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My dogs ears are constantly smelly ..I bathed my dog last night

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My dogs ears are constantly smelly ..I bathed my dog last night and gave her ears a really good clean ..today they are starting to smell again already ..very sour smell as well ..advice please .Smiley is 3 nearly 4 year old Lasoapao
Nichole Robin
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today,.

Dr. Susan :

It sounds like Miley has otitis externa, which is an external ear infection.

Dr. Susan :

Ear cleaning is a good start to remove discharge, but with an active infection she will continue to produce more discharge rapidly.

Dr. Susan :

The most important part of her treatment will be a topical antimicrobial.

Dr. Susan :

Ear infections in dogs can be due to yeast, bacteria, or both,

Dr. Susan :

The only way to determine this is with an ear cytology.

Dr. Susan :

That means she would need to be evaluated at your local vet. We then take a swab from her ears and look at the discharge under the microscope.

Dr. Susan :

Once we know what is causing the infection, we can choose a proper medication to treat the infection.

Dr. Susan :

Has she ever had an ear infection before?

Customer:

She seems to be very itchy in the right ear mostly ..I feel that's the stronger smelly ear

Customer:

This has been going on for a while now

Dr. Susan :

Does it smell yeasty?

Customer:

Not sure to me like sour milk

Customer:

Sorry don't know yeasts

Dr. Susan :

OK, it's not terribly accurate to diagnose infection based on smell, but I am concerned that she has a bacterial component.

Dr. Susan :

(Yeast is similar to bread dough)

Dr. Susan :

If it were a yeasty smell, there are some over the counter products we could try.

Dr. Susan :

Unfortunately, for a bacterial infection, it would be best to get a prescription medication from your vet instead.

Customer:

Ok would like to try anything please ..so isn't eating that great

Dr. Susan :

You can use a 50:50 mixture of vinegar and water to clean. This acidifies and makes the ear less hospitable to bacterial growth.

Customer:

Are her ears meant to feel hot ..or warm to touch ?

Dr. Susan :

Aside from that, I still think you will need to make an appointment for her with her regular vet.

Dr. Susan :

Well they should be warm, but not hot.

Dr. Susan :

If they are hot, it may be due to inflammation from the infection.

Customer:

Yes will do that as soon as

Customer:

Ok ..thank you so much will get our we soul looked at :))

Dr. Susan :

You're welcome! Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.

Customer:

That's fab going to give her a wee clean the now

Dr. Susan :

Sounds good. I'll try to check in with you in a few days and see how she is feeling.

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