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My son's dog has a reacurring ear problem (smell, itching)

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Customer: My son's dog has a reacurring ear problem (smell, itching) and I have some leftover drops from an infection actually three types,can we use them on the dog?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: It occurs in the same ear and the local vet wants to shorten his ear and install some plastic to hold it open. I'm not happy about that, so I have some extra ear meds , cortisporin, and Ofloxacin to try if safe for a wonderful dog
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. Typically if a patient has an ear infection, and the client has some medications at home, I usually tell them to go ahead and try them first, along with daily ear cleaning. If not working, though, they need to get back in for an evaluation. Generally, it is safe to do that. The only concern is if the dog has a ruptured ear drum. Some medications can be toxic to the middle or inner ear if the ear drum is compromised. The only way to know that is to have your vet look into the ear. Most of the time it doesn't tend to be a problem, but there are rare cases that it can be. With an ear infection that is red, itching and swollen; you might as well not treat them without steroids to remove the inflammation and swelling. You may just be spinning your wheels. So, if the ears have any of those signs, I would just get him in to be seen. I would talk to the vet more about controlling the underlying cause of the ear infections, which is usually an allergy. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. If you feel like all your questions have been answered, please rate my service. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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