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So our Pyrenees/Lab mix Jules has had an issue with chronic ear infections for the past 6 months or so. She has been to the vet 4 times for her infections. Each time it was due to a yeast infection and she was put on medication each time. Each time she went off the meds the infection came back with in 3 weeks. Each vet visit has cost $300 plus so I started researching yeast infection and I have changed her food and put her on probiotics. The vet we have been using was not impressed and said there was nothing more we could do beside keep brining her back.

Thursday she will be going to a new vet for another opinion. The infection this time is extremely bad and I have started to suspect her hearing has been effected. She has become extremely vocal within the past week and this is a dog that I didn't hear bark until she was 6 months. She rarely barked before this week but suddenly she barks almost constantly especially outside. Twice she has reacted to the little girl suddenly appearing in the house. I have tried to test to see of she is having trouble hearing but she is constantly watching us. I also think she is feeling vibration in the floor when we walk. Amber the child she has reacted to is super light and does not cause the movement in the hardwood floor.

I will be talking to the vet about this Thursday but I am curious if there is anything I can do now to see how much of her hearing is affected or if its even effected at all? Any advice is welcome! Thank You��
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Subjective hearing tests include rattling keys or clapping outside of the dog's field of vision to see if they respond, or anything else that makes sound without inciting other senses (smell, feel-vibration, etc). If you want to know for absolute certain whether she is deaf, BAER testing can be done to check hearing in both ears, but probably not worth doing, as management will probably be the same either way. Ear infections can cause hearing loss, as can some topical ear medications (if she's currently on medication, definitely check with your vet to see if hearing loss could be related), I think sometimes they can recover hearing with time if that happens.

Ear infections can be difficult to treat, as there are a number of options, and what works well for one dog's infection may not be as helpful for another. Many times they can be secondary to or in conjunction with allergies or other skin issues (every dog that I've had with ear infections has also had at least occasional skin problems, itching, etc- so personally I've seen this to be true, and getting the skin issue under control helped reduce the frequency of ear infections). Make sure that you are doing follow up care according to the vet's recommendations, I think a lot of times people get an RX for the ears, give it and the ears seem to be getting better, and they don't follow up because things seem to be going well. Then, after stopping the RX, or running out, the dog "gets the infection back" a few weeks or months later because it wasn't completely gone. Best course is to let the vet check to be sure, so you know if they are good, or need more meds. Other dogs are just prone to ear infections and get them often, and they're certainly more prevalent in some breeds than others. In some cases, Drs will culture some of the ear material to see what sort of bacterial component is present and what medications can treat it effectively. Also, some people will consult with a dermatologist if things have gone without resolution, and for severe cases, there are sometimes surgeries that can help.

Hopefully the new vet can get things straightened out for her. Make sure to mention her new behavior, as they may be able to subjectively test better there than you can at home, and can inspect the ear thoroughly for any sort of anatomical defect (blocked with debris or injured ear drum, etc). Or maybe they'll see some other reason for the change.
 

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After every round of meds we followed up with the vet and vet said her ears where completely clear of all infection. She does not have any skin issues to go along with the ear issues. I do think it may be allergy related but the vet I was taking her to said that since its more than likely a food allergies there wasn't much they could do. They also told me that putting her on a limited ingredient low sugar diet would make no difference and said all my research was wrong. I also mentioned a med that another member on here recommended and she just blew me off. So I m going somewhere else. I use to love my vet but here lately I just haven't been liking going there.
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You can try a couple things at home to see how she responds. Try whistling for her when she's not looking, or squeaking a squeaky toy. Try clapping your hand behind her head.

The vet should also be able to tell you if there's any damage to the ear drum or tympanic membrane.

As for the ear infections, you may want to consider a prey model raw diet. It's a bit untraditional, but kibbles have so many ingredients, there's really no telling what she's reacting to.. With raw, you can introduce proteins one at a time and determine if she's allergic to a meat, or if there's a meat she doesn't have issues with. It can help you figure out if her allergies are environmental too.

You might want to ask your vet about using a long acting antihistamine like Zyrtec.
 

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You can try a couple things at home to see how she responds. Try whistling for her when she's not looking, or squeaking a squeaky toy. Try clapping your hand behind her head.

The vet should also be able to tell you if there's any damage to the ear drum or tympanic membrane.

As for the ear infections, you may want to consider a prey model raw diet. It's a bit untraditional, but kibbles have so many ingredients, there's really no telling what she's reacting to.. With raw, you can introduce proteins one at a time and determine if she's allergic to a meat, or if there's a meat she doesn't have issues with. It can help you figure out if her allergies are environmental too.

You might want to ask your vet about using a long acting antihistamine like Zyrtec.
 

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You can try a couple things at home to see how she responds. Try whistling for her when she's not looking, or squeaking a squeaky toy. Try clapping your hand behind her head.

The vet should also be able to tell you if there's any damage to the ear drum or tympanic membrane.

As for the ear infections, you may want to consider a prey model raw diet. It's a bit untraditional, but kibbles have so many ingredients, there's really no telling what she's reacting to.. With raw, you can introduce proteins one at a time and determine if she's allergic to a meat, or if there's a meat she doesn't have issues with. It can help you figure out if her allergies are environmental too.

You might want to ask your vet about using a long acting antihistamine like Zyrtec.
I actually use to have Rocky on a pmr diet��. I have thought about putting her on that its just so expensive in my area because we only have 2 butchers and they cater to the upper class in my area. If that's what she needs though I will do it. Just means I'm gonna be eating ramen for awhile!!���� Lol
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So the I like this new vet a lot! He sent for a culture and said we would make a game plan when he got the results back. Right now she is on meds that we know work for short term and we go back next Friday to get her results. He mentioned a possible surgery if worse comes to worse. He also said that her hearing is affected a little but that it should correct itself when the infection is cleared!
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