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Jackie!  INVALUABLE HOW- TO – ON EARS! 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Lol, thanks. I cannot tell you how many times I went home smelling like a big gooey yeast infection lmao!!! I know that was TMI but I figured it would make you laugh. 

Camille, if you don’t have ear cleaner right now you can still wipe his ears out and get any gunk he might have outta there. Tissues will work as long as they are strong. I have used gauze plenty of times. I like gauze better, heck even a thin facecloth if you don’t mind doing that to your facecloth lol. You could dampen it a little but not a lot. Don’t rub hard, just a gentle wipe.

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31 January 2018 - 4:40 pm
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I have been cleaning them out the past two nights with some little disposable cotton face pads I had so I’m going to do that again tonight and get the cleaner tomorrow. I was worried about hurting him but now that I know the ear canal is shaped differently, I feel better about what I’ve been doing.

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31 January 2018 - 6:08 pm
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Glad to get the Otis update!!  

Keep sharing!!  I need encouragement and knowing that Otis is getting along helps a lot … (another vid would be awesome too) 🙂 

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31 January 2018 - 6:23 pm
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No worries, you’re doing a great job!

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31 January 2018 - 9:34 pm
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Hi Otis and Mum

Karen had some great questions…
“ your vet swab his ear- is that how they diagnosed an infection? is there a nasty odor in his ear? Is he shaking his head more than usual or scratching at the ear? Is the inside of his ear red and inflamed? Those are the signs I usually see in the pugs when they get infections.”

If i may please put my thoughts into Otis’ waxy ear problem…
Now please keep in mind, like many of us have said here, i am not a vet, but i was a certified dog groomer for 10+ years.

In my opinion only, I can honestly say that the antibiotics possibly have a huge part in why Otis has possible ear issues. After all, It is common for humans to get yeast infections when we are on antibiotics, is it possible for them to affect dogs in the same manner. Maybe even the meds have something to do with his problem? What we put in to our/their bodies, has to come out somewhere right? Just my thought…

As a dog groomer, i would suggest that you check with your vets as to whether or not using a q-tip would be a good idea. I have been taught time and time again, not to use q-tips in our animals ears!!!

Dogs do not cooperate well when putting anything in their ears. Their natural instinct is to shake their heads as soon as you go near them and with a q-tip inside the ear, it could potentially hurt them if they shake their heads while the q-tip is inserted.
Yes the ears are definitely shaped differently than ours, but a hard (unintentional) poke in the ear with a q-tip hurts either way right? Plus, when using a q-tip you are possibly pushing the waxy debris further inside the ear, causing a bigger issue in the long run.
Another downfall to a bad poke with a q-tip in the ear, is that it will make the experience a bad one and therefore making your future ear checks and cleanings a challenge.

I would suggest a vet recommended (non-greasy) formula for ear cleaning and use a cotton swab. Completely soak it through and clean out the ear and dont worry about too much liquid, some people pour the solution straight into the ear canal. Just wipe it out gently afterwards with another cotton ball. Proper ear solution is formulated to dry better and therefore there is no need be overly concerned about being able to dry it out properly after. As was also suggested, rub under the ears to massage the cleaner in and this should definitely help with the dirty ears. If there is an infection happening (very stinky, as suggested!) antibiotics should take care of things, along with diligent cleaning.
Keep in mind that if there is any redness from Otis scratching at his ears, then just be prepared for a bit of a reaction when you use the the solution, as it might sting a bit.

I was also taught that one shouldn’t use a Kleenex, as it breaks apart super easily when it is wet and bits can get left behind in the canal.
Of course allergies or certain foods can cause ear problems too. I find that when Stewie is fed too many ‘bad’ treats, he gets itchy, waxy ears. Its funny ‘cause Stewie always tells me when his ears are starting to get dirty… he starts shaking his head at me and when i ask him if he needs an ear cleaning, he goes running to where i keep his solution! I seriously love this dog for making my life so much easier! 😉

Im sorry Jacky if it seems that i am contradicting you again in this post, i don’t mean to, but this is just my opinion and experience and I feel the more information we have, the better the decisions we can make right?! 😉

Otis, darling, you really are getting to check things off the ‘things that can happen’ list aren’t you poor dear?
Here are a couple of posts online that i thought might offer you some further information.

http://www.petg…..-dog-ears/

And here’s some tips from one of my favourite dog people…

https://www.ces…..-dogs-ears

Best of luck, which ever way you choose to do it and remember the most important thing… a calm attitude while cleaning Otis’ ears and lots & lots of treats after!!! 😉
Petra, Stewie 🐾 and his Pride >^..^<

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1 February 2018 - 12:17 pm
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Good afternoon Camille and Otis!

I hope you had a good night last night and Otis’s ears did not bother him too much. It appears that I have failed you again in the detail department, I apologize. The Q-tips are completely appropriate to use to wipe out excess residue from the external ear canal provided your pup isn’t bucking around like a bronco bull laughing I hold the head and ear as I squirt the cleaner in so that they don’t shake right away, I massage the base of the ear really well, and then I let them shake before I wipe them out. Most of the dogs that I have worked with don’t mind the ear cleaning after they get over the initial squirt. I always start inwards and wipe out towards the outer part of the ear with cotton balls or gauze pads. Those pads you were talking about sound like they would work well also. The cleaners I mentioned, Oti Clens and Epi-Otic are veterinary recommended. They have been around for many years and do a great job. I am sure you will find something appropriate for your needs. I would not worry about the antibiotics that Otis is taking orally, I have never heard of antibiotics causing any ear infection whatsoever. Please do whatever is suitable for you and Otis, I would never take offense or feel badly. I was just sharing my knowledge with you. 

Please let me know how you make out!  

Ohh before I forget (again) I thought this might put things into better perspective for you, it shows the “L” shape fairly well.

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1 February 2018 - 12:51 pm
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If I can please make one last point regarding poking things in ears… up here in Canada our doctors have a saying “Don’t poke anything smaller than your elbow in your ears!” It’s good common sense, which avoids regretful, potential accidents. 

Thanks for hearing me out. All the best for now,

Petra. 

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Glad to get the Otis update!!  

Keep sharing!!  I need encouragement and knowing that Otis is getting along helps a lot … (another vid would be awesome too) 🙂 

Sarah  

I don’t have any more videos– I think Otis has overdone it and his back right leg is a little stiff, but I promise you Sarah, IT DOES GET BETTER, Otis is only 3 1/2 weeks out and the difference a day and a week make is really incredible. I won’t say he is totally back to his usual antics, but he is world’s improved from last week and the week before! He has been restless in the morning as his 24 hour dose of gabapentin comes due, and he has had a couple of muffled yelps over the past week (3 total) — phantom pain , but nothing too severe. I give him a massage in the morning and he enjoys it. I’m hopeful that will continue to help him heal as it has for so many other tripawds. This morning I heard him yelp– more like a chirp really– and he doesn’t jump up or anything, and I started his massage right then and he was so relaxed by the end of it, I think he went back to sleep! His incision is also really well healed. I will try to take a picture of it tonight and upload to our Flickr album.

Well I appreciate ALL of the advice because, like I said, I’ve never really had to give much thought to Otis’ ears before. I cleaned his problematic ear using a gentle solution today, with cotton balls, and Otis was surprisingly compliant, his ear already looks MUCH better. So I will keep doing this daily until the cotton ball comes out clean!

A friend of mine– also not a vet– sent me this article which had a recommendation for a green tea based cleanser and said you could actually brew your own and once it was cold, use it. Anyway, it’s from Whole Dog Journal which I think generally publishes good things, so I am happy to share it here: https://www.who…..medium=soc

We finally got the pathology report back and it showed Osteoblastic Osteosarcoma, with no evidence of vascular spread, so I guess it’s what we expected, but glad to officially know.

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Hi Camille and Otis,

im sorry to hear that you got the unwanted diagnosis! As you have said many times before, we do what we can for our fur kids right?! And always hope to beat those odds! So many pups have!!! Tripawds warriors have proven that!!!!  That is what I hang on to for our boy Stewie! 

Stewie has also managed to over do it on some days, some definitely worse than others and we have put him back on total bed rest and under out vets suggestions, put Stewie back on his Gabapentin for a few days, just to help him rest. Stay well Otis, please dont give your Mum any more worries than she already has for you! You did great with the massage, glad that helps!

Thanks for sharing that great article. I think in the case with Stewie’s ears, it is definitely food based and I always know when he has been fed too many of his (bad) tasty, smelly treats! Especially after a visit with his Aunty! 😉 

I see that this vet also suggests using a qtip and cotton swab, “assuming that you are gentle” but as I mentioned and in my opinion only along with my experiences, it really does come back to whether a dog is being cooperative or not, I mean, it hurts right if we poke ourselves wrong, never mind our pups! All our pups are different and as I said about Stewie, he makes my life very easy, but he wasnt always like that with his ears. Prior to coming to us, he had to be put to sleep in order to deal with his ear infections. They used to get really bad. But once he came to us, we changed his food up to Orijen brand and it definitely agrees with him and his ears a whole lot better. Just not those 💩 treats! 😉

Take care Camille, again, I’m sorry for the 💩 confirmation! 🙁

Petra and Stewie.

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Thanks for sharing that great article. I think in the case with Stewie’s ears, it is definitely food based and I always know when he has been fed too many of his (bad) tasty, smelly treats! Especially after a visit with his Aunty! 😉 

 But once he came to us, we changed his food up to Orijen brand and it definitely agrees with him and his ears a whole lot better. Just not those 💩 treats! 😉

Take care Camille, again, I’m sorry for the 💩 confirmation! 🙁

Petra and Stewie.  

Thanks Petra! I agree that food can definitely contribute. When Otis was a puppy we went through a few brands of food before we found one that didn’t make him itchy. He eats grain free with added Omega 3/6 oil and that keeps his coat in great shape and doesn’t generate any itching, but he got lots of non Camille approved treats from friends and admirers during recovery so that could definitely have helped the yeast grow. Luckily he only has six more days of his antibiotic and I hope that’s the last of that!

Thanks again for everyone’s support and advice…we will just keep hopping and massaging!

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Hi Camille and Otis,

Just checking in to see how you are doing and how Otis is feeling. I hope everything is going smoothly for you finally and you’re both able to get some rest. 

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Jackie and Huckleberry ❤️

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Otis’ ear is back to normal, a little red, but no more gunk! He isn’t shaking his head or trying to scratch it so I know he must feel better! Today he put up with me cleaning his ear with the cleanser and trimming toenails, so he earned a lot of treats and seemed happy.

His back legs are definitely working hard and it looks like he might have strained himself. I’m looking into boots/more traction for him beyond the pathways we created in the house. Also doing more massage, and we will be making an appointment at a rehab vet soon to get some extra tips and advice! 

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I’m glad his ears are better, sorry his legs are feeling strained. I think you’re right, massage and therapy will probably work wonders for him. The exercises they teach help build core strength and balance. Huck is so much smaller, he’s also young and was in good physical shape generally because he was feral and quick. I haven’t had to deal with strain, he is so limber and acts like he’s always had just three legs. The runners that I got definitely help his traction . I see a big difference between that and when he walks on smooth floors. I hope he feels better soon.

Jackie and Huck ❤️

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Otis I am so hoppy to hear that your ear is feeling more back to normal. And extra treats to boot! 😉 I bet they are the healthy treats if Mum is giving them to you! winkerTry and take it easy okay, Mum doesnt need any extra worries!

Happy Hopping Otis, just hop a little less right now… lay back, enjoy those massages…heart

All the best from Petra, Stewie 🐾 and his Pride >^..^< 

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