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Chronic ear issues :( - food change recommendations?

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Our 10 (almost 11!) year old bulldog has recently begun having chronic ear issues 😭

We have returned to the vet on at least three occasions and last time we went were told next step is allergy specialist

After inquiring with specialist, their treatments and testing could be up to 2000+

We are hoping to try what we can before going this route (because we are struggling financially) but obviously love our guy very much and hate seeing him in such discomfort

His diet has been the same since he was little (holistic selects weight management formula) which is primarily a chicken and pea protein.

We tried to switch to a different protein source of the same brand (lamb and rabbit) but even after just a couple days it seems the itching is even worse.

Feeling super desperate and wondering if anyone has experience in this realm or could share what worked for them

My thought is to try something totally different like the Purina pro plan Vetrinary vegetarian ? And see how it reacts ?

We clean his ears regularily with solution straight from the vet and he only gets cucumber and broccoli as treats (he loves it) as well as a vegan glucosamine powder supplement on every meal

Any recommendations or tips would be so appreciated ♥
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So sorry your dog is having these issues. We had a dog that suffered from the same thing. It is difficult to keep under control.
Do remove all dog food with chicken and/or rice. You have to be careful with other foods labeled with other meats as they may still
have some form of chicken in them (chicken meal, etc.). One of the things we used on our dog in order to keep any moisture
dried up in the ear was a half and half solution of white vinegar and alcohol. We would gently clean the ear and then apply a
few drops in each ear. We also gave our dog Benedryl for the itching. Please ask your vet about the above options.

You need to clean your dog's system. Some dogs may be allergic to rice, as well. As this article on rice for dogs states:
(White Rice for Dogs Recipe - Good or Bad? - Dog Dwell )

Beware: Some Canine Might Be Allergic
"Generally, rice serves instead carbohydrates for canines with grain allergic reactions, corresponding to corn, which is in lots of canine meals.
Whereas most canines aren’t allergic to rice, some have been identified to have an allergic response to it.
Signs often embody itchy pores and skin, hair loss, scorching spots, and ongoing ear infections."

Feeding your dog for a week free of chicken and rice may help. Also, giving him a tablespoon or two daily of probiotic yogurt will help.
Remember to discuss this with your vet. Please let us know how this works for your dog. Best wishes. :)
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