My dog had an ear infection and went swimming. Now he is waslking in circles and seems in real pain.I cleaned his ears after swimming with a drying agent and have repeated it tonight. Is there anything else I can do to make him feel better?
I suspect tha your dog suffers from a middle ear infection: - the original infection probably damaged the ar drum - the bath allowed water to penetrate the middle ear - the infection can now spread to the middle and inner ear
The middle ear contains the organs responsible for keeping the patient’s balance. The signs of middle ear infection are: - Pain - Head shaking - Head tilt - Circling - Loss of balance - Abnormal eye movement (called nystagmus)
You are making matters worse by applying topical ear treatment.
I recommend that you seek veterinary opinion. It is likely that the vet will recommend: - Ear flushing under general aneasthetic. (Note that gaseous aneasthesia and intubation is necessary to avoid secondary pneumonia: the flushed fluid can go to the lungs via the eustachian tubes) - Systemic (by mouth) targeted treatment instead of topical (in the ear) treatment - Re-ex every week