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Experience:  DVM from Iowa State University in 1994; actively engaged in private regular and emergency practice since that time.
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Ear infection, i washed it with Iodine on the advice of a

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ear infection, i washed it with Iodine on the advice of a friend now he seems to be in a lot of discomfert, i gave him 150 mg tradol .\, not working
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations the dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bruno, germin shep, 7 years old, cronic ear infection
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bruno?
Customer: no he is in good shap oterwise
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 9 months ago.

Hello,

I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about Bruno.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 9 months ago.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he has a bad smelling ear infection that wont go away, we ahvve trid many things including a vet with no good results
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 9 months ago.

Oh, no. This sounds really frustrating. I want you to know you're not alone. Bad ear infections are a really common problem, and the most serious ones often require multiple trips to the vet, a variety of medications, and some even require surgery to solve.

Is your dog still able to hear out of this ear?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
he can hear, is iodine a possible solution ? he is in a good deal of pain
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 9 months ago.

Iodine, contrary to the advice you received from your friend, is not a good idea. If Bruno's eardrum gets a hole in it (or it may already have one) it can result in permanent hearing loss. I'm afraid it's not safe to use.

Since Bruno is in a good deal of pain, the best recommendation I can make is to get him back into the care of a veterinarian. I can help you with things to look for to know if you're working with a good vet who's going to be able to help him.

Additionally, I want you to know that even simple, uncomplicated, non-painful ear infections are difficult to manage and cannot be treated successfully with home remedies. You are going to need prescription medications and to work with a veterinarian - perhaps over a month or more - to get this under control.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 9 months ago.

Please start by reading this article. It gives an overview of what is necessary to treat an ear infection in a dog. As I mentioned above, the more complicated cases can even require surgery. Also, nearly every case of otitis (ear infection) in a dog has some type of underlying problem that causes the ear infection to come back. This can be a food reaction, allergy, or other problem. That means you'll also have to address that problem in order to solve Bruno's problem.

Once again, that means having an ongoing relationship with a vet who is directing his treatment.

I know you had one bad experience already, but rest assured his problem can be solved if you stick with the plan, working with a good vet.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 9 months ago.

I wish I had better news for you and I wish there was some kind of treatment you could carry out at home that will solve Bruno's problem, but unfortunately, that is not the case.

Is there anything else I can help you with today?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank You very much
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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 9 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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