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    Our yellow lab Duke had a yeast infection a few weeks ago which we gave him drops for. His head is still tilted to the left (the bad ear is on the left) and the vet told us that he would always just get ear infections since he is so young (1yr) and gave us a different ointment to use for a week. We are thinking of getting a second opinion because after another week his head is still tilted and sometimes when he is going up stairs he acts unbalanced.

    Has anyone had these problems or have any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    and the vet told us that he would always just get ear infections since he is so young
    Yikes. Time to find a new vet!!!!

    My Frankie had constant infections in his left ear (only the left). We finally discovered it was from allergies. I have him on grain free food now and it's cleared up. Anytime he has anything other than this food (treats, whatever), it immediately flares up.

    What food do you have him on?



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    I would get a second opinion. Abby would tilt her head when she was swimming and that always was a sure sign she had an ear infection. One day on the drops and the tilt was gone. She only has had two and she is 4 1/2 years old.

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    Dio also had ear infections as a pup and we took him off grain. We feed him the Acana grain free foods. He never gets them anymore. Try it out and see!
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    We just switched him from Eukanuba Puppy to the adult food yesterday. The vet did mention the possibility of allergies but said that if he isn't biting his paws etc then it probably isn't that....

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    Sammi started having more problems with her ears just randomly the last few months. I switched her food to a grain free and the problem is solved. Not sure if it will work for you, but its something to think about especially since it seems to have worked for several of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlapan View Post
    We just switched him from Eukanuba Puppy to the adult food yesterday. The vet did mention the possibility of allergies but said that if he isn't biting his paws etc then it probably isn't that....
    Allergies manifest themselves in many different ways.

    Mine are on grain free and one has been free of ear infections for a few years. The other one seems to be more inclined and he had one several months back. The vet gave us drops and anitbiotic pills and he cleared up. If yours is not better with the drops it may be fungal/yeast. I don't think that anitbiotics work on those.

    I would see another vet and maybe get a culture.
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    Watch your grain free foods with a 1 year old. Some might have a higher calcium/phosphorus ratio than what you want for a growing dog. You want to keep your calcium level about 1%, no higher than 1.5% until the dog is done growing, which is about 18 months to 2 years. There's nothing wrong with grain free if that's what you decide to do, but don't do a switch without doing a bit of research first on the calcium levels.



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    Your vet doesn't sound very knowledgable.....



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