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What are Middle and Inner Ear Infections?

A middle ear infection is also called otitis media and generally results from an infection that has spread from the outer ear. Mites in the outer ear can migrate into the middle ear and cause a bacterial infection. Fungal and yeast infections can also infiltrate the middle ear.

An inner ear infection is called otitis interna and generally results from a bacterial infection; although yeast and fungus can also contribute to an inner ear infection. Just like the middle ear, mites can migrate to the inner ear creating a problematic environment for an infection.

All dogs are prone to ear infections; however, there are specific breeds that are more prone to middle and inner ear infections. Dogs with drooping ears such as the Beagle, Dachshund, Basset Hound and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel need to have their ears closely monitored for signs of infection. Dogs with narrow ear canals, such the Cocker Spaniel and the Shar-Pei, and dogs with hairy inner ear canals, such as the Poodle and Schnauzer, can also be susceptible to middle and inner ear infections.

Your dog’s ear consists of three main parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Infections within the middle and inner ear must be treated quickly to prevent recurrence and possible permanent damage to your dog’s ear or nerves within the face on the affected side.

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Symptoms of Middle and Inner Ear Infections in Dogs

There are several signs that may indicate that your dog has an ear infection. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your veterinarian to determine which part of the ear is affected and the proper treatment of the infection.

Ear Infection of Outer, Middle & Inner Ear

  • Shaking of the head
  • Scratching at the ear
  • Scratching under the ear or near the cheek
  • Rubbing the ear on the ground or other objects
  • Cocking the head to one side
  • Discharge from the ear
  • Foul smell coming from the ear

Middle or Inner Ear Infection

  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Drooling from the side of the mouth on the affected side 
  • Dropping food out of their mouth or difficulty eating
  • Unable to blink
  • Eye discharge
  • Eyelids, lips, or nostrils that droop on the affected side
  • Symptoms of Horner’s Syndrome occur
  • Falling or leaning toward the affected side
  • Walking in circles towards the affected ear
  • Thick discharge from the affected ear
  • Sudden hearing loss in the affected ear
  • Inflamed ear canal; oftentimes a bright red color
  • Pain when the ear is touched
  • Eyes darting back and forth
  • Nerve paralysis in the face

Causes of Middle and Inner Ear Infections in Dogs

There are many causes of middle and inner ear infections. Many times the outer ear infection is not properly treated and then migrates to the middle ear and possibly inner ear causing significant pain problems for your dog. Your veterinarian can run certain tests if your dog experiences chronic middle and/or inner ear infections to determine the specific cause of the infections.

Allergies have been determined to be the most common cause of recurring ear infections. If the allergen is not identified and the allergic reaction persists, it will be almost impossible to resolve the ear infections and can cause irreversible damage to the affected ear or ears.

  • Cleaning the ears too often
  • Not cleaning the ears well enough
  • Water in the ear
  • Excessive humidity
  • Bacteria
  • Allergies (food or environmental)
  • Antibiotics
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Yeast or other fungus
  • Ear mites

Diagnosis of Middle and Inner Ear Infections in Dogs

While it is fairly easy to diagnose an outer ear infection, it can be trickier to identify a middle or inner ear infection. Veterinarians will examine the ear canal and can usually identify if inflammation is present within the ear canal.

Your veterinarian will diagnose a middle or inner ear infection based on previous history and any present clinical signs. Dogs that are prone to ear infections should be checked on a regular basis for any changes to the ear. This will allow treatment to start quickly to combat the infection and keep it from progressing into a severely painful situation for your dog.

Treatment of Middle and Inner Ear Infections in Dogs

Early detection of a middle or inner ear infection is the best way to combat the infection. Your veterinarian will treat the ear infection to prevent the infection from causing long-term effects such as deafness. Yeast infections left untreated can spread throughout your dog’s body and cause greater illness.

Treatment will involve thoroughly cleaning the affected ear and then flushing the affected ear with a saline solution. Some veterinarians may clean and flush both ears, even if only one ear is affected. In extreme cases, your dog may need to be anesthetized to thoroughly clean the ear. 

An antibiotic, antiparasitic or antifungal medication will usually be prescribed. In some cases a steroid may also be prescribed to reduce inflammation within the ear. Always give the prescribed medications as directed and any questions regarding the medication and possible side effects should be directed to your veterinarian.

Recovery of Middle and Inner Ear Infections in Dogs

When a middle or inner ear infection is treated quickly, most dogs respond to treatment and do not have long-term effects. If the infection was not diagnosed and treated quickly, long-term effects such as deafness and an altered sense of balance may result. If your dog’s balance was affected by an inner ear infection, you can expect to see improvement within two to six weeks following the initial diagnosis and treatment. 

A regiment of antibiotics can be expected to prevent a relapse. Follow your veterinarian’s instructions closely and complete all follow-up visits to ensure that the infection has been properly treated. Your veterinarian will discuss possible continued care should your dog be prone to middle and/or inner ear infections.

Middle and Inner Ear Infections Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Oliver
Chihuahua
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tilts Head
Shakes head
No appitite
Whines when ear is touched
Blood In Stool

5 month old Chihuahua. Shakes head. Whines when touches ear certain way. Not eating or drinking. Still playfl somewhat. Sleeps a lot. Stinky ears. Making me worry. Going to vet friday.

I have no idea what I should do before I get to bring him to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Friday is a long way away, you should try to clear any discharge or debris from the ear canal; there are over the counter products for this but be careful since many of these products are contraindicated if the tympanic membrane (eardrum) is damaged. You should try to keep Oliver calm for the time being but apart from try to do a little cleaning, there isn’t anything else I can recommend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tinker
Chihuahua
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seems like seigers but last to long

Medication Used

Phenobarbatol

My shows we has this thing where she act like she is on speed and shakes her head up and down and sticks her tongsue out and it last like 12 hours I have taken her to 3 vets and they don't do any thing but blood work and say it neurological she is a smart dog but I can't find any one to help me this really is painfully to see her do this

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Tinker is doing that. Unfortunately, without seeing her, I'm not sure that I can offer much insight that the 3 veterinarians who have seen her couldn't give you... If they suspected that is is a neurologic problem, it might be a good idea to have a referral to a neurologist, as they specialize in that type of disease. I hope that she is okay.

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Lucy
Shepherd mix
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ear infection, loss of balance,
Ear infection
Ear infection, loss of balance

Lucy has an inner/middle ear infection and vestibular syndrome. Cannot afford to take her to the vet. She's been eating and drinking fine. Due to her hip dysplasia cannot walk well anyway. Do you suggest antibiotics and what kind and dosage? Will I be able to get them without a prescription?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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WIthout examining Lucy, it would be irresponsible of me to comment on her condition, or medications. You cannot buy antibiotics without a prescription, and specific infections require specific treatment. Many clinics offer a free first exam so that you would be able to have her seen, and find out if that is what is going on. A veteirnarian will be able to make suggestions on treatment for her.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question. I should have mentioned that Lucy has been diagnosed by a retired vet who no longer writes prescriptions. I have also tried calling vets in my area, none of which do free exams except for new puppies nor will they do payment plans or billing. Are there any over the counter products that you might recommend? Hopefully my job will start back up again soon so I can get Lucy's insurance back. I hate to see her like this. Thanks again.

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Snookie
Chin-Pin
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

shaking head,yelping,stinky ears
shaking head yelping stinky ears

Medication Used

Phenobarbital , Prednisone, Amoxcin
Phenobarbital , Prednisone, Amoxci

I want know if a dog can be misdiagnosed with seizure and she actually has inner ear infection. It all started 3 weeks ago my pup started scratching her ears and yelping I looked in them they had a smell and were scabby ... I took her to the vet before leaving she kept acting as if she could not get comfortable when went pick her up she yelped as she was in great pain. .. she stopped took to the car she rides on my lap she only 10 pounds with short hair so had sweater on her.. All the yelping started again we thought now she was hurt somewhere my husband and myself cut her out of sweater feeling this could cause the discomfort.. The yelping stopped .. Went vet he looked in both ears said he saw reddens down inside and prescribed amxcolin and drops for 10 days plus prednisone ... The yelping stoped then Tuesday it happened again and Head was tilted and once again she circled and could not find comfort .. I rushed her back to the vet this time he cleaned her annual glands said they were very full and this could be reason she could not get comfortable... 2 more days past and it happened again it very scary to me to see her like this because to my husband and myself it like she in pain .. We once again rushed her to vet yelping went away with in a min although seemed much longer.. He did blood work it all came back fine.. but he then decided that it seizures she is taking and gave her phenobarbital to take.. Now never ever looked in ears again after First visit... No put her on 15 mg daily of the phenobarbital half in morning half in evening.. My husband and I went out my mother came to watch her while we were away because the recent week we had .. She read bottle and gave Snookie a quarter of the 15 mg when she was suppose to have a half of it .. This was truly a mistake because the pills where already broke in half and when she read bottle it said half a pill .. The next morning Snookie started the yelp again .. Mind you all weekend from time she started medicine Friday it made her very doppie to the point we had to carry downstairs.. Well we took her back cause we are concerned and didn’t know at time of the lessor dose.. Now it’s 3 days since vet Snookie has been improving. 3 days ago marked last day of ear meds and today she still itchy ears etc. continues her ears stink ... I clean First as he told us to nothing comes and I did place drops cause my fear is it’s an inner ear infection .. he has never looked at ears again from first visit ... Every thing I find on this condition is everything she has done since day one even when the yelp is going on all these symptoms are present ... So is my dog having a seizure or does she have a bad inner ear infection that been misdiagnosed... Also before he started The phenobarbital he had her on prednisone for pain.. he had stop that the same day as I began seizure Med ..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Snookie, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, but it is possible that ear pain may be causing her behavior. If you are not sure of the diagnosis, it might be a good idea to have a second opinion, just to make sure that nothing is being missed, and that she is getting a full physical examination. She may be having seizure activity, but since it is an unknown, it would be good to follow up and make sure that everything is being taken into consideration. I hope that she is okay.

Have you ever tried Colloidal silver? It’s usually at the health food store in a smaller number bout less then 15ppm at most. It’s a natural antibiotic and we have never had to use a vet for my boy who has inner ear inflammation and seizures. Not related. But pure cbd works with a VERY low amount of thc to activate the cbd to cure his seizures. He’s me baby I’d die for him and I’m very confident he’s doing better then he would on any Med from any vet. Ear problem is like once a year when he swims too soo.. ;)

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Buddy
Miniature Pinscher
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hi. I have a 14 year old miniature pinscher, two days ago he randomly yelped as if being injured and ran up to me and started shaking while continually yelping. I got to his level pet him calmed him down and things seemed ok I thought maybe he had a leg cramp or something. Later that day he let out another yelp and started shaking again, I called the vet and took him in. The Dr checked him over and said he appears to have an ear infection. They put an otipak in his ear and gave me a steroid because she said his neck was tense (he goes to the chiropractor for pinched nerves do to his age and spine) she suggested he goes to the chiro again although he was there two weeks ago. Anyway we went home and he was ok for a bit but then started walking in circles in the corner of the living room and would stop and look at me in between and kinda left out a begging sound and would continue walking in circles for a while before hed wander off and find a strange place to lay down like in the bathroom by the toilet which is something he has never did. We went to bed she slept through the night and the next morning he was yelping again and walking in circles I called the vet and she had me come get some baytril as well. So today is the 2nd day on baytril, and the third day on the steroid and the goop that stays in his ear but he STILL walks in circles and did yelp again this evening. I am wondering if the yelping is simply from the ear pain or possibly another issue that I am missing. This evening he is just sitting in the corner that he walks circles in, not resting or sleeping just panting and sitting there. He didn't sleep at all today which he normally does when hes feeling ok. Any suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure if Buddy is on any other pain medications, but at his age, and with his conditions, he may need pain control or muscle relaxants. Panting and crying can be a sign of pain in dogs. Many OTC pain medications are quite toxic to dogs, so it would be best to give your veterinarian a call this morning, explain his behavior, and see if she thinks that pain control might help him. I hope that he feels better soon.

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Syd
Sharpei
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tilting head to side

Medication Used

Cephalexin 600mg,Pred- X 20mg

Hi, I have a Sharpei cross de-sexed male, and he has been great until the start of the week, then after a short walk around the block that evening , I found him the very next day to be dropping his face to the right and very unstable on his feet, he had been to the vet on the Friday just before this occurrence and been given the all clear as he is almost 17 years old and had broken his back around August of last year but been going to vet for regular check ups. so i guess the question is -: is it possible the middle ear to be the problem and if so how long before he will resume to his normal active but elderly life or will he ever? the meds prescribed are Cephalexin 600mg, Pred-x 20mg. Carprofen 50mgs for pain relief if his back looks sore. any advice would be great as I am after some idea of time frame for expected recovery or never likely to recover?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Idiopathic vestibular is a possible cause especially in a dog of Syd’s age, but other causes like head trauma, ear infections, poisoning, liver disease, kidney disease, tumours among others may also cause these symptoms. If the cause is idiopathic vestibular disease we generally see improvement within seven to ten days but other causes would require a trip to your Veterinarian for treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for the speedy reply, I am in very high hopes that my little man will get progressively better and I can be blessed with a little more time with him, it is very distressing watching him stumbling everywhere. THANKS AGAIN ! regards Pete.

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Tilly
West Highland White Terrier
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Vomiting
Shaking

Hello. I have a 9 year old Westie name Tilly. We have been very blessed with Tilly and have had no health problems with her at all. In fact, she recently had her annual checkup and is in tip top shape!
Two nights ago, however, I had to take her to the vet for an emergency visit. As we were walking out the door to go for a walk, I noticed she was acting funny. Once we got out the door, she could only take a couple of steps without falling over. I thought maybe something was stuck in her paw and brought her in and took a look. She then, started shaking while sitting up. I sat her down on the floor and had her walk and follow me and she was still falling every other step. I immediately rushed her to the vet, but by the time we got there her symptoms had subsided and they could not diagnose her. She has also consistently been vomiting what looks like yellow stomach acid almost every night for almost a week now.
I should add that this has happened a few other times totaling to 4 times in the last 3 years. The symptoms never last long and then she seems completely fine. Our vet tells us that based on her described behaviors, she does not believe this is a seizure, which was my first assumption. It's almost as if she just loses her balance/stumbles and falls to the side. There was only one instance in which she appeared incoherent and another when she could not turn her head to one side. This time it was mainly just that she couldn't walk. We recently had blood work done, within the last 2 wks, and she is perfectly healthy. Our vet said to watch her over night and if it happens again to bring her back the next morning. She seems completely fine. Full of energy and eating normal. The vet believes this may be some type of muscle pain or possibly degenerative disc syndrome.
I know that this may require some further testing, but is it possible this could be an inner ear infection that has gone undetected or possibly vertigo? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst it is possible that the symptoms may have been due to an inner ear infection or due to vestibular disease (vertigo), the symptoms in these cases are usually persistent and don’t resolve as quickly as they appeared; spinal disorders, heart failure among other causes may come and go quick and can be difficult to pin down a diagnosis. Further testing is required and if possible try to catch an episode on video for your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nikki
Siberian Husky or Alaskan Husky
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Baytril Otic
tresaderm
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Hi I have a female Siberian Husky who just turned 10. She went to the vet for an annual visit in Dec. 2016, and all was fine. A week or 2 later she developed what appeared to be an ear infection, I called the vet, and being that they just saw her a week or 2 before, they just told me to stop in and pick up some mometamax and ear cleaner. It seemed to have passed and all was fine. About a month or so ago we noticed that she was pawing at her ear and shaking her head a bit. We still had some of the drops left and gave them to her for a few days and she seemed better. Then about a week later we saw her pawing at the ear again, and sometimes she cried when the ear was touched. The vet could not see her right away so I took her to another vet, who diagnosed it as an ear infection with yeast and bacteria. She put her back on mometamax for 14 days, thinking simply a few days was not long enough. I went with that without thinking much of it. 7 days into the treatment I came home one day and her ear appeared to have a lot of fresh blood( I called Tufts as my local vet was already closed) They said if a small amount of blood just monitor her and bring her to the vet in the morning. I brought her to the vet the following morning as soon as they opened, they examined her and said that there was frank blood in her ear. They did blood work, sedated her and lavaged, the ear with saline. The vet said that she saw no obvious masses in her ear, and that her eardrum appeared intact, but that the bleeding was deep and she could not get it to stop-- and recommended perhaps a ct scan. I took her to a bigger veterinary hospital and they scheduled her for a CT scan, put her on Rimadyl for pain and set her up to see an internal medicine specialist ( they said they were booked far out for dermatology and surgery and this was the next best thing). I took her to the internal medicine specialist the next day-- and he looked at her ear and said that although he was not able to get a good real good look-- he could see her ear canal was ulcerated ( something the original vet disputes), and that she had quite a bit of bacteria and some yeast ( he did another cytology). He decided to postpone the CT scan for the time being and put her on Clavamox 375 mg 2x per day, Bayril Drops in the AM and Tresaderm drops in the evening. He said she did not appear to be actively bleeding when he saw her. The original vet said that there did not appear to be an infection going on but she could not see that deep. She suspected something more along the line of a polyp. This specialist , said he has treated ears although not his specialty. Does this seem like a reasonable plan? On the one hand a $1700 CT scan make me nervous because we don't have a ton of money and CT and surgery goes up into the 5-6 k range. At the same time I do not want to do a disservice to my dog, and allow her to suffer needlessly. She is no longer on Rimadyl because it gave her GI upset, so the specialist told me to stop it and add pumpkin to her diet which did the trick. She does not appear to be in pain and she is acting herself again but it appears there is a lot of old blood in her ear sometimes I wonder if it bleeds and I don't see it before it turns brown and crusty....and if all that old blood is causing her problems too. He told me not to clean hr ears for now. She has had no neurological symptoms and eats, drinks, acts pretty normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nikki, it is difficult for me to weigh in with an opinion when two other Veterinarians and a Specialist have examined her; however, I would try to follow the instructions of the Specialist and see how the treatment goes, especially since you have noted improvements in the symptoms (although there is still old blood present around the ear. If this course of oral antibiotics and drops don’t clear the issues up, then a CT would be the next logical step; it is hard when one Veterinarian says there is no ulceration and the Specialist say there is, it can be confusing but it is important to complete the current course of treatment. If a sample was taken, a sample for culture and sensitivity should be taken as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sienna
Golden Great Pyranees mix
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head tilt to right side
dropping food out of mouth
Eye discharge on right eye
Issues balancing on right side
Partial paralysis on the right side
Drooling

Medication Used

Clindamycin oral
Steroid

Hello!
We have a 7 year old golden and great pyranees mix named Sienna. Last week, she developed partial paralysis to the right side of her face very suddenly. She showed zero signs of anything going on, and we all of a sudden noticed her lip on the right side was extremely droopy. She drools constantly, and her ear and whole right side is drooping. We took her to the vet the next day, and they diagnosed her with a possible inner ear infection and put her on steroids and antibiotics (Clindamycin.) She has been taking the steroids and antibiotics as prescribed, but yesterday she started having issues with balance on her right side. Her eyes have also been drifting a bit - difficult for her to focus. Right eye is definitely draining. Not necessarily darting back and forth, but it definitely isn't normal. We called the vet this morning and she recommended seeing a specialist downstate (we are located in northern Michigan so the closest specialist is down state) for further testing. We are quite worried as she is rather young to be having any extreme health issues. We are getting her tested next week at the specialist just to rule out any other potential issues - stroke, seizures, heart issues, cancer, all of the big stuff. Do you think it is still an inner ear infection? Is it possible the antibiotics just aren't strong enough/could be wrong antibiotic for her? Should we get a second opinion up here before taking her down state? Her down state appointment is a week and a half away, and I am just concerned about her. What do you recommend doing in the time being?
Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be a good idea to get a second opinion from another local Veterinarian before you make the journey downstate to visit the Specialist; it may be that a change in treatment is needed but this would be based on the findings of your current Veterinarian and the second opinion Veterinarian. Some ear infections can be insidious and can take time before improvement is seen; culture and sensitivity testing may be useful to ensure that you are using a suitable antibiotic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Listo
Bullmastiff / American bulldog mix
11 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

My dog has been having seizures recently. Wondering if a bad ear infection could be the cause. He is 11 years old and has had two seizures I'm a short amount of time. He seemed healthy and got a green light at his 11 year checkup before all this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Severe ear infections may lead to seizures but you would notice other symptoms before it got to that point, it would be advisable to have Listo checked again by your Veterinarian to rule out other possible causes of seizures. Without examining him I cannot say for sure what the cause may be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Cocker Spaniel
4yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 4 yr old cocker spaniel has become deaf in both ears. He has a inner ear infection in right ear. He was initially prescribed ear drops for a week and then a different ear drop and oral antibiotic. We have been back to the vet today and have another week of ear drops ad oral antibiotics. My dog also has an intermittent head Tilt to the affected side. If there is no improvement by next week they suggest an MRI. He isn't scratching or shaking his head and has no other neurological symptoms . Why could it be taking so long to clear up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Inner ear infections can take a while to clear up and some antibiotic drops containing gentamicin may cause temporary (usually) deafness in the treated ears which normally resolves spontaneously after treatment has stopped. The head tilt may be attributable to the inner ear infection affecting the vestibular system, if treatment is unsuccessful other causes for the head tilt would need to be explored with a CT or MRI being the diagnostic imaging of choice to detect any masses or other anomalies within the inner ear or brain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gir
German Shorthaired Pointer
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizure
Seizure ear pain

My dog had a seizure 2 nights ago when I took him to the vet hospital blood test came back normal before hand he was flopping his ears a lot and rubbing his ears when I cleaned them his ears were always clean but did smell is his seizure due to the ear problems? I was told in the past he had ear allergies and was put on antibiotics a year ago. Also during the seizure he would lift his head and then hit the side of his head on his ears on both sides, and he's never had a seizure before and did this cause long term damage to him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ear infections may cause may symptoms like vestibular (balance) problems and Horner’s Syndrome (nerves passing through the middle ear can be affected), but I wouldn’t think that an ear infection would cause a seizure. The irritation from an infection may have caused Gir to itch himself to the point where he was banging his head on the floor. It would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look at his ears and to prescribe some ear drops and some systemic antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Archer
Cocker Spaniel
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I noticed a palsy in my cocker spaniels face/neck and he was diagnosed with an inner ear infection which had affected the facial nerve. I have been giving him the antibiotics but have seen no change in his palsy.
Is there any chance he will get better? He seems so sad now, his eye won't even open fully on that side, I feel terrible for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The seventh cranial nerve passes through the middle ear which may cause facial paralysis in some cases of inner and middle ear infections; prolonged administration of antibiotics may be beneficial in cases like this however there is the chance that the facial paralysis may become permanent, you should discuss this with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gemini
border collie/pitbull mix
13
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

falling
Dry skin
Drinking lots of water
Panting
Hyperactivity

Hello,
Our dog had an emergency hysterectomy a few months ago for open pyometra. Ever since they, when she plays with her toys, she sometime falls when she stands up. She doesn't appear to lose consciousness but it seems like her legs just give out. She also has very dry skin which is flaky and has been drinking excessive amounts of water. A few weeks ago she was acting like her ear was bothering her and occasionally shakes her head like its bothering her. I am not sure if any of this is related to the hysterectomy, or if we are just more observant since she was so sick before the procedure was done. I took her to our local vet and they said her heart sounded good and that everything else looked good but they did not run and other test other than physically checking her. They gave her pain medicine and said it could be pain related. They recommended that i have a full heart check up done and for her to see a neurologist if the symptoms persist. I'm curious if it could be pain or diabetes that could be the culprit since she is 13 years old or if it could be worse. I'm not noticing any other symptoms and the falling episodes don't appear to be seizures, at least not grand mals. I haven't tried the pain medicine yet since i am hesitant of liver damage. I also only feed her once a day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various conditions which may affect dogs Gemini’s age which are probably not related to the ovariohysterectomy from the pyometra which may include hormonal conditions, parasites, infections (particular urinary tract for increased thirst), hormonal conditions, nutritional deficiencies among other causes. A simple blood test would indicate many parameters covering glucose (to rule out diabetes) as well as liver and kidney health which would be useful anyway in a dog Gemini’s age before deciding to go to any Specialists; without examining Gemini it is difficult to give you a path forward. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roscoe
Miniature Pinscher
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Wobbly
Head Tilt
pawing at ear and face

Medication Used

Keppra,
Doxycycline
Buprenex
Metacam

I have an 11 year old miniature pinscher named Roscoe. He has been seeing my veterinarian and has also been to the ER vet twice in the past 2 weeks for what I initially thought was a pinched nerve. He would wake up screaming and pain and one "episode" he was dragging the right side of his head along the floor. His ears have been cleaned at my veterinarian and she said that she did not see anything of consequence when she looked in them. Fast forward 3 weeks and the ER vet is diagnosing Roscoe with seizures. I had him sedated and had a thorough dental exam and ear exam and was told there was nothing found. I'm not convinced he is having seizures. Could an inner ear infection cause someone of a paralysis on one side of the body and leaning towards one side? What about random screeching in pain and then an inability to stand up afterwards, being wobbly on the feet? I'm about to head into a neurologist but am curious if this could be an ear issue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Middle and inner infections may be more difficult to diagnose due to the inability to visually inspect them but the symptoms are generally continuous and involve head shaking and pawing at the head and ear. If Roscoe is sleeping or going about his business and is then affected by an episode which you are describing, this doesn’t sound like an ear infection as the pain or discomfort would generally be all the time. It would be worth visiting a Neurologist to get their take on the symptoms and Roscoe’s general health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pierre
Miniature poodle
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt
Ear Itching
Eye Itching
Deafness
Loss of Appetite
Lathargic

I have had my poodle at the vet 4 times since February for what seemed like balance and painful walking problems with panting and head shaking. I asked for his ears to be checked on July 9 but the Vet did not. On July 25, I saw what appeared to be blood in his right ear. He was finally diagnosed with an ear infection in both ears. On July 29, I took him back since he seemed worse and they admitted they failed to clean out his ears. They wiped out both ears with swabs & stated wash was not necessary. He has refused to eat his crunchy food for 3 weeks & has severe eye drainage and is now completely deaf AFTER being on ear medication drops since 7/25 and oral antibiotics.
I believe he must have a middle ear infection. Should I seek another vet's care? Will he need to have his ears washed out to begin recovery? Is there any chance he will regain his hearing? I am devastated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you feel that your current Veterinarian hasn’t handled Pierre’s case effectively then it may be best to visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion to ease your concerns and to make sure that you’re getting the best care for Pierre. Some ear medications contain gentamicin which is a very effective treatment for ear infections, but in some cases it may cause temporary (or in other cases permanent) deafness; it is used due to it’s efficacy, check the labels of the products you are administering to Pierre to see if it is present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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