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Hello this is Dr. Holloway but you can call me Dr. H, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I understand that your pet Chanin is scratching her ear constantly. This is usually a sign of an ear infection. Is there any discharge inside the ear that you can see? Any redness or scaling?
- Dr. H
Scales or flakes. Sort of like this.
The scales can also be white and flaky
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Ok redness indicates she may have an infection deeper in the ear canal that is not visible on the outside with a special instrument (ophthalmoscope).
What have you been using to clean the ears?
Yes that definitely looks like what I suspected. There is an infection deeper in the ear canal. You can tell by the rough appearance of the ear canal and the redness. She needs topical ear medication to clear this up. It is likely a yeast infection inside the ear canal based on how itchy it is. Unfortunately you will have to visit a local vet to acquire the medication she needs, because there are no over the counter ear medications available for pets or people.
Yeast ear infections are usually caused by moisture getting inside the ear. Typically after a recent bath. Also another common cause, if she keeps on getting ear infections and they appear chronic, is an underlying thyroid issue.
Are you using a pet formulated ear cleaner? These can help ease some of the discomfort until you can get Chanin in to your vet. Especially if it is anti-fungal/anti-bacterial.
I would definitely recommend stopping the Vaseline. It won't help here and can make it worse because it traps moisture.
Oh I assumed you had an ear cleaner because you said you have been cleaning the ears.
The medication that is needed is dependent on what an ear cytology shows, but typically we go with both an anti-bacterial/antifungal medication such as Tresaderm, Remicin, Ottomax, Mometamaxx. Gosh there are so many prescription choices to choose from on the market right now. It really just depends on what is available through your vet but those are some of the common ones used.
Ear cleaner is also variable on what is available, but a combined anti-fungal antibacterial one is best, ***** ***** Epi-Otic, Duoxo micellar, etc.
For an ear infection this itchy you are best going with both a ear cleanser AND ear medication combination to knock this out. - Dr. H
Is there anything else I can assist you with today concerning Chanin?
You are most welcome. Best of luck with Chanin and her ear issues. Take care now! : )
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