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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-06-2010, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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ear gunk....it doesnt smell but he is constantly scratching in them and whines so i know it hurts... i have been cleaning them, but it wont go away...my othe GSD doesnt have a problem..what causes this? btw we are seeing the vet tomorrow
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food, OR (environment in Onyx's case) we have been battling this since she turned 6 months old. She had to have emergency surgery to repair a hematoma a week ago Saturday...it is nothing to take lightly. I hope you can get it cleared up, be sure to use the ear meds faithfully and don't skip a day or dose.

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I would consider a grain free food alternative ... Evo, Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Wilderness... several options... all are a bit pricey but cheaper than the vets. It may just help.

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Reno had this same problem a couple months ago. He ended up wiu an ear infection because of it. He had an allergy to corn which caused it. The vet will likley give you drops to put in the ears. Just follow the instuctions and as suggested earlier a grain free food may be best.

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Another vote for food as likely the culprit. The problem with administering antibiotics is that it doesn't address the underlying cause; it may clear up but will come back. Some of the most common allergies are grains and soy. Not sure what you are feeding so tough to tell. A food trial eliminating grains may help, but realize it can take up to 3 or 4 months to resolve the issue. A mix of half apple cider vinegar and half non chlorinated water is a very effective ear wash; clean at least daily while trying to determine the actual cause. There are effective natural and homeopathic remedies that are very safe and inexpensive.

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Our puppy went through that in June (at 8 wks old when we first got her). Turns out she had a yeast infection in both ears. Our vet gave us two different types of cleaning solutions to use twice a day until it cleared up (took about a week or so). She's yeast free now and is no longer scratching at her ears. I believe the breeder was feeding her Purina Puppy Chow - we transitioned her right away to grain free - Chicken Soup for large breed puppy. I think she was having a reaction to the grains in the Puppy Chow. We haven't had anymore yeast issues since eliminating grains from her diet.


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The problem with administering antibiotics is that it doesn't address the underlying cause; it may clear up but will come back.
There is more than one problem with administering antibiotics. For the most part I feel that most antibiotics should only be used under the supervision of a vet or Dr.

In some cases antibiotics can be the underlying cause or can make things worse. Using, antibiotics willy-nilly can be risky for the patient in the short-term and in the long-term can contribute worldwide to antibiotic resistance.

If reasonably possible, it’s best to try to identify the pathogen and use antibiotics or other methods that as specifically as possible; that targets the pathogen.

Antibiotics often kill beneficial microbes that help ward off harmful diseases. So sometimes using an antibiotic can actually make things worse. Sometimes using antibiotics may kill the primary infection; but my open up the window to a secondary opportunistic infection.

If you’re not targeting the right pathogen you may make conditions better for opportunistic pathogens to cause secondary infections as well as intensifying the primary infection.

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i guess by now you might have consulted a vet...what was the prognosis...how did it go?
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we transitioned her right away to grain free - Chicken Soup for large breed puppy. I think she was having a reaction to the grains in the Puppy Chow. We haven't had anymore yeast issues since eliminating grains from her diet.
Chicken Soup is NOT grain free. The formula your dog is on has barley, brown rice, white rice, oatmeal, millet and flaxseed. Though that certainly doesn't make it a bad food, especially if it's working for your dog. Just clearing that up so nobody is under any misconceptions about this food.
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my dogs ears smell wierd and he yelps when we touch them

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