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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? What medications has Cheyenne been on for the ear infection?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Do you know if the oral medication was an antibiotic? Did your veterinarian to a ear cytology to determine that there was no yeast in the ear.? Regarding an ear flush procedure this is typically a procedure I would do on dogs that are either difficult to clean their ears or there ears are to painful to clean while there are awake. I typically don't do the ear flush if they are not responding to a particular medication. You may want to ask your veterinarian about trying a different ear medication besides tresaderm before sedating. Also you want to know if there was an bacterial infection in the ear as well because she may need antibiotics if she hasn't been on them yet.
Basically it is a deep cleaning of the ear under sedation. Sometimes a special machine is used to provide the suction, other times a simple bulb syringe is used to remove debris from the ear. But typically I don't see that procedure performed for an irritated ear or ear infection unless several treatments with different medications have failed or the ears are challenging to clean either due to pain or temperament of the dog.
The procedure itself has minimal risks since it is just a deep ear cleansing. The sedation itself would be the main concern but if Cheyenne has bloodwork done and everything else looks good on her physical exam then the risks for problems with sedation can be low as well. It also depends on the type of sedation that is used. Many veterinarians use sedation that can be reversed which can be helpful with recovery.
You are welcome. Here is an example of the procedure on you tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTVzbk4E8ng
You are welcome. Sorry it wasn't pleasant to watch. As far as the head tilting. Usually because there is fluid in the ears due to infection or application of the medication it can give the feeling of a heaviness in the ear for Cheyenne make her tilt her head. This will resolve once the infection can be cleared up. As far as a hematoma developing that will depend on how frequent or aggressive she shakes her head. If she is doing this a lot then I would be concerned of a hematoma developing.