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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry Lewis has had so much going on this past week!I can give you some basic guidelines for this evening to hopefully allow him to get comfortable but if there is an odor, redness, discharge that is continuing overnight he likely will need a topical medication to treat the ear to resolve the symptoms. Very likely with his recent surgery there is nothing in the ear such as a grass awn or bug but possibly allergies and/ or an infection/ inflammatory response- Begin benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to help relieve the itch and hopefully allow him to rest comfortably. <1% do have excitement with benadryl but it is very rare and in general does provide relief in these scenarios. If this helps yet he begins to itch again in 4-6 hours you can repeat the benadryl if necessary a little early- Wipe the ear out with a 3:1 solution of water to white vinegar with a cotton ball (no qtips!) to remove any debris and irritation- If you have a cone or donut to use on him that would be ideal because we definitely don't want him using that newly repaired leg to scratch at the ear and damage his surgery. - Take a moist towel and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes then apply to the ear, this will help numb and provide relief temporarily while we wait for the benadryl to help- If you have any tramadol and/ or rimadyl from his surgery that you are tapering then I would advise using it to help give him relief. There is no contraindications of any of these medications in combinationPlease let me know how else I can assist you both today. I hope Lewis is feeling better soon!
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He definitely could have a yeast infection. Often there is a brownish discharge and it has a "sweet" odor to it
Glad to hear he is a bit more comfortable...
If he doesn't settle in the next hour I would try the benadryl, it is safe with nonsteroidals and tramadol and antibiotics. If he is on tramadol it might be worthwhile giving early, so if you are giving it every 12 hours perhaps going to every 8 hours which is a prescribed dose for this medication. But I do understand your hesitations...
Happy he has settled a little bit more...Can I assist with any additional questions or clarify anything for you both tonight?
I am online another 40 minutes tonight if anything changes and you need further guidance. I truly hope he is feeling better soon!
Good morning, how did Lewis do after we spoke last night? I would love an update!
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today!
Oops, I am in appointments for a few more hours but will monitor for any updates :)