|Barked: Mon Jan 23, '06 9:30am PST |
|All of those signs point to some sort of food allergy. When a dog bites their feet and their ears are bothering them I would take a look at what you feeding them and see if there is anything in it that could be bothering them. When I got Dusty, he had the exact same thing and upon switching his food to an allergy type food, he has complety stopped and I don't have to clean his ears anymore.
Many common allergy causing ingredients are corn, wheat, soy, by products, and even sometimes sunflower oil. Also you need to look at the protein source, some dogs can't handle chicken, others can't handle beef. A great website about dog foods and their ingredients is here:
Here is also a true story told to me by one of the customers that visits the pet food store that I work at. He has a yellow lab and the dog for the longest time would scratch and shake his head. The dog had really bad ear infections and they were constantly taking the dog to the vet for drops and powders. The vet couldn't fix it with these and said the only other option was surgery for them. Well this guy wanted to get a second opinion, and took the dog to see a different vet. The new vet said to see if the dog first improved on a different food, so they tried out wellness fish and potato. Sure enough in three weeks, the ears started to clear up and are now sparkling clean. The guy had spent thousands of dollars on this dog to find the cause of the infections, when all he had to do was just change the food. Also there is a food that you could try and see if it works out for you that is in your area. This food is based in Canada, and the lamb base food might work out really well for you. Here is there website and you look for the closests store to you.
Also here are some sites about pet allergies.
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