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Old 05-26-2014, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dose anyone know of a allergy to food that causes a ear infection Any ideas on a non allergic feed that can be tryed I rehomed a female I have her back now She has a infection in her ears Antibiotics did not resolve infection
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Grain free food.
Put my guy on it for other allergy related stuff, but not ears. However, I had a kid who had several food sensitivities and many ear infections. When I changed his diet, the ears cleared up. I figured it would be the same for other mammals, and it worked. I feed taste of the wild grain free.
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Thanks I just got the dog back from rehoming her I checked on her after two months she is a mess Ears packed under weight chewing on her feet She is not going back I am keeping her I doubt I will ever rehome a dog again
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Shadow has food allergies and the very first sign is always her shaking her head, ears flare up within an hour or two.

In her case we have her on a grain free food, but the actual allergy is to beef.
I keep a tea tree oil wash on hand always, just in case she gets some by accident. I have the ear infection stuff the vet gave me but the wash soothes the itching immediately and I don't generally have to use the actual medicated stuff at all.
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kyra had allergies that were not fixed by grain free food.
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kyra had allergies that were not fixed by grain free food.
What did work for Kyra?
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd also try switching to a fish-based limited-ingredient diet (Fish & Sweet Potato--there are several brand that are available like Natural Balance, Taste of the Wild, Nature's Domain, and several more). The fish has agreed with dogs I've had that are sensitive. I avoid chicken with sensitive dogs, as it seems a culprit for some of them.

Since the infection is recurring, you might look into a treatment for ears called Oti-Pak, available from your vet. It is SO much better than dribbling antibiotic ointment in the ear and rubbing it around. The vet packs the ear with "goop" (a medicated wax, I think). It dries and then stays in there at least a week and slowly desolves, treating the ear the whole while. You don't have to do anything with it, other than very gently cleaning any oozing that may come out as it breaks down. Our rescue's vet uses it on the dogs who have the grossest, nastiest ear infections, and it works. It's so much easier than struggling with the ointment with a dog whose ears hurt. We've never had to re-treat ears on a dog with Oti-Pak, and we've seen some BAD ears. (They don't seem to hear well while it's in there though -- I think it pretty well plugs up the ear until it dissolves.)

Here's a video that explains it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9sGSKcU9zI

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