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When it first started that is is combination I used and it didn't help and I ended up at the vet with steroids and a medicated flush for two weeks. The infection came back when I stopped the medication. I have an appointment with a more specialized vet tomorrow. thanks for your reply!

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Absolutely treat the symptoms of the ear infections, but determining the underlying cause (which can be diet related), provides the best scenario for preventing them in the first place.
My male golden suffered from recurring ear infections as a young dog, my female golden mix, suffered from recurring urinary tract infections, I switched them to a dog food that contained no chicken, no corn, no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, (Acana Ranchlands) and they haven't had a recurrence since, they are both now seniors.



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My first Golden had horrible ear infections all the time. Back in the 90's I knew nothing about a good dog food, I thought Iams was tops. Now with Murphy I stick to high quality grain free such as Orijen. He's had two ear infections both from me not being cautious enough while bath him. He is almost six and his ears are always pristine and I never clean them. Good Luck!

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Iíve had 6 goldens. Only 1 didnít get ear infections. I just figured it was part of the whole thing of owning a golden with furry ears. Iíve never attempted food changing to have affect on ear infections. Instead i just kept the fur clipped up as tight as possible under the ear flap.


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Ok, we went to the $$$$ Vet on Friday and there was still yeast in the ear so he gave her a stronger anti biotic than the $ did, but thinks she has a another issue going on to follow up on Monday if no change in eating habits etc. Saturday we trained and she had good energy but still wasn't herself. She ate roughly half of her food both am and pm. Sunday she really wasn't interested in her food at all and by yesterday am she was in lala land, not lethargic just out there not wanting to jump on the bed and not terrorizing the other dogs or trying to bring trees in the house. We went to the vet and she had a temp of 103.5 so the vet ran some tests, they were negative for Lyme and heart worms. So he gave her a 3 day anti inflammatory and 10 days of a antibiotic, if she isnt better in 3 days after the anti inflammatory we will do a CBC and CMP. This am she wasn't 100% but she jumped off the bed at 5am and was ready to go out, she totally terrorized my almost 14 year old and ran around like a nut case trying to drag a 10 ft branch to me. So it looks like we will follow up in 10 days unless she goes down hill. He also said he doesn't think the food is a issue and the ear and other infection is combined some how.. He wanted to wait on the CBC and CMP to allow her temp to go down. Thanks for every ones responses

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Ok, we went to the $$$$ Vet on Friday and there was still yeast in the ear so he gave her a stronger anti biotic than the $ did, but thinks she has a another issue going on to follow up on Monday if no change in eating habits etc. Saturday we trained and she had good energy but still wasn't herself. She ate roughly half of her food both am and pm. Sunday she really wasn't interested in her food at all and by yesterday am she was in lala land, not lethargic just out there not wanting to jump on the bed and not terrorizing the other dogs or trying to bring trees in the house. We went to the vet and she had a temp of 103.5 so the vet ran some tests, they were negative for Lyme and heart worms. So he gave her a 3 day anti inflammatory and 10 days of a antibiotic, if she isnt better in 3 days after the anti inflammatory we will do a CBC and CMP. This am she wasn't 100% but she jumped off the bed at 5am and was ready to go out, she totally terrorized my almost 14 year old and ran around like a nut case trying to drag a 10 ft branch to me. So it looks like we will follow up in 10 days unless she goes down hill. He also said he doesn't think the food is a issue and the ear and other infection is combined some how.. He wanted to wait on the CBC and CMP to allow her temp to go down. Thanks for every ones responses

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How did she do over the weekend?
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FT Goldens, I gave her off til Thursday with light train on Thursday and increased training on Friday but heavy train on Sat. with two sets of single marks off of triple setups with the long bird being roughly 400 yrds. She usually takes off Sunday and Monday so I kept to the schedule. She seems fine but since Monday her energy level has increased significantly. She had more go yesterday than I have seen in 2 months. I really think this infection what ever it was had affected her that long. She is eating her full amount of food each feeding so I am staying with the PPP for now. We will start water on Friday so if all goes well our first Derby will be 6/16 in Va. A great Derby with just a OH/Q/Derby and no flyers because of state laws. That will give me time to see where we are before the fall season starts 9/1. Just sucks she will age out during the middle of winter. She is land ready now I believe but so much water work to do Thanks for every ones concern.

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A bit late to this discussion. As some here know I have been quite tied up this whole year with Rose's MCT surgery and radiation treatments. She was always prone to ear infections and hot spots. I failed her by listening and trusting my former vet and allowed her to be put on Apoquel without researching myself and reading the clinical studies where clearly shows 5-6% cancer rates.

I ran Dr Dodd's Nutriscan on all three dogs and came to a compromise - no more kibble. All cooked (beef, lamb, bison, salmon) and freeze dried food Super beef meal mixers and Surf N' Turf salmon/beef patties from Stella & Chewy. So far I can say that they have more energy, their coats have improved and so far clean ears and much better teeth. I was worried that my finicky Belle may not like it. Au contraire - she is loving it! Have to be careful or she will turn into a butter ball!


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Claudia - I'm so sorry to see that about Rose. Big hopes that she's doing well and does fine long term. I know of at least one golden for sure through where I train who survived this and still doing great at age 13 (the cancer happened when he was 8, was on his side - I think it was stage 2 because removal was complicated and they had to go in a second time, but it had not spread beyond the skin).

Jacks had been on apoquel, but I stopped that because I was concerned about depressing or messing with his immune system right now while he's right at that point when dogs DO develop cancer of the spleen or other issues. If it had better results at stopping his nosebleeds I might have stuck with it. But only thing that seems to help with nosebleeds is anti-inflammatory meds or natural/holistic treatments.

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Claudia - I'm so sorry to see that about Rose. Big hopes that she's doing well and does fine long term. I know of at least one golden for sure through where I train who survived this and still doing great at age 13 (the cancer happened when he was 8, was on his side - I think it was stage 2 because removal was complicated and they had to go in a second time, but it had not spread beyond the skin).

Jacks had been on apoquel, but I stopped that because I was concerned about depressing or messing with his immune system right now while he's right at that point when dogs DO develop cancer of the spleen or other issues. If it had better results at stopping his nosebleeds I might have stuck with it. But only thing that seems to help with nosebleeds is anti-inflammatory meds or natural/holistic treatments.
Rose's was on her lower back leg and wrapped between the tendons. No clean margins. I did bot the IDEXX pathology report grade 2 mitotic index 1 and also the MSU pathology report with AgNOR Ki-67 scoring for cell proliferation which indicated low 2 and a score of 12 which is low. I have pursued both conventional and holistic approaches as there is no way to operate again if it comes back. She would face amputation or just management until it metastasizes. I will also look into cryosurgery to see if that could be an option but my hope is that it will never come back. I wish I knew that this has been done on canines before I did the first surgery.

Not to hijack the thread, but I also added canine colostrum (immune system) and milk thistle (liver protection) and increased the turmeric (anti inflammatory) to their diet.


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