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Old 08-13-2014, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Anyone else have problems with their GSD's ears being itchy?

Kato was late to get his ears up (probably close to 8/9 months) and ever since they have come up he seems prone to itchy ears. Which he scratches and then cuts and then it becomes infected. So we have an ear steroid solution (from the vet) that when he starts to get really itchy we put a few drops in 2 times a day for a couple days. It's suppose to take away the inflammation and itch. It seems to work but we would really like to find something more healthy long term than using chemicals on him. As it seems his itchy ears will just not go away. They get itchy probably every 2/3 months.

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that will cover the symptoms , not change the cause of the problem.

review the food that he is getting.

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I did a notification on your thread to have it moved from General Behavior to Health.
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Thanks! Don't know how but I totally skipped over the health forum when looking for where to post.
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My male gets yeasty, itchy ears in the spring and fall (he's got wicked environmental allergy problems). Diluted apple cider vinegar is my go-to, once every few weeks when they start to get bad. Loosens the gunk, helps keep the pH in balance, gets rid of the yeast, no chemicals.

Like Carmen said, it's important to figure out what's causing the ear issues. Food allergies? Environmental allergies?
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He currently eats Royal Canine adult kibble. But I was reading the ingredients just a few days ago and it has wheat as an ingredient. Is this bad? It comes in a blue packaging. It is what was reccommended by the breeder when we got him, and is pretty expensive ($100 for a big bag) and it lasts about 3/4 weeks.
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He currently eats Royal Canine adult kibble. But I was reading the ingredients just a few days ago and it has wheat as an ingredient. Is this bad? It comes in a blue packaging. It is what was reccommended by the breeder when we got him, and is pretty expensive ($100 for a big bag) and it lasts about 3/4 weeks.

The food is all grains and by products and not very good based on what is in the bag.

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Old 08-13-2014, 06:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lola always had red itchy ears that I was always treating until I switched Vets and my new Vet immediately diagnosed Hypothyroidism. Since being treating for hypothyroidism for about 2 years now she has not had a single ear problem.
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My 11 month old male has itchy ears... He also nibbles on his his paws and has some eye drainage. I'm in the process of switching from Blue Buffalo to Orijen Regional Red kibble along with Orijen Tundra freeze dried patties. Started Grizzly Salmon oil also. I hope it's a food allergy, but I have a gut feeling it's environmental allergies.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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rice should be used in a grain style kibble
or oat meal or some such

i avoid wheat and soy and anything with corn in it
for the price you are paying you are getting chicken feed basically if it uses corn and wheat

rice and brown rice and oats are better ingredients

you might try natural balance with a unique protein like venison or fish
they dont have grains either
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