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My Red Fox Lab has had yeast infections in his ears, on his…

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My Red Fox Lab...

My Red Fox Lab has had yeast infections in his ears, on his tail and now on his paws. I've tried everything medication-wise. Now I hear it may be his food? I feed Purina One Chicken and rice.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infections Lab can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. How old is Lab?

He's nine. His Yellow Lab sisters don't have this problem and eat the same food.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lab?

No. He's gone there since we got him at about 1.5 years old.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

It could be food allergies. But it could also be environmental allergies. Has he had a blood test to see what he is allergic to? Have you tried a hypo-allergenic diet trial yet?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
He hasn't had blood work cone, however, our vet has suggested sulfur based shampoo for the external yeast infections on the tail and paws as well as a recent two week course of special Rx liquid ear wash that needs 5 minutes of contact in the ear to be effective. We just completed that ear regimen. But, I have heard that the food he's getting may be the culprit. It's Purina One Chicken and Rice formula...basically freeze-dried Chicken bits and kibble nuggets. He is the only one of my three Labs (All the same age, 9) that is affected this way.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

As you know one member of a family can be allergic to something and the others are not. I have fed Purina one before. Are you asking if he could be allergic to an ingredient in it? Chicken is highly allergenic.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Purina one also has corn which is highly allergenic.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

So yes it could be the food.

But as I mentioned it could also be environmental allergies. That is what the blood test would rule in or rule out.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

An easy way to do a simple food test is to cook for 8 weeks. Pick a protein he has never had before like Venison or rabbit or goat. Boil it until it is cooked through.

Then boil white potato or sweet potato.

Mix together.

Feed one cup per each 10 pounds of dog daily.

Do not add any supplements or vitamins.

Food for 8 weeks.

Or if you do not want to cook you can buy a prescription hypo-allergenic diet from the vet.

Or try "Wellness Limited Ingredient" which you can buy online and at a few pet stores.

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