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I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for her.
What breed is she?
What are her specific signs?
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?
Thank you, ok.
And did the ear look similar back then?
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.
Is she happy on her walks and eating?
Has she been whining/crying or unsettled?
In this case, waiting until tomorrow is fine.
This window will remain open so you can check back in if there is anything else.
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.
Yes, we should remove as much wax as possible to improve ventilation and keep her comfortable.
Ear mites (different to dust mites) cannot affect humans, no.
That is fine.
Remove as much as you can, the rest will absorb or be shaken out.
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