Question: I have a 6 year old male shih tzu that has had ear problems for years. I have used countless medicines and do vinegar/alcohol drops several times a week. I have always fed grain free, just because I feel it is a more natural feed for canines. However, I am wondering if you think food can be a cause for his itchy, over waxy ears?
So far, he has not had any inner ear problems, they seem to be outer ear canal. He scratches them a lot and they will get tender and sore. There is no yeast or other bacteria found by the vet? I found your blog and thought you may direct me about food and ear issues. Thank You
Answer: Thanks for your question. Red, itchy ears can be a manifestation of true food allergy. Here is an article with more information about food allergies in pets: “Food allergy in pets“.
It may be worth discussing a hypoallergenic diet trial with your vet to see if you get improvement in his ear condition.
Dr. Donna Spector
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