight and he LOVED it. Usually he gets a Cesars (terrible, I know!!!) but I'm taking over his feeding or going to attempt to! Poo-wise, he's had terrible trouble with pooing lately. In the past it would get better but lately it just seems to be getting worse. He's either hugely constipated or has terrible diarrhea! Has anybody heard of his skin problems or seen anything like it? What do you guys think? Thanks so much in advance for any advice you can give. And really, really great thread!