Friday, March 28, 2008

Ear Gunk

I can't believe it, but I forgot to mention Theo had his second vet visit (with me) last week. His ears had a lot of waxy buildup (his ears smelled dirty, it was gross), so the first thing I asked when I met with the vet was "what's wrong with his ears?" Apparently they weren't infected (phew!), but they were dirty enough to require a professional cleaning (when you're charge $30, it gets the name "professional"). At least they smelled like roses for awhile afterwards. Hehe. He also prescribed some ear drops that were meant to break up the rest of the wax in his ear canal.

Man, trying to put 4 drops in each ear of a dog is hard! Theo struggled with me like his life depended on it, and cried like I was killing him slowly. Poor little guy. Toward the end he got better, but it's not something I ever want to go through again. Ick! At least he's now very accustomed to me handling his ears!


Ivy & Bryson said...

Sorry you have to deal with this! So did the vet say what you need to do to prevent this in the future?

Like I said on, we never cleaned his ears and haven't noticed any smell... wondering if we should start?

JuLo said...

Haha. No, the vet said that ideally, we would never have to clean Theo's ears. If Bryson's ears smelled, you would smell it whether or not you meant to. With Theo, his ears smelled so bad I could smell them every time I kissed his head. Yuck!

He still has a little gunk, but now it's light yellow and there's just a little bit of it. It's not the brown icky gunk. I'm assuming that's more normal.