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Old 12-26-2012, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Husband calls me the great hypochondriac when it comes to our pup - so I'm hoping you guys can ease my mind or give me some advice so I can convince myself I'm not crazy!

Suki has been acting strange the past week or so. I noticed that she has been scratching her ears and shaking her head quite a bit recently - so a week ago we took her to the vet for possible ear infection. No infection present - but there was quite a bit of inflammation in her ears. Prescribed Zymox for the irritation.

We've been applying it since the appointment...but Suki has been acting quite strange since then. Sleeping ALOT, avoids us at times/goes to her crate to lay down, lacks energy in general and loss of appetite. We checked her temp. yesterday and it was only 101.7 - normal range for pups.

Could the ear irritation be causing these 'depression' like symptoms? The vet didn't notice any other abnormalities at at the appointment.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How old is she? Is she spayed? Could she be going into heat? Sorry, just throwing questions out there.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you are in doubt then best thing to do is go back to the vet for some followup.

She may be just showing alot of avoidance issues due to the fact you are dealing with her ears which are sore anyways and you keep messing with them! I know my pups don't like having their ears or feet messed with.

May be the start of an allergy issue so changing food to a non grain may help (potato/fish?)

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She's 13 months old, spayed at 6 months.
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We have been dealing with some other signs of possible food allergy (anal glands). We switched to a grain free diet approx. 3 months ago. Started on the duck formula, then rotated chicken and salmon into the mix. About a month ago we started noticing the anal gland problems. Our vet told us to go back to the duck and stop rotating the other proteins to try and eliminate which protein could possibly be the issue. She was on the chicken when we first noticed the full anal glands.

We've been trying to add more fiber to the diet to remedy that issue. But NOW the ears are irritated and her appetite is diminished so we're having a hard time 'bulking her up' if you know what I mean.

These allergy issues are a nightmare. Any food suggestions?
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We've been trying to add more fiber to the diet to remedy that issue. But NOW the ears are irritated and her appetite is diminished so we're having a hard time 'bulking her up' if you know what I mean.

These allergy issues are a nightmare. Any food suggestions?
Wow, alot going on.

Have you tried adding canned pumpkin for fiber. My dogs love it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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We were giving pumpkin with every meal which was helping, but the issues still remained - so the vet suggested also adding metamucil to the food. Right now she is turning her nose up at just about anything I give her (except for treats!). She is eating enough to produce bowel movements, but is really picking at her food.
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My last girl was very food sensitive and was on a LID diet. I agree with the vet and stick to only one protein source to rule our what the causes of her allergies are. I know a lot of dogs can be sensitive to chicken, mine was. If you are having problems with that, I would avoid chicken altogether.
I would stick with the duck or you can try bison or turkey. I would also add some pumpkin if you want to add more fiber.

I think you know your girl best and if you feel that she is not acting right then you should take her back to the vet if only for your own piece of mind.
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I have had similar issues with my dogs and use the peeled baby carrots in their meals to "bulk up" and add fiber. They also love them as treats, so it is easy to get them to eat them. Another thing that works is psyllium fiber capsules in a "meatball" of canned food. I have used both with success when my dogs would not eat their food with pumpkin.

My seven month old GSD puppy did not do well on food with chicken as the primary meat. Switched her to a fish and oatmeal food with only slight improvement. Switched her to a venison and potato limited ingredient kibble and having much better success now. She also loves the carrots and takes them as treats too.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Which food has the venison and potato?
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