Why Do Some Dogs Get Ear Infections And Others Have No Ear Problems?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by redhen, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Gahhh! I have 2 Saint Bernards... I've been fighting ear infections in my males ear for over a year now...
    My female has perfectly clean ears. Nothing... clean as a whistle. And they are the same breed! I just dont get it...
    I'm calling the vet tomorrow to get him in this week...
    Is there anything people can do to help prevent these nasty infections??
    I've even recently switched their food from Purina One Large Breed to TOTW.(i feed them a mix of High Prairie and the Pacific Salmon one).. thinking a better food would help some..
    No signs of that happening yet though... [​IMG]
    *sigh* Poor Duke.. Its gotta be hurting him!
    OOh he also has skin issues... where he "chews" his feet and a spot on is leg... Gotta have the vet check that out too while i'm there..
    And his fur is all dry and crappy too... what gives with him??
    But like i said..my female is FINE... i just dont get it.
    *sigh again*
    What else can i do for the big dummy?.. I feel like a bad dog mommy. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  2. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd say same as people.

    DS had ONE as a baby... DD never has had one.

    Meanwhile Cousin Zack, 6 mos older than DS, had them constantly and ended up with tubes in his ears.

    And other cousins, 3 mos younger than DS and 6 mos younger than DD, get sick constantly including ear stuff.

    So, go figure.
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    It sounds like he has allergies.

    Often grain allergies can cause yeast type ear infections, as well as chewing on their feet is classic for allergies.

    How long has it been since you switched feed? Took Hawk about 3 months to finally get over the yeasty ears after being switched from Pedigree feed to raw. He HATED the meds from the vet. They had to be refrigerated and I'm sure it didn't feel good. After we got through the week or so of them, I put campho phenique (sp?) in them and it seemed to help. He's been yeast free since then, but I still try to clean them after we've been to the river coz the trapped water could cause trouble again.
  4. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    All of my mother's dogs have suffered from ear mites.

    None of mine have.

    Her purebred golden retriever who could die any minute now has suffered from numerous food allergies: gluten, soy and I forget what else. She has to get special dog food for him. He gets hot spots, he's cow-hocked, he paces rather than trots and suffers from arthritis. Yet though he's 11, he still has sparkling white teeth.

    My mixed breed on the other hand is only a few months younger, still spry, eats whatever she can get her jaws on foodwise but has dental problems. We clean her teeth, she eats hard kibble, chews on bones but she's had several abcessed teeth that have been pulled.

  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Thanks! Yeah..i'm thinking he may have allergies ...
    Lord knows WHAT hes allergic too though.. [​IMG]
    He also has joint problems too... And he's only 3 1/2 yrs old..
    Hes a mess, i guess.. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  6. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Red... dealing with injuries is bad enough... but something like that when you have no idea what it is... just big ol' [​IMG]
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:I know, my Lab is doing good with skin problems nowadays. His old owners said he was plagued with them as a puppy - and then handed me half a bag of Pedigree [​IMG]
    They said he was on steroids for his skin problems as a puppy and now he's 4 and still thinks he's a puppy but I think he's getting arthritis already [​IMG]

    Good luck with yours. Maybe they can do an allergy test? Hope it's not too expensive!
  8. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    I find this is helpful, the link where I got the info is below...they also have this same information at the bullybreed forum I go to.
    http://www.bulldogbreeds.com/forum/ - look in the health and diet section
    I think this may help if your dog does have grain allergies.

    How to grade your dog's food: (Some brands are done at the very bottom)

    Start with a grade of 100:

    1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

    2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or
    fat) reference, subtract 10 points

    3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

    4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source,subtract 5 points

    5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five
    ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are
    all the same grain), subtract 5 points

    6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats
    in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

    7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

    8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

    9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

    10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2

    11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic
    to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

    12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

    13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
    wheat), subtract 2 points

    14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
    beef), subtract 1 point

    15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

    Extra Credit:

    1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

    2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or
    nutritionist, add 5 points

    3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

    4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

    5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

    6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

    7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

    8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

    9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

    10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

    11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

    12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than

    the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source
    but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

    13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

    14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free
    add 1 point

    94-100+ = A
    86-93 = B
    78-85 = C
    70-77 = D
    69 = F

    Here are some foods that have already been scored. Dog Food scores:

    Dog Food scores:
    Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C
    Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+
    Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
    Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B
    Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+
    Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
    Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C
    Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+
    Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+
    Canidae / Score 112 A+
    Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
    Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
    Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
    Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
    Diamond Performance / Score 85 C
    Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
    Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+
    Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
    EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+
    Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C
    Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C
    Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+
    Foundations / Score 106 A+
    Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
    Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
    Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
    Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
    Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+
    Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
    Member's Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C
    Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+
    Nature's Recipe / Score 100 A
    Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+
    Nature's Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+
    Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C
    Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+
    Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
    Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B
    Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A
    Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
    Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B
    Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A
    Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+
    Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
    Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+
    Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C
    Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A
    Purina Benful / Score 17 F
    Purina Dog / Score 62 F
    Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
    Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F
    Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+
    Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
    Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
    Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
    Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
    Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
    Solid Gold / Score 99 A
    Summit / Score 99 A
    Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+
    Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
    Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A
    http://www.elkcountryanimalshelter.org/GradeDOG FOOD.html
  9. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    There are a lot of products you can use to keep his ears clean and to prevent infection. My female AmStaff gets ear infections caused by inhalant allergies. Doesn't seem to have anything to do with food. She has an ear solution that cleans and soothes them, and ear drop that keeps infection from occuring, a shampoo that helps her not itch, and a drug called hydroxyzine to help her not chew on her feet. I also give her salmon oil in her food.

    Not all allergies are food related.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Whats the name of the ear drops shes on? And the shampoo name also? Did you get it at the vet? Where do i get the hydroxyine at? Thanks!

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