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This is probably an ear infection.
The best way to treat this is with topical antibiotic solutions and ear cleaners, but sometimes you can get on top of it by cleaning them at home.
You can use a mixture of white vinegar and water
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water and pour it in the ear. Massage gently and let your dog shake the excess fluid out.
Then get some cotton balls and wipe out the ears.
Don't use a Q-tip because you could injure the ear drum
This is a relatively safe procedure unless the eardrum is ruptured (not very common)
If the problem persists you will need to be more aggressive.
Do you have any other questions?
She has itched them with her paw and has a sore will the solution sting hur ear where it is red and sore? and will an OTC medicine help? I have Sulfodene and a couple of other OTC that my friend gave me to use? As far as being more agressive what do you mean by that?
Yes, the vinegar mixture may sting. There are some other ear cleaners that you can purchase on websites like Dr. Foster and Smith, but many of those aren't very soothing either. I like EpiOtic Advance, it is the least irritating, but you need to buy it from a vet.
Does the EpiOtic Advance need an RX?
Technically I don't think so, but it is only sold by veterinarians. If you see it on a website they will probably require a prescription.
Do you have the thick white Sulfadiazene cream?
No, the liquid in a bottle. Ok, so what can I do that will not sting her in the meantime? About taking a more agressive aproach what do ou mean by that?
Sorry, by aggressive I mean buckling down, going ot the vet and getting the EpiOtic and topical ear antibiotics
Do you have a local pet store like PetSmart or Petco nearby?
Yes, and also a feed store
They will have some ear cleaning products that are probably more soothing than vinegar/water. There are a million products out there and they vary by store and geographic location (needless to say I don't have them all memorized)
In the meantime you can put an e-collar on her to keep her from scratching the ears
I the inflammation decreases then I would try the vinegar/waer solution.
Ideally a topical steroid creme that has an antibiotic in it would soothe the ears the most, unfortunately this will require a prescription
Ok, so I will make an appt for my dog to go to the vet. Thank you for your help
You are welcome. Do you have any other questions?
No, thanks for your help