Yup! Food allergies and yeast in the ears is pretty common. (I have had dogs with severe allergies!)
Never had the anal gland problem though.... As far as food goes, the rule of thumb is, no corn, no wheat, no soy , as those are the most common grains that can trigger allergies and are considered 'hot'. Good luck getting it under control cuz it's tricky sometimes!
Its true about corn, wheat & soy being huge allergy causers but in my opinion every 4 month old, no matter the breed, is cutting teeth. It directly corrolates to the ears. Yes you may need to treat it medically but once the dog is about 12 months old, the ear problems should cease completely. DO NOT neuter or vaccinate while the ears are infected....even though vets says its perfectly OK to do it. Dont do it. I dont like the sound of your vet at all. I have have my problems with many vets. I dont trust em at all. And just so you know for future reference, anal glands and their need to express them are completly not related to ears and each dog is different. Yes, your may have been full anf bothersome to him but its normal. He is a prepubescent youth....equivalent to a 10-11 year old boy. Some boys mature quicker or slower....hes is within the NORMAL range. Add variety to his diet once the ears are clear. Right now you wont know if diarreah is due to medicine or diet change.
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Royal Canin, while not the poorest food out there, is incredibly expensive for the quality you get, and depending on the variety, can be full of cheap filler ingredients, lots of grains, and chemicals. It's a "vet" food, so many vets heavily endorse it. Reality is, it's not that great.
It always AMAZES me when vets say, "Oh, its a food allergy!" and then immediately say "but don't change his food, oh no you don't want to do that"
The sad truth is most vets know almost nothing about nutrition, so while your vet may be wonderful at a lot of things, take his advice with a grain of salt when it comes to what food to feed your dog.
Change his food. If he has a food allergy, you are only exacerbating the issue by keeping him on a food he is sensitive to. Orijen may be too rich/too high protein, but there are LOTS of grain free alternatives out there. Try one, and give it a month. Many times a food change will cause a little loose stool and that isn't the end of the world! Usually, with time, the stool will normalize. Acana is another brand by the same company as Orijen that is lower protein. You may want to look into that.
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