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I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Lala.
What are her signs?
When did they start?
Thank you, sure.
Would a photo of her ear canal be possible?
Does she have any discharge?
Great, thank you.
Bless her, ok.
Before typing my reply is there anything else I should know?
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I'm sorry Lala has this issue and understand your concern for her.
Her ear canal is extremely thickened which is indicative of chronic infection.
Given her breed, it is quite likely there is an allergic component and she may be allergic to some foods and/or things in the environment (like grass, dust or mites).
Given the extent of the swelling, this is not something we will successfully be able to treat from home I'm afraid.
A vet visit is needed for several reasons:
Unless we get on top of this now, she will likely continue to suffer with ongoing issues in her ears.
Not at all.
Do you have any further questions tonight?
Yes, certainly. Beef, for example, is a common allergen.
Dogs can be allergic to any food including meats, grains, peas etc.
We could trial a hydrolysed diet such as Royal Canin Anallergenic. This food has been broken down so those with allergies will not react. When giving a diet like this, we cannot give any other foods, treats or dental sticks.
It can take 8 weeks to see a change.
It can be wet or dry, but a hydrolysed diet would be advised.
These are complete diets meaning they provide all of the nutrients the dog needs.
This won't resolve her ear issue but is a sensible move if she does have allergies.
Whether the food is wet or dry does not make a difference.
It is about it being hydrolysed.
Any diet change should be made gradually over several days.
Not at all and take care.
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