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I am so sorry Lessi has this going on with her ears. It is concerning because there are multiple causes of the changes to the tips of her ears that require treatment or can progress to more serious issues. For example, a thyroid condition, an immune mediated condition, or even a heart issue can cause these changes and the flies are attracted by the smell (even if not noticeable to you) that means a meal/ feeding for themSo I would strongly urge a veterinary exam to rule out the potential causes of this change and hopefully begin appropriate therapy and minimize risk of progression to ear damage but also overall health issues as this continuesPlease let me know how else I can assist you both today
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The areas need to be scrubbed and the debris, scabbing removed so it can heal. A topical would not be effective to get this resolved even if it is a localized infection. You can get the area moistened with a dog shampoo, for example an oatmeal based shampoo and leave it on for 10 minutes then use a moist towel to remove as much as you are able once it has soaked inIf needed you can use a 1% cortisone cream on the area in a thin layer after the scabbing is removed but my concern again is this is more systemic and not a topical issue. The ears have the least amount of blood supply and why frostbite effects them first so when there is an issue with blood supply (immune mediated, thyroid for example) it will be quickly effected by this process
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