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Ear, dog, It has been going on for months that she has had a

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Ear
JA: What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: dog
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: It has been going on for months that she has had a bad ear. It has been put down to allergies but I would like a second opinion
JA: I'm so sorry to hear that. Let me get you the Vet right away. Before I do, is there anything else you'd like me to share?
Customer: No
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for her.

What breed is she?

What are her specific signs?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
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Customer: replied 15 days ago.
She is a Cockapoo. The last time we went to the vets was 28th feb. She has been shaking her head since then. We have tried changing her food
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
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Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Thank you.

She certainly has an ear infection.

These can have many triggers, with allergies being the most common.

Cockapoos are prone to allergies.

If she also e.g. rubs her face, licks her paws or has pink skin, allergies are very likely indeed.

Did the vet swab the ear and look under the microscope?

Did her signs improve temporarily?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
they did both. They said her ear looked clear and no infection. That was back in February.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

And did the ear look similar back then?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Not as today no. It looked fine then but she was constantly shaking her head
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Ok, understood, thank you.

So the most likely explanation here is that her underlying allergies has led to an ear infection.

The warm weather may have precipitated it, as may have any episodes where she got it wet (swimming, bath etc.)

Given the appearance today, it is very important she sees a vet promptly.

They will re-swab it to determine if mites, bacteria or yeast are present.

We can then tailor her drops to her and she'll also benefit from anti inflammatories.

The ear can thoroughly clean away all of the brown wax so the drops will work best.

Unfortunately those prone to infections can get several a year, especially when they have floppy ears like her.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I have just checked with my usual vet and the only appointment time today I am unable to make. They don’t have anything after work. Do you think it is ok to leave until tomorrow?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Is she happy on her walks and eating?

Has she been whining/crying or unsettled?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
all fine. No crying or unsettled. She’s no different today than she has been for the last couple of months. It’s just I saw it and thought oh.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Understood, sure.

In this case, waiting until tomorrow is fine.

This window will remain open so you can check back in if there is anything else.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
I just want to check, is there any permanent damage if allergies are left untreated as we are really struggling to find what it is.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

It is important we treat flare up as they occur. So very itchy skin would require anti itch medicine, infected ears should be treated promptly etc.

However, we don't always find out what the allergy is to and we can never cure allergies; just manage them.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Also, I have some ear clean solution the vet gave us. Would that be worth using?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Yes, we should remove as much wax as possible to improve ventilation and keep her comfortable.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
No problem. If it is dust mites would that affect us?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Ear mites (different to dust mites) cannot affect humans, no.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Hi. Just wanted to check with the ear cleaner do you just wipe the excess?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
I use cotton wool to soak up any excess; we want the canal to br dry after.
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
We don’t have any cotton wool so used tissue to give it a wipe over.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

That is fine.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
it is ok if some is left?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Remove as much as you can, the rest will absorb or be shaken out.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Hi. I have noticed my dog has this spot on her lip.
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
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Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Hi there.

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Thank you.