Got any suggestions for a spaniel with ear troubles?
February 21, 2010 11:15 AM Subscribe
My springer spaniel gets recurrent ear infections. Three times in the past year, the vet has given him full anesthesia and cleaned out his ears, then given him a prescription for antibiotic ear drops for a week. Then the infection comes back a month or two later. Is there any other solution? Help.
posted by mygothlaundry to pets & animals (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My vet is nice, but the practice is pretty old fashioned and conservative. They say there is no alternative treatment, but I'm hoping there's something else out there. This is a surgery type procedure that means he has to spend the day at the vets, is put under and then they scrape his ears out. This was done last March, last September and then in mid December. This last go round, my poor dog was miserable for two days, disoriented and crying and obviously in pain. Despite the procedure and the drops, I don't think the infection ever quite went away although he was in less discomfort for a month or two. Now, it seems to be back again: he's shaking his head constantly and the other dogs keep licking his ears and looking worried.
I don't want to keep on putting my dog through this when it's clearly not working. Also, these ear treatments cost $300 a pop and even if I thought they were working, I just don't have the money right now. I have been googling and I keep coming across this site,
but I'm wary of squirting weird internet stuff into my dog's ears. Nevertheless, something has to be done. Have any of you had any luck with homemade spaniel ear cleaners? Is there anything over the counter that might help? Have you had some alternative treatment from your vet that's worked?