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Old 12-06-2017, 06:07 PM
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Jr is shaking his head (not constantly)
I cleaned his ears on Sunday and when I cleaned his right ear he started crying/ whining. Most likely because there was some discomfort and probably was a bit itchy. But it doesn't smell bad or seem to bother him too much.
He's had this before and the vet gave him ear wash and drops and it went away. The vet said there was a possibility of it happening again.
Anyways I told my mom and she wants to get him in this Saturday. I told her maybe.
I personally think he can wait a bit longer as in it's not as bad as last time. Especially with it being December (money is very tight)
I don't know what I should do.
As part of me feels like a bad pet owner for thinking he should wait.
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:54 AM
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Ari, the vet gave him ear wash and drops. Can you use those? Did you use them up? If he is shaking him head, his ear is bothering him. The dog has a 'L' shaped ear, so that if you 'clean' them, you can't get to the ear drum itself. Which is good. Why were you 'cleaning' his ears? I don't touch my dogs ears unless there is a problem. My five year old has never had her ears cleaned professionally. There should be a clear wax or a slight yellowish tint to the wax. If you 'wash' your dogs ears, you actually may be setting up a problem. The 'normal' flora might be disturbed. Again I'm NOT a vet, just a woman that has has dogs for 65 years!
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Old 12-07-2017, 02:19 PM
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I cleaned his ears because I noticed he started shaking his head a little too much (than normal) I used normal ear wash and noticed that when I cleaned his right ear her started whining and after shook his head. But I didn't notice anything "abnormal" I know last time one ear was "worse" and it might have been the right.
I grabbed a Q Tip this morning and cleaned the right ear a bit (just the outter parts) and the same reaction, whining. More than when I did it on the left.
But his "gunk" is like blackish brown. Definitely not yellow or clear.
Last time he actually had blood but not this time thankfully.
I was also thinking I'd finally get a weight on him and ask if he's "too" chunky. Which isn't really worth an exam fee but I might as well just ask if he does go.
Its like I'm trying to talk myself into I'm overreacting lol
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Old 12-07-2017, 03:47 PM
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Ari, IF he has blackish/brown stuff in his ear, this does warrant a vet visit. It is likely an infection or could be ear mites. Hopefully the vet will take a sample and put it under the microscope to see if he/she can see any mites. These are more likely in cats, but can occur in dogs too. You are NOT overreacting! I know how hard it is to come up with vet fees as I live on social security. I just finished paying off my vet for my dogs dental. I have awesome vet/s
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:54 PM
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They did the sample thing last time, which I'm sure they will do again. I also want to ask if there's a specific ear wash they recommend that could minimalize (his ear problem) because in a couple of months he's going to get allergies and that's when he got them last time. But I have a feeling I'll be told any ear wash. I can also take the opportunity to ask him about the allergy supplement I bought for him and if it's okay to give while on Benadryl. The only thing is they get you in and out very quickly and I don't want to get the vet "mad" with so many questions but I'm paying the exam fee just like everyone else lol
Yes fees suck when you don't have a endless supply of money so to speak.
You never clean your dogs ears??
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:45 AM
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I have not cleaned my dogs ears for a very long time. One of my longhair chi's got mauled and bitten by the neighbors 2 jack russells years ago. The vet found an infection deep in that ear that hadn't made her miserable yet. I did not charge the guy next door for the return visit to check on the ear. Almost thankful that the mauling made him check her ears.! Aside from that, no I just check them when I am petting and cuddling them. So far no need. (they are house dogs, so don't go outside)
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:46 AM
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Ari, the other thing I would do, is write your questions down and maybe hand them to the vet and say "I get kind of forgetful when I come, so I wrote my questions down'. He/she should NOT get mad at your questions.
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:19 PM
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That's interesting. I don't have a "schedule" for ear cleaning but I do it once in a while.
I plan on writing them down on my phone (notes) so I can just have them on hand but thanks for the tip.
I found the ear wash they gave him last night. I put it in his ear and he didn't whine like with the other ear wash. If anything I'm sure it felt good as it has aloe vera.It's very little but I'm hoping it'll be good since I'm catching it early and hasn't progressed.
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