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Does your vet not suspect allergies?
What you are describing sounds very similar, but more extreme, than the situation we have gone through with Finn. Finn was having nasty ear infections. The first one was pretty ugly and the vet had to clean out his ears and he screamed and carried on as if he was being tortured. I could not get close to his ears for awhile after that. He raised such a hissy fit and screamed so loud, it hurt MY ears. I had to take him to the vet every day for the course of treatment for that first infection. He has had trouble with his ears since about 9 months of age. I have kept in contact with his breeder since he came to us at ten weeks of age. I found out that his daddy started having issues, losing hair, scaly ears, and I can't remember what else, and she had him tested for thyroid, among other things and then finally tested him for allergies. Knowing that Finn's daddy had allergies gave us a place to start and when Finn started showing some of the same signs, I had Finn allergy tested too - although it is not inexpensive. Finn was chewing on the joint of his left front leg. He got an infection in his muzzle from rubbing his face on the floor. He has also had an infection in the corner of his eye. I have to treat his ears with drops every other day or so, or they still flare up. We did change his food after the allergy testing came back. But he also tested positive to molds, weeds, grasses and trees. I wash his face after he has been outside playing, and run the cloth over his hair and wash his feet; mostly in the spring and summer.
It was slow going, but I would handle his ears briefly and not try to clean them or put drops in them, just trying to get him used to me handling them again. It took quite a bit of time but at least the screaming stopped. He still doesn't like me handling them that much, but he tolerates it and I am able to get the drops in them.
My heart goes out to you. It is so upsetting to see them suffering and not know what the problem is.
The odd thing about Finn and his daddy - they were both doing well, until his breeder changed his daddy's food and I had changed Finn's food.
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom