Chronic Dog Ear Infections and Skin Problems
My problems are ongoing as I have two shar pei's that have chronic skin problems.
I have changed their food to Solid Gold Holistic Blendz with Core fish canned food. Their coats were really improving and they did not seem to have any skin problems until the last couple of months.
Now they are both itching and scratching, chewing at their hind legs and their front legs. One was doing pretty bad about a month ago, but now she seems to be doing better, but underneath her neck where her collar is red and raw and looks like she is getting some type of skin infection or fungus. She also has alot of redness and elephant skin under her arm pits.
The male has been really chewing at his hind legs and tail, and scratching his belly and he is also very red underneath his front legs. He also has chronic ear infections which we have never figured out what causes them and have tried a variety of medications that seem to help for about a week or so but the ear problems always come back. We clean his ears on a regular basis but they always are full of black gunky stuff and very moist.
We have tried a variety of homeopathic remedies over the years, but nothing really helps, so we have to resort back to the medication. They have both been on steroids and antibiotics over the years.
Since the dog food seemed to help improve their skin and coat, I think their skin problems currently may be due to inhaled allergies as I live in the desert and it has been very windy lately. They stay in the house most of the time and only go out to use the bathroom or to go on their walks. But if it is calm outside and not windy then they are outdoors more.
I clean their bedding on a weekly basis with fragrance free detergent and don't use any type of air freshner in the home as I also have allergies to perfume.
Any help you can give me would be much appreciated as to an alternative to medication. Thank you.
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