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Piper has always had a strange smell to her ears...not a gross smell, but always kind of yeasty smelling. when we first got piper, we feed her Costco's kirkland dry dog food...after several months, we switched to costco's kirkland nature's domain grain free... also tried some other good quality brands of grain free dry dog food as well, because she was doing a lot of scratching at her bottom & at the base of her tail. None of the grain free foods changed her itching or yeasty smelling ears. Did tons of research...decided to try a food with a protein that was less likely to cause allergies...found out that chicken & beef were a higher allergen protein. also realized that lots of grain free dry foods use white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrotts, other veggies & fruit...these are all carbs that feed yeast. Found Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Rabbit Meal Formula dry food, and have been feeding it to Piper for a little over a month now...at the same time i started her on this new food, i also decided to stop giving her people food. about 2 1/2 weeks into her new eating plan, i noticed that her scratching had greatly decreased...yesterday, i took a big sniff of her ears, and they don't smell anymore!!! I'm very excited about this (: took me a long time to figure out...i now think it was a yeast issue that was being fueled by the carbs in her grain free dry food & the carbs in the people food that she was eating. in a few months, i may switch from the rabbit to duck, to see if she can tolerate other sources of protein. But, i will definitely stick with Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free LID dry dog food (: I'm also going to bathe Piper 2 times a week for 2 weeks, with this Malaseb Shampoo that kills any topical yeast that is causing issues with her skin...it has the same active ingredient as women's Monistat yeast infection cream. So, by treating this from the inside with her food & treating it from the outside with the shampoo, I'm hoping that her itchiness will be totally resolved (: i know that dog food is a major issue & have seen many blogs about it, but, would like to hear any suggestions & experiences that other doodle owners have been thru with food issues.