Shaking her ears/ hard bumps on them

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Hello Knowledgeable People that I always turn to first and appreciate SO MUCH!,

I've been reading up trying to figure out whats going on with my girl, Ruby.

Her coat is beautiful, but lately her ears have had a couple of bumps on them, mainly on the outside and several places that the skin shows through.

She really shakes her head and snaps those ears like there is something inside, but its just as clean and lovely looking in there, so I don't think there are mites.

I feed her Taste of the Wild (she grew up on the salmon version but about 2 months ago, when she lost interest in it, I bought a bag of the bison and venison) because she lost interest in her food. She ate that BARELY, but, she WOULD eat the other dog's food--the Costco green bag--it was the only thing I could get her to eat.

It was then that I figured out she thought she was pregnant and had morning sickness and threw up a few times, whined a lot and carried baby toys EVERYWHERE with her (even would keep one in her mouth while she was squating to go potty  LOL)

She ate mainly the GRAIN food from Costco for about a month...(now we are back to feeding her only salmon ToTW in hopes that that will be the answer)

 

Does anyone think that could be the issue?

I've read before that red Dobie's are prone to grain allergies. Would that cause her to shake her head and have skin issues only on her ears?

(I'm thinking maybe since the ears are thinnest...)

What do you think?

 

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If it didn't happen till she ate the cheaper food then I'd assumed it was an allergic reaction. Was the other food chicken based as well ? You could always try Benadryl and see if that clears it up then you would know if it was a allergic reaction. I don't remember the exact weight to pill ratio but I'm sure you could google it. I had to switch to a raw diet cuz Ares decided he wasn't going to munch his kibble anymore but we were on totw also. My other dog get the salmon one now and does well. Maybe feed both the same food so you don't have this issue ?

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If I understand you correctly, it happened when you switched protein sources from fish to the bison food (both TOTW though). It could be an allergy the the preservative used for those meats. One of mine has to be on fish or poultry foods--he gets almost immediate ear infections on anything else, even if it is the same brand. Have you cleaned her ears with something like Epi-Otic yet? If not, I'd go get a bottle from your get and try that. It could be a yeast of bacterial infection deep in the ear canal, in which case you should get proper drops soon. Otto had one once and you couldn't tell from the outer canal, but it became extremely painful for him. I'd also put her back on a fish food, maybe try to find one that she will eat better or include some wet food to make it more interesting. Kirkland, Canidae, and Orijen all make grain-free fish based foods. I can speak highly for Canidae and Orijen, having fed both to my problem pup :)

 

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Oh wow! I didn't think about preservatives. Super good point.

Yes, she's back on her ToTW Salmon (and eating well, now that her false-pregnancy bout is over)

I will put the drops in her ears, it sure can't hurt.

I do think it's diet related though. I had read (when I first got her, nearly a year ago) that Red Dobies were often allergic to chicken and grains. So I avoided them (until she wouldn't eat...)

Now she only gets Salmon kibble with some of the Kirkland Turkey stew mixed in.

I think she looks better, but maybe I am just hopeful.

Time will tell.  TY TY both of you

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It also happened to ours, come to find out he was allergic to to dyes in the food. It was giving him ear infections.