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It was not noticeable; no smell, no "oogies" that I could see.
But when she went for her physical, the vet showed me (via otoscope) that something was happening way down in her ear canal. (black oogies)

she's on drops. I wanted to do purple stuff, but we'll try the Otomax he prescribed.

My question....do you guys have an otoscope for your dogs? I just ordered one. I really want to catch an ear infection before it gets full blown.
 

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Oogies!! LOL!

Linda, what does it look like down the otoscope?? Black gungies? Does the canal get really red and swollen??

No otoscope here... though I'd love to have a stethescope to listen to Henery's heartbeat!!
 

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Oogies!! LOL!

Linda, what does it look like down the otoscope?? Black gungies? Does the canal get really red and swollen??

No otoscope here... though I'd love to have a stethescope to listen to Henery's heartbeat!!
Felicia, it's a long canal into the ear and I could see little black oogie balls way at the bottom. No redness or swelling, just black gunk.. Once in a while, the gunk would surface to her outer ear, so I'd just clean w/q-tips. We looked at her right ear and it was really clean, no oogs in there.

I wonder if her ear infection just started because there was no smell. (I smell her ears every night.)

Anyhows, I thought an otoscope would be a good thing. My sister's dog always has ear issues, and I wish to catch Zoe's before it gets bad.

(if I had a stethoscope, I wouldn't know what to listen for...please educate me) Thanks
 

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I'm sure you already know this but I have to say :)

Always be sure to clean the otoscope attachment before putting it into her other ear! That's a good way to transfer those oogies from the bad to the good. Using a q-tip or gauze with alcohol on it works best for us.

Sounds like you have a cool vet too - and that Zoe was a very good girl to let that thing stay in her ear so long!
 

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zoesmom said:
It was not noticeable; no smell, no "oogies" that I could see.
But when she went for her physical, the vet showed me (via otoscope) that something was happening way down in her ear canal. (black oogies)

she's on drops. I wanted to do purple stuff, but we'll try the Otomax he prescribed.

My question....do you guys have an otoscope for your dogs? I just ordered one. I really want to catch an ear infection before it gets full blown.
I never thought of the otoscope! I work in an ENT office, so I suppose I could bring one home anytime and look at Rhys and Ruby's oogies!

On a side note, I used to work for an OB, but he retired :( but on a :) note, he gave me his fetal doppler, which I am using every night on Ruby now, so that when she has widdles in her belly I can listen without freaking her out...and I can try to guess how many! :)
 

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yellojakesmom said:
I'm sure you already know this but I have to say :)

Always be sure to clean the otoscope attachment before putting it into her other ear! That's a good way to transfer those oogies from the bad to the good. Using a q-tip or gauze with alcohol on it works best for us.

Sounds like you have a cool vet too - and that Zoe was a very good girl to let that thing stay in her ear so long!
Actually I didn't know... so thanks for the tip!!

(yes, Zoe is pretty good about being "checked" we started this check-check thing since she was 8 weeks old...)
 

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No problem :)

The people I work with think I have a clean ear fetish, since whenever we have a dog or cat sedated I'm in there with the otoscope, ear cleanser and cotton - it's just such a handy tool, enjoy yours!
 

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I didn't think about getting a doggie one. I just went to Walgreens and bought a human otoscope for under $10 and it works fine. Cinnamon had a series of yeast infections when I switched her food as a pup to Nutro. I know a lot of dogs here eat it with no problem but it didn't agree with her.

Now what I wouldn't be without is a bottle of Zymox (order on line). My cousin who is a vet in VT sent me 2 bottles when Cinnamon's ear infection kept coming back. Told me it cleared up about 2/3 of the chronic ear problems in her practice. It is an enzyme that eats the gunk. I smell Cinnamon's ears each night and check them visually every few days if I smell a yeasty smell or see brown/black gunk (that isn't dirt as she loves to dig) I put Zymox in for 3 days. No problems since.

Hope Zoe's ears clear up. Otomax didn't work on hers it took an oral drug and another ear drop per the vet. I think it was because I took her off the food.
 

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I'm so jealous of Zoe's good beahviour. Chuckle really hates having his ears touched. I hope it all clears up quickly!
 
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