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Hi there, I am Dr. Kane, and I will do my best to assist you with your pet today. Please give me a moment to type up a response to your concerns. In the meantime- please take a moment to relay any other pertinent information. Sound good?
Hi- there is no OTC prednisolone, or oral corticosteroid product available, unfortunately.
I'm sorry to hear that your dog is having this chronic ear issue. Whenever someone mentions that they are unhappy with their relationship with their veterinarian- I recommend finding a new one!
No, there is no alternative to an oral steroid. You may be able to find a new veterinarian who can refill the prescription for you, and also discuss other medications or approaches to managing chronic ear disease.
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If the ears are not too sore or ulcerated, and are producing a lot of discharge or debris, you can use a sterile saline solution (available at most pharmacies) to at least keep the ears clean and levels of infection down. If you haven't tried a different food- sometimes this can make a world of difference, although most ear infections are due to allergies other than food (pollen, molds, dust mites- things that cause hay fever in people). If you try a new food, try to use something with limited ingredients other than what she has already tried before- for example if she has been eating a diet with beef and corn as main carbohydrate and protein sources- try something with Salmon and rice or oatmeal. It may take 3 months of feeding the new diet only, to determine whether it is helping.
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