ear infinctions

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microbully

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Hi,


I need help with one of my dogs, Over the last year and so he has developed an allergy of some sort, which has caused him to scratch his ear so much that it has developed an infection. I have went to vets and have got a series of ointments and antibiotics but it has not went away. Vets say that most likely it is an allergy to the food. So i changed the food from dog food chicken and beef , to raw meat (ground beef) it did not go away even after several months, now i have changed her to pork, however it seems like it is still not going away. Can anyone please help me. He scratches his ears so much that it has started bleeding badly and is loosing hair around his ears. I have to keep the poor guy in a cone all day long but still he manages to scratches under neath it. which shows how itchy he is...

Thank you so much, suggestions and advice are very welcome. Thank you

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Mon

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Reply To: microbully

Hi hi,

I'm not a Vet though have quite some experience as a Guide Dog Instructor. 
I have also had to deal with chronic allergy issues with my own dog and have noted changes after moving to many different environments over the last 10 years with him.  Food allergies in dogs are often an allergy to common proteins which is why the chicken and beef would definitely have been a problem.  Fish, duck, even kangaroo are all good options.   Contact allergies (to plants/ grasses) may also be proving an issue with many many plants causing dogs issues, they may even not be in your yard, but your neighbours yard or somewhere your dog travels through passes or makes contact with on walks, even airborne.  Also note that spring/ summer are bad allergy seasons & so if the allergy is prevalent in those seasons it is unlikely food based.  Hopefully this is somewhat helpful.  Do forgive me if i am informing you about things you may already know.

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microbully

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Reply To: Mon

Hey,


Thank you so much for the information. I thought it would be hopeless to even ask, so i am very happy to hear something back. Yes, i heard they can be allergic to anything, which is insane if you think about it. I mean its not like he can just say how he feels or what it is hes allergic to, so its all trial and error. ive went through chicken, beef in dog food and raw. and right now im on pork and veggies. if that doesnt work or stop the itching im going freakin VEGAN! LOL I heard that is 100 percent if it has anything to do with food allergies. ive read allot of feedback on it and comments on the sites. I feel so bad for him cause i know it itches so bad and if he can get to it, which he tried even with the cone on, he scratches so bad it looks like a murder scene. lol. so ya wish me luck. Thank you so much for you help and reply.

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toureen38

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Reply To: Mon

I completely agree with this post. Thanks for your feedback. You sure seem to know what you are talking about when it comes to dogs! I agree that is may have something to do with an allergy. Maybe start playing with your dogs diet. Thanks again for sharing!
http://www.toureenkennels.com/

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Mon

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Reply To: microbully

No problem.  It's always worth asking!  I have quizzed many a Vet and colleague over allergies.    Also wanted to add a little more info in case it helps!  


-Pollens, mites (clear and microscopic & often around if cats are around) and house dust are apparently more winter based allergy issues.
-Pollen based allergies show themselves in Spring
-Grass based allergies Summer

- Less than 1% of food allergy causes infected ears.  Here it is the protein your dog is allergic to & in this case it will not respond to quarterzone steroid injections. Perhaps this is what your Vet is aiming at? 

- Wandering jew is terrible for allergies & there are a few varieties of this plant, so definitely familiarise yourself with this plant. 

Have you ever tried housing him somewhere else for a period of time to eliminate environmental factors?

By the way i've never heard of dogs eating pork, but that's just me i guess. 

Might sound silly/ obvious, but make sure you aren't trying to clean the ears with soap/water or are rubbing at them either.  I certainly do not know everything , though hope some of this may be helpful.  Apologies if you do already know any of this.  I feel terrible for your poor dog & you and wish you the very best in finding a solution. 

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tammy5

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Reply To: microbully

madam have you tried grain free. corn free food, it maid a world of difference in our cairn terrier and our weenie dog. our cairn terrier would scratch at his hiny above his tail so bad it would bleed and he would pull his fur out. but grain free stuff helped tremendousl;y. actually stopped it all together

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