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Old 12-19-2012, 07:37 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Yeah, that's best. One step at a time. I know when trying to figure out my nephews allergies, (actually thought he had an eating disorder at age one), it's like he knew what he was allergic to. Whey, milk protein and something else. They called it a sensitivity by nonetheless he wouldn't touch/eat anything with milk product in it. Luckily he's fine now in moderation. He also never wanted peanut butter, turns out he has a nut allergy which we found out about the hard way! He so bad with nuts he didn't even eat them, but ate something that nuts had touched and went into shock! I know how scary it can be when something's wrong and you can't/don't know what to do about it! Hopefully the detergent is the factor and you can all rest easy! What do your parents think?


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They look much better! I wonder what she did. Glad shes on the mend


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Not sure what it is or was, but it's looking good now.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:40 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Abby's ears are looking much better this morning. They're still a little on the pink side, not really red. It's definitely getting better. There's really not much to see anymore so I'm going to call the vets when they open to see if we should still bring her in.

Just to be certain... if this is something serious like a fungal or bacterial infection, would it clear up on it's own like this? I have been giving her ACV (via her water dish) and some coconut oil (with her meals). Could that be why it's clearing up? I just don't want to not bring her in if it's something serious that should still be seen. As I said though there's really not much to see anymore. Just a little bit of pinkness. Worst case I can just keep an eye on it and bring her in if/when it comes back or gets worst again?
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:51 AM   #63 (permalink)
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I don't know what to tell you but I am so glad to hear that they are doing better. I would call & just let them know it's looking better, then see if they want to still see her. It might be better to get her seen with the holiday coming up unless your vets office will be open through the holiday. Good Luck!!
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:43 AM   #64 (permalink)
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Our vet is usually really good at getting us in with short notice and they're open all week next week except for Christmas day. We've been going there for 26 years now so we have a pretty good relationship with them. I just called and asked if they still wanted to see her considering how good they look now. She asked if Abby's digging at them or rubbing them against the furniture which she's not and she also asked if there's any odor which there's not. Based on that she said it's probably going away on it's own and she'll be fine, but to keep an eye on it and call them if anything changes. So, that's the new plan.
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Well I'm glad to hear that. It's nice when you have a vet like that. We will be keeping our fingers & paws crossed it continues to get better.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Well, that was short lived. Her ears were redder this afternoon when I went home for lunch than they were yesterday. Still nowhere near as bad as they were, but definitely redder. I'm thinking it's the beef. It hadn't been in her scheduled rotation of meals for the past few days while it seemed to be getting better, but she did get some last night for dinner. Seems weird that they were improving when she wasn't getting beef and then once she gets it her ears start turning red again. I'm going to skip beef for a few days to see if it gets better again or not. If it does, than I guess that would be the cause of this! If it is beef, has anyone ever heard of a food allergy showing in the ears like this?
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:54 PM   #67 (permalink)
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oh yeah.. food allergy can be the main cause of the irritated ears, or even paws. My lab gets the irritated ears due to allergies and her paws get irritated as well so she licks them raw and irritates them more. we are currently eliminating foods and using the Zymox and two days using that stuff she is clearing up nicely. We also have an appointment on the 29th to get allergy testing done.



Yeast or fungal infections may follow antibiotic treatment of bacterial otitis. Yeast infections also occur commonly in dogs suffering from atopic dermatitis,food hypersensitive dermatitis, and seborrheic skin diseases. A brown, waxy discharge with a rancid odor is sometimes seen, or a very red, inflamed, moist ear with minimal discharge. These infections tend to persist until the underlying disease is controlled.

Many dogs with allergic skin diseases, particularly canine atopy and food hypersensitivity dermatitis, are predisposed to ear infections as part of the generalized skin response. Similarly, dogs with primary and secondary seborrhea often have ear canal involvement characterized by a buildup of yellowish oily wax that provides an excellent medium for bacterial growth.

I hope this helps. if you have any questions. I will do my best to help.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:23 PM   #68 (permalink)
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Thanks Dawna, I may pick some of that up to keep around. Want to do some more research first though.


Abby's ears are healing up quite nicely now. I gave her beef on Tues night and Wed they were on the red side again. She had been getting a lot of beef prior to her ear incident, but once it started beef wasn't in her rotation so seeing her ears getting red the day after I gave her beef leads me to think it is beef that she's allergic to. Since Tues night she hasn't had any beef and now her ears are getting better again.

My plan is to wait until her ears are compelely healed for a week or so and then I'm going to give her beef to see if she has this same reaction. I figure if she does then I'll know for sure it is the problem. I'd just hate to cut it out of her diet assuming it is when it could just be a fluke.

Anyway, here are pics of her ear taken this afternoon.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:21 PM   #69 (permalink)
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They look great! Good idea cutting the beef out for a few weeks. I've heard that sometimes dog can be allergic to a raw food but not the cooked food and/or vice versa. Is that true. If so, would you consider cooking it to keep up with the rotation of proteins?


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I'm glad it wasn't an infection hopefully you can figure it out easily enough.


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