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German Shepherd Dog > GSD with itchy ears or is it allergies? (14 replies)

by miss deb on 23 January 2012 - 02:01

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oh boy....our 5 yr old gsd female has been suffering for 15 months with itchy ears.... and a bit of chewing on her belly and paws We have been to different vets....the ears are clear no infection no yeast no mites....just inflamed from all the scratching and they thought she had developed food allergies...so we tried so many different ones for a couple of months with no improvement....even the high priced hypoallergenic Royal Canin food....no difference whatsoever....So we are now back to the original food and treating the symptoms with Vanectyl P ....  I am debating about a raw diet for her...anybody have a recipe... Allergy testing is only 70% accurate according to the vet and then you are into shots weekly and they may not identify all of her allergies
This poor animal has suffered enough....Can anybody help.

by markk on 23 January 2012 - 02:01

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What are you feeding her right now ?

by trixx on 23 January 2012 - 03:01

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i would try a fish, duck or venison food.

by animules on 23 January 2012 - 03:01

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Have her tested for allergies then you would know for sure.  I thought my girl had grain allergies, nope, something else.  For her itchy ears Gentizol drops have worked well.

Good luck, I know how maddening it can be to try and figure out.

by mentayflor on 23 January 2012 - 03:01

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Hi Miss deb, I think while veterinarians look for the cause, you can attack symptoms. For any problem i use a champoo whit benzoyl peroxide or a cream with corticoids and antibiotics. I think it could be an allergy problem. Suddenly my pup began with a rancid smell, so that I bathed him with the shampoo and fortunatelly I was able to solve the problem. Of course if you are not familiar wtih these products you may call your vet up and ask him. The main problem is that if he continue scratching he could run the risk of causing aericular hematoma and break the cartilague. Way for more replys with  more experiences.And good luck!

by TingiesandTails on 23 January 2012 - 04:01

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I would try to leave grain, chicken, colours, additives like vitamins and minerals and preservatives out of the menu and choose a limited ingredients food with natural vitamins from vegetables and fruit with Neuseeland lamb or fish (no farmed fish) if you want to stay with dry. I prefer raw green tripe, which I find has the least amount of allergenes (but it depends on how the cattle was fed /medicated) and only had good experiences with it.

by miss deb on 23 January 2012 - 04:01

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Thank you all for your replies...I do appreciate it

Trixx - I have tried all those foods....for 2 months at a time....this has been going on for 15 months!

Markk - We have put her back on her original food TLC from the breeder

Mentayflor - her ears have been checked by the vet - no infection no yeast no mites no smell no drainage 

Animules - The vet wasn't too supportive of allergy testing 70% accuracy - plus no guarantee that all of her allergies would be captured. So frustrating.

by Bundishep on 23 January 2012 - 06:01

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Any chance of small foxtails ? Did you put oil in ear to help shake out any foreign object, sounds like you already checked for ear mites?


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