Thanks for the follow-up questions. I have tried grain-free and novel protein diets in the past but they haven't helped with the itchiness. I just discovered she has a hot spot on her leg now and I've been treating with neosporin. I'm contemplating switching to 100% raw single protein after her system has recovered from all of the antibiotics and seeing if that helps. I should probably add probiotics, right?
Her stool has now gone from yellowish diarrhea to almost normal so I think there may have been a pathological component. Giardia is definitely not out of the question with the amount of hiking that we do.
She always gets loads of treats when we go to the vet and seems perfectly calm and happy until people start trying to put their hands on her. I was actually thinking the visit would go well, because in the lobby she was asking for tummy rubs and greeting everyone. Not so! She had a pretty painful ear infection two months ago and the otic exam was traumatic for her. She still yelps when strangers touch her ears the wrong way. I can touch them and look inside and they seem fine.
So yeah, itchy dog, ear infections, hot spots, dragging bum, chronic soft stool. I don't know if it's all related, but from what I have been reading it seems like diet might be the underlying issue.
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