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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog, a small poodle has an ear problem. he's had 2

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my dog, a small poodle has an ear problem. he's had 2 different types of meds. one for yeast infection and a cortisone based drops. none have really helped. we've been dealing with it for 4 months
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

If Stevie's ear cytology (microscopic exam for abnormal numbers of bacteria and yeast) hasn't been performed and his ear canal hasn't been cultured to find out which infectious agents are present and which antibiotics are the best to administer, these diagnostics need to be performed at this point. If his vet in unable or unwilling to perform these simple tests, you'll need to find a vet who is.

We do have cases in which ear infection arises secondary to allergic dermatitis. In these cases the ears are termed "reactive" rather primarily infected and they might need to be treated indefinitely rather than cured. This is done by thoroughly irrigating the ear(s) at home with an over the counter ear wash or one prescribed by Stevie's vet and then packing the ears with a broad spectrum otic ointment containing an antibacterial, antifungal/yeast, and antiinflammatory drug once or twice weekly as need be.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.