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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? Just to be clear what you are asking, are you asking if it is worth it for Molly to have the surgery? How long as Molly had problems with her ear?
Hello thanks for the additional information. Sorry to hear about Molly struggle with her ear infections. Sounds like she has a pretty chronic ear infection which has caused the ears to close over time. Unfortunately this is all too common in Cocker Spaniels due to their conformation of their ears so the surgery is often required to provide any pain relief when the ears are that severe. So as far as if the surgery will help her, if she is in pain, it will help remove the source of pain. But it is a very invasive surgery which involves removing part of the ear which will leave her completely deaf. Risks include possible nerve damage and bleeding. So it is important that the surgery is performed by someone who is very experienced. Unfortunately it is a very expensive surgery because of the expertise required for it. There are organizations that may be able to help with the surgery after you get an estimate from a surgeon. Here are a list of some organizations that your sister can try contact for financial assistance. Assistance Dog Partners
American Animal Hospital Associationwww.aahahelpingpets.org
Angels 4 Animalswww.angels4animals.org
Brown Dog Foundationwww.browndogfoundation.org
Shakespeare Animal Fundwww.shakespeareanimalfund.org
Hopefully this helps