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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years. I am so sorry to hear your girl is feeling poorly.
Can you tell me do you have any Cats in the home or is she an only pet?
Is she tilting her head to one side or the other?
Thank-you. This very well could be an ear infection, but since you have cats around I am also concerned about Ear mites which are contagious and can leave the debris you are describing. In this case I do not recommend over the counter ear drops. She should be seen by her Vet for a Prescription treatment and possibly an oral antibiotic if needed. If the infections goes too far into the ear it can affect her Vestibular area which will though her off balance as well as cause her nausea. The ears are a sensitive area and I urge owner when they feel there is an ear infection present to have their pet seen. If there are ear mites along with the infection that would take a separate treatment. Most likely the Vet would flush the ears to get a good look at them and treat accordingly.
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Ear mites can be left in the yard where she goes out and she can pick them up. It may just be an ear infection , but I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to the ears. As I mentioned the infection if bad can get into the Vestibular area which is in the middle ear and we see Vetrigo in dogs, nystagmus and nausea. It causes simiar to our sea sickness. Most of the over the counter medication do not touch infections in the ears because of the type of bacteria needs to be addressed.
This is what we see with Ear Mites:
Excessive scratching and rubbing of ears, Head shaking, Black or brown waxy secretion, Strong odor,
Inflammation in the ear and it can cause Obstruction of ear canal with coffee ground-like discharge. As I said it could very well be an infection, but it could also be both.
Vet visits vary from state to state and depending what they do. The first thing would be an exam and to assess wht is going on and a Otoscope is used to look in the ear. Depending what they see, drops. cleaning the ears, flushing the ear and an antibiotic are all possible. Where I am if just an office visit and ear treatment $100+ medication, but if the have to flush the ear and do further treatment it will be more.
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