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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear your Satoshi is having issues with his ears!I can give you some basic guidelines but if there is no change or they worsen then please consult your veterinarian to begin stronger treatment such as topical antibiotics/ steroids and possibly even oral ones as well...- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to help with the itch and discomfort of an infection/ inflammatory response. May sedate mildly- 75/25 Water to white vinegar solution with cotton balls to wipe the ears out every 1-2 days (no q tips!) and remove any debris and infection- Take a moist towel and put it in the freezer and apply to the ear or side of the face for relief of discomfort- If you have any previously prescribed pain medication for him then that can also provide relief as well orally- Please no over the counter ointments or salves which can put the tympanic membrane or inner ear at risk- You can use an oatmeal-based dog shampoo on the pinna or flap itself but make sure that this doesn't get into the ear canal. Apply to the affected area twice daily x 10 minutes before wiping off then taper as this heals/ resolves.I hope this makes sense and helps guide the treatment for your Shiba. If this is a moderate infection unfortunately it will require prescription topical medication to treat and hopefully allow this inflammation to resolve swiftly...Please let me know how else I can assist you both today!
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