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can u give probiotics when she gets these meds?
Just did a quick answer earlier.
Having to go with a non dairy probiotic while she's on the meds. After she finishes them, I should be able to go back to the normal routine. Atleast that's the plan.
 

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Good news,
The results of the middle ear, culture only showed inflammatory fluid. So she will stay on the same antibiotics, and other meds for two more weeks. If it had shown bacteria, she would have had 5 weeks.
Her eardrum will be rechecked in two weeks.
If all is healed, and no infection present. Piggy will be released run, and play wherever she pleases.
Right now she has no restrictions on exercise, as long as no debris, or water could get in the ear. So it does cut down on the places I take her.
 
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Its been a long 5 months, but as of her vet check (ear culture) today Piggy's ear is now bacteria free. She has a once a week ear cleaner, just as a preventive.
YAY Piggy.
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Lots of good thoughts, prayers, stress, 5 months of treatment, and $2700. later has been more than worth it.
 

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Well, it's about time <G>. Glad to hear that it is finally resolved - what an ordeal for you.


When this first started, she was acting depressed. Was that because the ear was painful? Or something else? And is she her old self now?


I guess that there will be no more nutria diving for her now?
 

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She is a lot more like her old self. Steroids added about 10 lbs to her weight, so we are working on that. She is still not a fan of on leash walks since this started, so its off leash to get in some exercise.
I won't say she will never hunt nutria, although I would rather she not. She has ear cleaner that's once a week, or if she gets water in her ears.
Its for the rest of her life, and $15. a ounce, unless I can find a cheaper source.
 

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That is good news! What a relief for you and your dear Piggy. I don't know if it would be appropriate for your situation, but we use Zymox ear cleanser about weekly, and after Ernie swims. It's more economical than what you stated. Of course in the long run, using what works may be the less expensive option. Best wishes to you and your girl.
 

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Its HB101, its what some of the vets use to compound with a antibiotic, or anti fungal for ears. I have my regular vet seeing if he can order it for me at a cheaper price. I know the specialist has more overhead, and charges more for it.
I've looked online, and found close to the samething, but not exactly.
 

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Its been a long 5 months, but as of her vet check (ear culture) today Piggy's ear is now bacteria free. She has a once a week ear cleaner, just as a preventive.
YAY Piggy.
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Lots of good thoughts, prayers, stress, 5 months of treatment, and $2700. later has been more than worth it.
Well guess who went to the vet today for a ear infection?
Piggy ☹
Today would have been one year since her ear was bacteria free. My vet worked her in, so she could be seen today. He flushed, and packed her ear. Going to get her a appointment with the specialist for her recheck.
 

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Not cool, hopefully this time she can recover quicker. I am wondering whether it has anything to do with the season just because of the timing of resurfacing?
 

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Her vet thinks seasonal allergies are a possibility.
She's been taking Claritin for a while now, but it may not be working for her any longer. Switched her over to Zyrtec today. I am just glad the vet moved things around, so she could be seen this morning. One day he is going to have to paint me, my own private parking space.
 

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Two more weeks of ear drops, but her ear is so much better.
She has realize this vet has the good treats.
 

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have you ever tried low fat kefir? i have read it is good for dogs with yeast issues.
while my my boys have never had ear issues, they love it, great probiotics and easier to have access to than goat milk when we travel.
 

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Good to know.
She does not have yeast in her ear, it's a bacterial infection. It only turns into yeast from the moisture of the bacteria, if I don't catch the ear infection in time.
But now it seems she has some type of seasonal allergies, that occurs in the fall.
 

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i guess it is similar to us, the more they get exposed to the same allergen stuff in our moist environment the more chance of building an allergy.
 
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