How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Sophie-Vet Your Own Question

Sophie-Vet
Sophie-Vet, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 784
Experience:  Veterinary surgeon working in companion animal practice.
27746029
Type Your Vet Question Here...
Sophie-Vet is online now

Hi, my springer spaniel is 11yr old and has a big lump in his

Customer Question

Hi, my springer spaniel is 11yr old and has a big lump in his lymphoid gland he has a ear infection and has been treated with antibiocs and sterriods for the last 7 weeks, he seems 2 be getting no better, help please
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Sophie-Vet replied 3 years ago.

Sophie-Vet :

Hi there, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a registered veterinarian and I would like to try to help you.

Sophie-Vet :

I am sorry to hear your dog has a bad ear infection, they are often really painful. Has your vet tested the ears at all?

Sophie-Vet :

I will wait online and hopefully we can chat soon.

Customer: Yes the vet said an lnner ear infection. He has been prescribed the same medication which has not really helped him. He is a totally different dog whereby he is very lethargic compared to 2\3 months ago. With regards XXXXX XXXXX lumps, would it be better to get him put to sleep. Its just that I don't want to see my dog in pain.
Sophie-Vet :

Well the lumps you describe could well be reactive lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are glands where the body deals with infection and usually once the infection is resolved the lumps will return in normal. There are some circumstances where this is not true, like infections with cancer.

Sophie-Vet :

Ear infections do not always respond to first line treatment and in cases where we suspect the bacteria may be resistant it is really important to get a sample of the discharge of ear. This can be examined under the microscope to determine what kind of infection we are treating as often hard to treat infections can be mixed infections with yeast, bacteria or fungus.

Sophie-Vet :

It also means the bacteria can be grown in the laboratory and cultured to test it against different antibiotics and determine the most effective treatment. Ear infections are rarely a cause for euthanasia. In very severe infections your pet may need an ear flush (like syringing the ears) to remove some of the debris in the ear canal and in very rare cases the ear canal can be surgically removed to treat persistent or recurring infections.

Sophie-Vet :

I'm sorry I was not online earlier. I have a sick dog at the moment. I hope that this information will help you to get an overall picture of how ear infections are usually treated and allow you to discuss a good treatment plan with your veterinarian.

Sophie-Vet :

If you want any more information at all please do not hesitate to reply (it's free to follow up!) and I am always happy to help.

Sophie-Vet :

I wish you all the best with Louis

Sophie-Vet, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 784
Experience: Veterinary surgeon working in companion animal practice.
Sophie-Vet and other Vet Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I have been back to the vet who has recommended Louis has an operation on his ear. They said they will go just past the ear drum and make an incision. How much is this type of operation likely to cost and what will happen if he doesn't have the op?
Expert:  Sophie-Vet replied 3 years ago.
Hey there, glad to hear from you. I am UK based, but here in the UK this op would cost perhaps £1500 with aftercare etc or approx. $2400. Howver it could be significantly cheaper if you don't need culture tests or the op is not a complete 'TECA - total ear canal ablation'. It will depend on the severity and therefore the anaesthetic drugs needed and the time in theatre.
Expert:  Sophie-Vet replied 3 years ago.
Does this help at all? Hope so. Sophie

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
< Previous | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr Scott Nimmo

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    135
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Dr Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    135
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    2572
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1840
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    865
    15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrRalston/2011-10-18_1611_Vet.64x64.JPG DrRalston's Avatar

    DrRalston

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    169
    Over twelve years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetdeb/Debbie Headshot 500.64x64.jpg Dr. Deb's Avatar

    Dr. Deb

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    103
    I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PE/petdoctor09/2011-12-14_51529_Picture1.64x64.jpg petdoctor09's Avatar

    petdoctor09

    Board Certified Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    72
    Veterinarian, General Practitioner
 
 
 

Related Vet Questions