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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. 

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on September 25, 2014 at 10:42am

is the new diet still working.. ??   

Comment by Lois - Izzi on August 2, 2014 at 1:34pm

Good job Lorie.. 

Thanks for posting  

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on July 28, 2014 at 12:02pm

It might not be just the dog food. Watch out for treats. Picco is allergic to pigs ears. He will chew himself raw - once his paw & once his butt!

Comment by Lorie & Piper on July 27, 2014 at 9:20pm

debbie...i get it online at wag.com...i think it's a 25lb bag & costs around $89...free shipping...the rabbit cost about $10 more than the other flavors.  you can go to nature's variety website and find a local store that has it.  i'm doing it online and get like a 5% discount for a regular delivery...you can choose the length of time between deliveries.  also, i go to retailmenot.com & search for discount codes...they have a good first time buyer of 20% off for wag.com orders.  at first i thought it was allergies to the protein source, so that is why i bought the rabbit because it is a low allergen protein...now that i think her issue is more yeast related, i want to try the duck flavor in a couple months & see if she is okay with that (duck flavor is cheaper too).  nature's variety instinct grain free LID formula has hardly any ingredients...nature's variety has other formulas with different & more ingredients, so you need to read the contents very closely to get the formula that works best for your baby...gah...the hours i have into researching this is huge!!!  it was super hard to stop giving her people food...if i find out she can tolerate other protein sources, i will be able to give her some of our meat, but not seasoned with anything.  Hey, nature's variety also makes treats too (:  this sounds kind of weird, but when i started thinking it was a yeast issue...while i was researching which food to get...i went to walmart & got some of walmart's brand (equate) miconazole (yeast infection cream)...trimmed the hair super super short around her bottom and base of her tail where she was scratching & put some of that cream on those spots...totally stopped her itching almost instantly...so, that's how i figured it was a yeast problem & knew it had to be treated from the inside as well as the outside.  ordered the nature's variety instinct grain free LID dry food and feed her only that...no more carb filled people food.  I just ordered the malaseb shampoo to treat her topical yeast (base of tail, her bottom & her paws).  Poor babies with their itchy bottoms ):  you may want to check the base of trixie's tail too...i thought it was just piper's bum but looked closely when she was scratching it with her teeth and saw she was also scratching the base of her tail.  ugh...what we do for our doodles (;

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on July 27, 2014 at 8:24pm

This is great, Lorie!  We don't have the ear smell issue, but we do have an itchy bottom issue and some licking at the paws, as well as frequent loose stools.  I've been feeding her Natures Domain since she was a puppy, and may change to the Nature's Variety Instinct.  Where are you buying it?  I know for sure that we need to stop feeding her tidbits of people food...IF I can get cooperation from her daddy!!!

Comment by Lorie & Piper on July 27, 2014 at 7:24pm

i forgot to mention, that Piper was also doing a lot of chewing on the bottom of one of her front paws...i noticed that after about 2.5 weeks of her new eating plan, that this paw chewing had been greatly decreased too (:

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