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Hermione ear infection redux

Hermione has a ear infection. Actually her old ear infection never really went away. :( After she went swimming, her infection flared up badly. She yelped when I cleaned her ears on Thursday night. Then on Friday night, she yelped when Walter tugged on her ears to pet them.

I went to the vet today. For ten days, I'm to use her Epi-Otic ear wash once a day and at another time of day put in Mometamax ear drops. She's also getting Prednisalone (a steroid we often gave Little T I note with some irony) to bring down the swelling in her ears.

Then I'm to use this different ear wash that is more drying once a week. And her ears shouldn't smell or be that gunky. I feel bad that my inexperience led me to let her ear infection continue, but now that I know her ears shouldn't smell and that I shouldn't be cleaning gunk out of her ears every day, I won't let it happen again.

In better news, the vet said that she didn't have skin allergies, so I guess Evo and Salmon Oil is working. I'm trying Missing Link to see if that improves things further.



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Aug. 11th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
My dog is a floppy eared lab who started having pretty nasty ear infections a couple years ago. Several visits to the vet did almost nothing. I poked around on the web and found this stuff:

I just mix the genatian violet in rubbing alcohol (none of the other ingredients) and pour it in, and we have had no more trouble-- in fact I have been using the same stuff after I swim for my ears (I use to use just rubbing alcohol). We both seem pretty happy. Something to consider once her ears are all happy and healthy, but after a bath or a swim.
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the info and link!
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
*HUG* Oy.
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Don't feel bad - our Natasha got an ear infection recently as well (and she didn't handle the medication *nearly* as well as Hermione seems to have - we had to muzzle her and hold her down!)

But our vet told us that 1) ear infections are really common, and 2) once a dog gets one, it doesn't take much to have it recur, regardless of how careful you are. And some dogs are really prone to getting them - I think the foldover ears contribute, more opportunity to hold in water, etc.

Just keep alert for them, and she (and you!) be fine.
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry, forgot to sign my post:

Aug. 26th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
don't feel bad about it
hi there I am on my second dog and his ears always seemed to have discharge so I thought thats how he was, until it became apparent that it was getting worse, his ears were really bad by the time I brought him, it happens, don't be hard on yourself. I went tool Olsen to get his teeth cleaned he is almost 7 and they found a cracked tooth that they removed, boy did I feel awful, but Lori at cci told me that also happens :)
take care
Barb and Olsen
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