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Did they take a swab of his ear to look under the microscope and determine if this was yeast, bacteria or a mixture?
Did they prescribe any ear cleaner and/or medication to place in the ear?
Thanks for the information. It sounds like he probably needs to be on steroids (prednisone) instead of Apoquel now. It will help to control the inflammation and swelling better. Apoquel is a good medication to treat allergies for short term and long term use, but it won't help the swelling and pain as much as prednisone. In reality, you will have a difficult time treating an ear infection without using something topical to place in the ear. The oral antibiotics cannot reach the entirety of the infection. Plus, the topical medications usually have a steroid in it. If they do, that may help to get some comfort for tonight, but I would get him back to your vet to start prednisone instead and even start him off with a dexamethasone injection to give more immediate comfort. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Hello. I was just following up to see how Tucker is doing and to see if you have further questions.