I took her to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital for them to look her over. We left with the usual: antibiotics for the bacterial infection in her paws, and drops for the yeast infection in her ears.
We believe Lily also has an underlying food allergy as well. Corn and wheat are the likely suspects, and lots of dogs have this allergy. In fact, if you've got a dog with recurrent ear infections, food allergies are worth investigating. It's as easy as a simple food trial. Feed your dog a new food — one without corn or wheat products — for about six weeks. See if the coat and skin and ears improve. If they do, your dog might have a food allergy. Of course, always check with your vet about things like this – they're the experts.
Spring always makes Lily's allergies worse, so we're pretty sure she's got inhaled allergies as well as the food allergies. But timing was poor this spring: a friend had given us a package of "Beggin' Strips." Not even thinking about the allergies, we gave them to the dogs. Within two days, Lily's allergies had bloomed — she began chewing on her feet and her ears got goopy. I took a look at the ingredients and – you guessed it – we'd given those allergies a jump-start with the Beggin Strips – they had both corn and wheat on the ingredient panel.
After being on the antibiotics for only 24 hours, her foot chewing has slowed and she's not limping anymore. I'll be closely examining those ingredient panels in the future…