Originally Posted by aveks77
Also what is meant by grain free diet?
Grain free diet is just as it is written. When shopping for dog food look for one that is labeled as grain free. This does not have any wheat, rice, barley, etc... in the contents of the food. Many dogs allergies come from these items and are not necessary in their diet anyway. If your dog shows signs the ear problem and is from a food allergy you will need to be very strict with the diet. You can not give them any treats or goodies that are not grain free. To truly know if it may help is to find a good grain free and feed him/her strictly for about 12 weeks. I took a dog back that was 9 years old due to the owners injury and no longer able to care for her. She was in what I called terrible shape when she arrived. She was 20-30 lbs over weight which lead to her having trouble walking. Her teeth were something I never saw. The smell of her coat was unbearable. (Yes we washed her often, it was just her perfume) then there were the ears...nasty, stinky, gross. We groomed her, cleaned her teeth, had thyroid tested and other blood work. All blood work was normal. I did put her on an antibiotic due to the infection in her gums. Then we changed her diet as she was eating ben...awful. We put her on Canidae Grain Free ALS Elements and she did not receive anything else. It was about 3-4 months later. I would have never been a believer diet could be such an amazing impact. Besides loosing weigh (easy one to fix) her coat was growing in beautiful, the odor she was perfuming was gone. The ears were clear and under control. She lived just shy of 13 years and never had any issues. Wish I had pictures of the before and after to show what junk food to a dog could cause.