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Years ongoing yeast ear infection in my dog

Dutchess is going on 8 years, is a lab/G. shepard/unknown mix and has a history of ear infections like this. This last one began a little over two years ago and did not respond to antibiotics the vet prescribed on two occassions. I've tried a number of other things such as ACV, GSE, acidophilis and Hydrogen Peroxide and they seem to help but not completely resolve the issue.
It's clear she's in pain and discomfort and she gets feverish at times.
She's never really had any other health problems and she eats Purina One dog food. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  RiverValleyWoman on 2008-08-21
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It'll be hard but you need to change her food. I can tell you right now that's the reason. The commercial brands have very very common allergens in it for example, corn, wheat, soy. I would definitly reccomend to switch slowly to a all natural dog food. There are several brands to choose from. California Natural, Solid Gold, Innova, Evo, Canidae, Nature's Variety, etc. All these brands use brown rice instead of white, use oats and barley. They all don't have any corn wheat or soy in them. Also they use human grade meats, all the commercial brands use meat by-products which can be meats from euthanized pets, roadkill, plastic, metal, all sorts of sick sick things. I would never ever trust any of the commercial brands. Just read the labels. If there is a single protein like chicken or some sort of protein meal is excellent. Just because Purina, Eukanuba, etc. are expensive doesn't mean they are good or healthy.
akitalove last decade
I wasn't buying Purina One until about 6 months ago. Before that, for about a year I was feeding Exclusive brand dog food. THis was because this is the best we could find since we moved to a new area. Before we moved we were feeding a natural brand of dog food like you mention, I just can't think of the name.
How do these ingredients look?
Chicken, chicken meal, brewers rice, oatmeal, whole grain brown rice, chicken
fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (a form of vitamin E), corn gluten meal, dried beet pulp,
dried egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, cholline chloride
glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper
proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate,
manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A
supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine
hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement,
folic acid
RiverValleyWoman last decade
Pretty much everything beyond the first listed ingredient is inappropriate. I agree that food is an important place to start. Dogs are carnivores. Many problems can clear up completely once on a species-appropriate diet of raw. (Yahoo has some excellent forums on how to convert.) Dogs don't need vegetables, and any grains can be very bad for them. Diet may not be enough, but it is an important start. If you are feeding dry food instead of wet, that is something else you should change.
Daisy43 last decade
I have a Newfoundland and she too has had these infections. If your dog is getting them over and over you need to have them on a NO GRAIN diet!!! Its price but it works and it pays off b/c you will not be at the vets as much. I have my dog on the raw food diet. The one I feed her is called Primal this workd great! Another brand is called Natures Variaty. I hope you get this and I hope it helps!!!! good luck.
TinyTolly last decade

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