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Old 10-15-2011, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What's in her ear? Brown spots (pic included)

My 8 month old has had some pinkness in her one ear about about a week now. Last night I decided to shine a light in and also saw some brown spots. Is this dirt or something worse? I have a vet appointment for Monday...any advice on what this is and if there's anything I can help in the meantime?

They are suggesting some damp cotton balls for now.

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Old 10-15-2011, 10:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check for ear mites.
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Check for ear mites.
Is that what the pic infers?

Is there a way to do anything about this prior to the vet visit? It looks like the brown spots are relatively deep down, so I'm not sure if using cotton balls will do anything.
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Is it just skin spotting?.....or does the brown spotting come off when wiping?
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It looks like it would come off...kinda looks like it would be a wet/wax like texture. I haven't tried it yet since it looks a little deep in there.

Vet appt is monday, so I'm wondering if it's harmful enough that I need to do something about it now, or do I just wait.

I'm guessing as it doesn't seem to bother her, it should be relatively minor.

How sensitive are their ears? Even if I did take a cotton ball to her ear, could I damage anything?
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NO...take a cotton ball and clean what you can see.
Do you have any ear cleaner?.....you can "squish" some into the ear.....and wipe clean.
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It's primarily wax, but her ears seem a bit greasy. What food is this dog eating?
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She's eating Proplan Sensitive Skin and Stomach (Salmon). Her other ear looks nice and white from what I can see...

I'll try wiping it down with some cotton pads and see how much comes off.
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Does she have allergies to chicken?

Is there little raw spots or is that just the lighting?
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She is getting an ear infection. Probably due to yeast. Could be due to mites or bacteria. If it was my dog, I would put the animox(?) ointment in it for three days and give some cephalexin. But for both of these you need to go to the vet. The ointment covers four things, mites, yeast, bacteria and something else. But they generally do culture the ear and look at it under the microscope to be sure what is going on with the ear.

I think you are fine waiting until Monday, but do not put it off beyond that. The ear can swell up and be painful, the dog will paw at it with her claws, and shake her head. That could cause a hematoma in the ear which can break the cartilage so the ear won't stand any more. So this is not something to put off too long. Right now it seems a little red and has some dried blood/substance. If it becomes very red and swelled up, it will be harder to get the medicine down in there, and it will be painful, at that point they will probably want to give her a shot to reduce the swelling as well.

After you finish the ointment/antibiotics given by the vet, you will want to wash the ears out twice per week regularly, with something that will dry the ear canal. Some of the ear cleaners keep the canal moist and that is the perfect atmosphere for things to grow in. Better to ask the vet to recommend a good ear flush and use it religiously, two days a week, Wednesday and Saturday -- something like that.

Ear infections are a pain, but you can manage them. There is some indication that certain types of grains may be indicated in increased incidents of ear infections.
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