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Old 02-27-2012, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed yesterday that Stanley's ears have little spots with no hair.
It's been a while since he keeps scratching his ears, so I took him to the vet, which didn't find anything wrong with him, but prescribed Otomax for 7 days and changed his diet.

Stanley has been on Pinnacle Holistic (Trout & Sweet Potato) with some canned food mixed into it.... I should've probably cut the canned food at the same time to see if that was the problem, but I will now and see how it goes.
(I really like this food because it improved his gas issues almost 100%!)

Any idea of what this hair loss could be from?


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Old 02-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nope no clue,, poor Stanley,, Bella sends smooches
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What do the inside of his ears look like? Otimax is used for ear/yeast infections, so if the inside of his ears are fine and he just has some hair loss on the outside then the Otimax is going to do very little.

What food did your vet end up changing you to?

Personally I would have asked for a skin scraping, just in case.
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I'm with ^^. Not sure why otimax for external hair loss? If it doesn't clear soon ask for a mange scrape as a precaution! : )
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When we took him to the vet, his ears were constantly red, and had some brown smelly discharge. Both symptoms improved after the Otomax, but the itching persisted. At that point, there was no issues with the hair loss.
I believe he ran another test during the visit, that I can't tell you what it was exactly, because my boyfriend was the one that took him to the vet at that point. If my memory serves me well, the vet ruled out the possibility of ear mites and he didn't think it was an ear infection, so he hoped the new diet would help.
He also gave Stanley a shot of something (sorry don't have the paperwork to tell you what, but has steroids in it?) that would help with the ears and the problem with licking/chewing his paws...

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What food did your vet end up changing you to?
The Pinnacle link above is the new diet. He was on a Costco brand before...


Stanley will be back at the vet to get neutered on the 9th, so I'll have the boyfriend showing the vet how bad his ears look.
I just wish I could treat it in the meantime, cause the poor thing is constantly itching his ears, so I have to stop him and itch them for him
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I finally found the answer for his itchy ears!!!

Lynne (
Gypsiemouse) commented about Zymox on another thread, and I decided to give it a shot.
I bought it through
Amazon Amazon
for only $14.95 (free shipping), and it was totally worth it!

Not only the package makes it easier to pour inside the dog's ears, (compared to ointments squeeze tubes), but this formula worked wonders!
No more dragging the head on the carpet, red/itchy/hairless ears!

I applied it to Stanley's ears for 7 days/once a day and now I do only once a week (will do this for another month).
This is definitely going to be part of my 'favorite dog supplies' list!
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