Mon, Mar 25, 2024

Left ear has been bothering him for a few weeks now. Scratching and shaking his head alot also had a bad smell and alot of dark brown to black discharge inside his ear. Got him ear drops and wipes. He has stopped scratching and shaking his head pretty and there isn't a smell anymore but there is still alot of discharge and build up in his ear.

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This is common in dogs and can be caused by a variety of factors including bacteria, yeast, ear mites, allergies, or foreign bodies.

Since the bad smell and the scratching have subsided after using ear drops and wipes, it seems that the initial treatment has been partially effective. However, the continued presence of discharge indicates that the infection may not be fully resolved. It's important to continue cleaning the ear with the wipes as directed, but you may need a different medication to address the underlying cause of the discharge.

Maintain regular ear cleaning with the wipes to prevent buildup of discharge. Ensure the ear drops you're using are appropriate for the type of infection; different drops target different organisms. Keep the ear dry and clean to prevent further infection. Avoid water entering the ear during baths or swimming.

Be alert for signs that the infection may be worsening or spreading, such as:

- Redness or swelling in the ear
- Loss of balance or coordination, which could indicate the infection has spread to the inner ear
- A return of the bad smell or increased scratching and head shaking
- Any changes in appetite or behavior

If you notice any of these signs, or if the discharge does not start to clear up with continued treatment, it's important to seek further veterinary care. A vet can take a sample of the ear discharge to determine the exact cause of the infection and prescribe a more targeted treatment, which may include oral antibiotics or antifungals, stronger ear drops, or other medications.

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