Cookie’s Ears Are Still Not Happy

Since the vet found some suspicious wax build up during a routine exam, we were cleaning Cookie’s ears daily. We did that religiously for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, after some initial bumps on the road, Cookie is doing well with it.

Cookie's Ears Are Still Not Happy

We were hoping that after all this, the ears would get happy and we get a green light to cleaning them only weekly or so.

Cookie’s ears are not smelly, there is no tell-tale head shaking or scratching of the ears. In other words, they don’t seem to be bothering her at all.

And yet, they seem to continue on being unhappy.

On the checkup visit, they appeared redder, and skin more cobblestone in appearance than the last visit. Which means, something is still going on in there and the ear cleaner is not aggressive enough to deal with it.

Ear cleaner got exchanged for medicated drops.

Even though this treatment is done twice a day, Cookie seems to like the drops better, probably because there is not as much liquid going into her ears with this treatment. Ten drops only.

We’re all hoping that this will take care of that.

We definitely want to avoid things progressing to a serious ear infection.

The original theory that it’s being caused by the way Cookie and JD play was dumped. The present theory is allergies, hopefully seasonal.

We also upped Cookie’s omega-3 intake, to decrease inflammation in general.

Is it possible that unhappy ears are caused by seasonal allergies? Certainly. I wonder about something else, though. After we got her, and her foot issues resolved, Cookie needed to get caught up on vaccinations.

She was behind on her rabies vaccine, and that had to be done as soon as possible.

Given her lifestyle, she also got a lepto vaccine.

We did wait a month in between, but I am wondering if her immune system got agitated and is taking it out on the ears now.

I think it’s definitely something to be watching out for.

Her present treatment needs to continue for two weeks and then we’ll see whether things get cleared up. Cookie was put on Surolan drops, which are antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Hopefully, we’re looking at a one-time event.

Cookie’s new diet, consisting of mostly combination of home-cooked and freeze-dried raw should not be conducive to such problems. Perhaps she even hasn’t been on it long enough to make a difference. We shall see.

Testifies in favor of regular exams, though. 

It is better to catch things before they become a real problem.

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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