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Ear Infections and Dog Food.

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Ear Infections and Dog Food.
  • Ok so If you've read my other posts about food you know, my Brittney Spaniel, Beagle Mix. gets bad ear infections like in the past 2 years ish. shes getting up there about 10-12.

    So shes been getting these ear infections... I was wondering whats in a food that causes these ear infections?

    I just bought a bag of:

    Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Large Breed Adult Dog Formula

    http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/products/dogs/dry_food/large_breed_adult_dog_formula/

    Hows that for a good dog food? i was going to get that canidae but decided it against it...:

    http://www.canidae.com/dogs/chicken-and-rice/dry.html

    Mainly because of the grains i thought i should get one with the first ingredients are more meaty er wait i think it was because it says meal...someone told me when looking for a dog food avoid ones that says something like chicken meal or what ever.

    Well Tell me your thoughts
  • Chronic ear infections are often caused by food allergies.  Dogs can be allergic to just about anything, but grains are common allergens.  I would particularly avoid anything with wheat, corn or soy.  IIRC, neither of the foods you listed contain any of those.  Both are good foods, but IMO Canidae is definitely the better choice.
     
    Specific types of meal (chicken meal, lamb meal, turkey meal, salmon meal, etc.) are fine ingredients.  It just means that the water has been removed, which means there is more protein per ounce of food.  What you want to avoid are meals from a non-specific source such as "poultry meal" or "fish meal" because you don't know what kind(s) of poultry or fish it came from.

    You might also consider having a thyroid test done.
  • I have a geriatric (not at all healthy) GSD with allergies among other things.  His allergies were obvious in nasal and ear discharge.  I switched to Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach (salmon based) and the discharges have been significantly reduced.  He and my terv are on this and doing very well.
  • The best ear infection solution (and I've tried them all) is Wonder Ear by Chantilly kennels.  Google it and it comes up. 

    IT cleared up my dogs' ear infections in no times. I also have a friend with a golden/airdale mix who had such severe ear allergies that their vet was recommending surgery to widen the ear canal.  One week with wonder ear and his ears are normal and healthy. 

    My dogs seem to get ear infections on Nutro NC Lamb/Rice and also California Natural Lamb/Rice.
  • Chronic ear infections are often caused by food allergies. Dogs can be allergic to just about anything, but grains are common allergens. I would particularly avoid anything with wheat, corn or soy. IIRC, neither of the foods you listed contain any of those. Both are good foods, but IMO Canidae is definitely the better choice.

     
      Jessie has several food allergies but is not allergic to any grains; the only way to really know what foods your dog is alllegic to is to do an elimination diet. She has several environmental allergies and they can cause ear infections as well. Maybe you should try some antihistamines and see if they help your girl. Here's a link to antihistamines that dogs can take with the appropriate doses;   [linkhttp://www.utskinvet.org/pdf/antihists.pdf]http://www.utskinvet.org/pdf/antihists.pdf[/link].
  • My lab had horrible ear infections, almost non-stop from the time we rescued her until I changed her food.  I had been feeding her Kirkland Lamb & Rice or Chicken and Rice (we'd switch off).  When I changed to Natural Balance Duck and Potato, her ear infections completely stopped.  Seriously, I have a cupboard of ear cleaners/treatments, and I haven't touched them in almost 2 yrs.  Now....the latest issue with Natural Balances Venison and Brown Rice formula makes me leary about recommending any of their products, but I just wanted to share that a food change made a 100% difference for my girl.
  • ORIGINAL: jessies_mom

    Jessie has several food allergies but is not allergic to any grains; the only way to really know what foods your dog is alllegic to is to do an elimination diet. She has several environmental allergies and they can cause ear infections as well. Maybe you should try some antihistamines and see if they help your girl. Here's a link to antihistamines that dogs can take with the appropriate doses;   [linkhttp://www.utskinvet.org/pdf/antihists.pdf]http://www.utskinvet.org/pdf/antihists.pdf[/link].


    Excellent advice. Your best bet is to do a diet trial and find out FOR SURE what your pet is allergic to.  Most people on the net will tell you its most likely a grain, but most allergies are to proteins, so meats are  most likely, followed by high protein grains (soy being #1) and dairy products. You'll find systematic instructions for a true diet trial in many of the allergy threads, or you can send me a PM.
  • I have two Beagles and unfortunately I learned about ear infections the hard way.     
     
    That said, I agree with other posters that food can affect or contribute to ear infections, but long-earred breeds may also be prone to ear infections because of the lack of air and circulation in there.  Keep in mind that when they sniff the ground their ears ;pick up moisture from the grass in the morning or just from the water bowl.  With little or no circulation, it takes longer to dry and can sometimes upset the delicate balance in there.  Sometimes while mine are laying down or sleeping I flip their ears up so the air circulates (they look at me like I am crazy, but oh well).  In addition to switching foods which can definitely help, I would also suggest at least a weekly ear cleaning, if you don't do so already.  You may have to try a few different products to find what works for your dog.  Some of the store bought products were actually too drying for my two so look out for that.  Also, if you bathe her yourself or take her to a groomer, have them put large-size cotton balls in her ears to keep excess water from getting in.  
     
    Just some of the things that I have learned, hope the information helps.  
     
     
     
  • One way to treat ear infections - "Blue Power Ear Wash" in this post:
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