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Chronic ear problems are SO often food intolerance, but just changing from one commercial food to another can be an exercise in futility if you don't know WHAT food is causing the problem. WhenKodi was at his worst, my (integrative practice) vet suggested a two prong approach. First she put him on a temporary VERY limited ingredient diet, to get all but tow foods out of his system. It was JUST ground turkey and sweet potato. She says this can't, of course be a permanent diet, but it is close enough to complete that she feels comfortable leaving a dog on it for 6-8 weeks to get all other reactions to potential "problem floss" to settle down. At the same time, we did the Nutriscan testing. When it came back, we reintroduced a diet that avoided all of his problem foods. He still has some allergy issues, but they are WAY, WAY less then before.
I had tried a bunch of different foods too, and things would appear to get better for a while then would worsen again. Now I know that the culprit was fish. When I heard that he was HIGHLY reactive to fish, I was perplexed, because, to my knowledge, I'd never fed him fish. (because I hate the smell of fish-based foods) Then i started reading ingredients lists more carefully, and further down... MANY commercial dog foods, including very high quality ones, contain fish oil, because it's GOOD for most dogs... NOT good for Kodi. I doubt we ever would have tracked this down without Nutriscan testing.
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