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Old 06-04-2012, 10:00 AM
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Hello! I have a rescued pure bred German Shepherd. Beau is a 5 year old adult male with no other health problems. I have already established his allergies to gluten, so he is on a grain free dog diet. We walk about 2 miles a day. For about 2 years Beau has had seemingly constant ear problems. It started with a few ear infections here and there with trips to the vet to get antibiotics. But, then the vet stopped noticing any obvious issues in Beau's ears despite the fact that he was continually shaking his head and scratching his ears. I suspected that the problem was a yeast infection too deep for the vet to find, since Beau has had systemic yeast problems before. I tried vinegar solutions, monostat and most recently the genetian violet and boric acid concoction(still using this) with little to no help. Beau takes 50 mg of benedryl twice a day and that seems to help alleviate symptoms. Going in the rain seems to make the shaking a lot worse for 2-3 days if i dont intervene. There is no foul smell coming from his ears, no obvious decrease in his ability to hear. Beau does a lot more head shaking than tilting, which leads me to assume that his ears are more itchy than painful. Anybody have any similar experiences? any advice? Thanks!
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I dont have much experience with that type of problem but I reseached and found some links that will help you alot:
1. German Shepherd Ear Infection | MYGERMANSHEPHERD ( for symptom, warning signs and treatment)
2.http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/ear_infection2.html (replise from other people that might help)
3.Dog Yeast Infections - How to Diagnose, Treat and Prevent ( yeast infections)
4. Yeast Infections in Dogs | Symptoms ( also yeast ear infections but more info)

I would take him to a vet that understands or specializes in these types of problems if it gets worse.
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This is the only thing that worked for my hound. I did the treatment 2 times and the ears have been clean and clear since. This was after working with vets for 5 years with no relief. I found this article in the whole dog journal. The directions are under Treating infections to use the pellitol. The pellitol has changed names since the article was written it is now called recalitol
Recalitol | Same active ingredients as Pellitol
Chronic Ear Infections in Canine - Whole Dog Journal Article
It is easy to use and also soothes the ears while they are being treated. After the treatment I did use the ear powder for a while after baths or swimming to make sure the ears stayed dry. That is the boric acid talked about in the treatment. you can get it at petsmart marketed as ear powder.
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Hello! I have a rescued pure bred German Shepherd. Beau is a 5 year old adult male with no other health problems. I have already established his allergies to gluten, so he is on a grain free dog diet. We walk about 2 miles a day. For about 2 years Beau has had seemingly constant ear problems. It started with a few ear infections here and there with trips to the vet to get antibiotics. But, then the vet stopped noticing any obvious issues in Beau's ears despite the fact that he was continually shaking his head and scratching his ears. I suspected that the problem was a yeast infection too deep for the vet to find, since Beau has had systemic yeast problems before. I tried vinegar solutions, monostat and most recently the genetian violet and boric acid concoction(still using this) with little to no help. Beau takes 50 mg of benedryl twice a day and that seems to help alleviate symptoms. Going in the rain seems to make the shaking a lot worse for 2-3 days if i dont intervene. There is no foul smell coming from his ears, no obvious decrease in his ability to hear. Beau does a lot more head shaking than tilting, which leads me to assume that his ears are more itchy than painful. Anybody have any similar experiences? any advice? Thanks!
What food are you feeding? Do you give any treats?
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How did you determine his allergy was to gluten?

Sorry to say, but given the chronic ear issues, I think you've got the wrong allergen. I think he's allergic to the protein source in whatever you've been feeding him.

Time, in my opinion, to consider switching foods again. Even if you want to stay grain free, which I personally don't think is your issue if the dog is still having chronic ear issues, find a novel protein source and do a strict diet trial.
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