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Re: Ear Infection

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  August 08, 2001 at 18:41:54

In Reply to: Ear Infection
Posted by:  David Heath
Posted on:  August 08, 2001 at 00:17:46


: We are having reoccuring ear infection with our Jack Russell. We have taken him to the vet 3 times and has been treated with medication in the ear canal. The infections are occuring within a couple of weeks between each one. The infection is only in one ear. We are concerned that he could become deaf. Are these type of infections common? Any recommendations?

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Hi David,

As you can understand, none of us are vets so we can't really say much as far as medical problems go.

However, I do know that ear infections can be difficult to clear up and it is imperative that you treat the ear for the entire length of time prescribed.

Many times people will stop treatment when the dog doesn't appear to be having problems, then what happens is the condition flares up again.

An ear infection, if not properly treated can become serious, with other consequences other than deafness. I have been lucky with the dogs I have that I have not had any ear problems with either one of them.

That being said I always check their ears anyway. One sign of an ear problem will be a lot of black gunk and a bad smell coming from their ears. A healthy ear should look and smell clean.

My only other suggestion than the one to make sure you finish treatment is you might have to have a specialist recommended.

Good Luck!

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