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Cocker Spaniel: My 9-year..bilateral total ear canal ablation

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My 9-year old Cocker Spaniel has been diagnosed with Bacterial Otitis Externa and end stage otitis, the vet wants to do a bilateral total ear canal ablation on both ears. This seems very extreme to me. Is there any other thing that can be done? Plese help me with this one. She has had ear infections on and off all her life. She is in excellent health other than her ears. She is my whole life and I am very upset about this. We had a BAER hearing test done at Ohio State University and they say she is completely deaf, but she does seem to hear me at times. I am used to talking to her constantly and can't imagine not being able to telll her I love her. I will pay whatever you feel is fair as I have no knowledge of what you would charge.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

 In my opinion the best gift to give this dog is the surgery. She is deaf...but there is still all the pain one can imagine. Chronic ear infections have probably caused her pain for years...as well as the struggle for you to medicate.


Having the surgery performed, even though the first few days will be hard...is giving her a new lease on life.  I am AMAZED at the youthful life a cocker has after these sources of chronic infection and pain are removed.  Chronic pain is horrible for a person to live with...and for dogs too.


Please embrace this option...you will not regret the decision by 1-2 weeks post op when your dog has a new zest for life, and that worry is gone from yours!


Dr.Vamvakias

 
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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vamvakias's Post: Thank you so much for your help. I felt the answer was very kind and encouraging. thank you.
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.
You are welcome. Let me know how it goes!

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