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Before I committed to regular ear washings under GA, I would get a second opinion, with a specialist if you can.
If the ear drum is intact, I would try topical drops for reducing inflammation ( I like one called Synotic; don't know if you have that in the UK. )
And topical antibiotics effective against Pseudomonas, like enrofloxacin drops.
She can have concurrent steroids and antibiotics.
How do I find a canine ear specialist? Added to this, we are moving 300miles away in about 10days.
You can ask for a referral for a veterinary dermatologist.
There are no veterinary ear specialists that I know of, but a dermatologist would usually treat ear problems.
I as my present vet for this information? Or should I wait and ask my new vet once we have moved house?
Your new vet may be best able to recommend the closest specialist.
I already phoned them and have Darcy booked in to see them on the 22nd this month
But even a fresh opinion by your new vet would be a good place to start.
You are a very proactive dog owner! Already a new vet before you move!
I have Darcy booked in for her first ear washout this Thursday
Should I cancel it?
A good cleaning under anesthesia is a good idea. But, waiting to get the opinion of your new vet might be worth waiting for.
If you have medication to treat her until the 22nd.
Because my present vet scared me, I was always going to get a second opinion
Then start there. Don't have a vet that scares you treat your dog!
And now with you, that's a 3rd opinion as well
I could be of more help, if I could see the ear, and use an otoscope.
I just know there is no just one way to treat her.
You know what YAHOO stands for, where the search engine came up with the name? You Always Have Other Options.
I have oral antibiotics for Darcy for 10 days, started yesterday evenig
Do you have topical antibiotics, and anti inflammatory medication?
I just don't see oral medication getting into the ear well.
The antibiotics are called Baytril = 50mg Enrofloxacin
nothing topical was given to me, or even offered!
That is good for Pseudomona.
Better to use Baytril Otic. It has enrofloxacin, as well as anti inflammatory medication and silver.
But, if the ear canal is swollen shut or the ear drum is not intact, it may not be best.
You definitely need something for inflammation. Infected ears are always inflamed, and usually ear infections are secondary to another problem like allergies.
Vet said the strength of topical antibiotics that was needed to fight the pseudomonas would be toxic to Darcy's inner ear
Darcy should be tested for hypothryoidism as well.
But oral antibiotics get into the blood stream, and the ear canal is not really infused by a blood supply.
Just my opinion.
I know! I'm a qualified nurse and I work in the Operating department/Recovery Room of the local hospital
I would treat the ear as directed, ask for topical anti inflammatory and/or oral medication, and get the second opinion before putting her under anesthesia.
My vet did look into her ear canal but didn't say anything about it being stenosed, rendering it unable to be used for getting the antibiotics in
If the ear canal is not stenotic, and the ear drum is intact, I would be using topical medication before going to something as expensive as oral Baytril, myself.
OK. Shall I keep her on the oral Baytril and ask my new vet what he thinks? Or should I ask him for the topical steroids and antibiotics, if her ear canal can manage them?
I would ask about topical medication, to use until you move and get established with the new vet. Explain you do not want the GA procedure before you more.
If he won't give you the topical meds, at least ask for pain/ anti inflammatory medication.
OK, I will call then tomorrow nd tell then just that and ask for the topical steroids and antibiotics
ok, I will do that.
Good luck with your new vet.
Do I also continue with her oral Baytril?
I would, if you have started it.
ok, I will do all that you have suggested
Darcy and I Thank you so very much for your help
You are welcome.
I will be checking back with you to see how it is going.
You have really put my mind at rest
I am so glad to hear that1
Thanks again! Jane and Darcy xxxx