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Both ears are swollen on my pittbull

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both ears are swollen on my pittbull
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.
Are there like bubbles on the ear flaps?
If not what part of the ear is swollen?
Is she scratching her ears?
Is there any discharge from the ear?
Is she shaking her head?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi again,
I was hoping to get a response back before giving you an answer, but I don't want you to go without an answer.
If it is the flaps of the ears that are swollen, this is called a hematoma. This occurs frequently in dogs with floppy ears and usually is caused by excessive scratching. If left untreated, the body will generally absorb the fluid between the ears, but this can result in a cauliflower ear appearance. Your Vet will lance it, drain the fluid and bandage the ear.
To read more about hematomas, go here:
http://www.2ndchance.info/hematoma.htm
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2091&aid=1591
This site is very helpful concerning treatment methods and does goes into detail on possible draining of the hematoma. .
http://www.cliniciansbrief.com/article/surgical-treatment-aural-hematoma?96m5sri9MY
If there is a discharge in the ear that is a golden brown color then you may be dealing with an ear infection. It is probably a yeast or bacterial infection. You can use a mixture of distilled vinegar, water and alcohol on a cotton ball to gently clean the ear
In a yeast infection, you will see a golden to black buildup in the ear. You may also notice redness and bleeding, head shaking and your dog scratching the ear as well. You can try some miconazole cream to see if it helps until you can get in to see the Vet, but it isn’t a cure for underlying condition
You will have to have your vet look at it and determine if it is fungal or bacterial in nature so the appropriate medication can be given. Ear infections are not pleasant for your dog and I hope you can get him seen soon.
The following site has a recipe for a home remedy that may provide some relief though I recommend visiting the vet for medication.
http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/ears.html
Zymox with cortisone has been used by some experts to clear ear infections as well. You can read about it here:
http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Zymox.html
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.