When I decided that I wanted to introduce more pet health related posts to the blog this year I think Sherman and Leroy misunderstood me.
I didn’t want to talk about their pet health related issues, I just wanted to talk about pet health related issues in general.
Obviously our communication barriers were down there because these two will not give me a break!
Here’s the latest My Brown Newfies drama:
Leroy has a ruptured ear drum in his right ear.
He’s been suffering from an ear infection for I don’t even know how long now, several months at least. We’ve been monitoring it and treating it forever it seems. Sometimes it’s just a yeast infection, sometimes it’s bacteria and sometimes its both.
We’ve sent out ear cultures and we’ve adjusted ear medication and ear cleaners as needed.
It gets better and then it comes back.
This last infection got pretty bad and despite a new treatment it didn’t show any signs of improving. His ear had a thick dark discharge, ulcers and smelled like sour milk. He was mildly painful. Painful only when you touched the base of the ear and because of the all the discharge in his ear the vet was unable to visualize his whole canal. We tried cleaning the ear several times only to have it fill back up with discharge the next day.
Our next option was to flush his ear under sedation. Sedation was needed so that the vet could really get in there and flush out the ear, not an easy task with a 150 pound dog who does not want his ear being filled with saline and then sucked out.
In the picture below Leroy was sedated with an injectable medications but then had to be given gas because he was resisting the sedation and we needed him to be very still.
The flushing went really well and the vet was able to get a lot of debris out of the canal to the point where she could actually visualize the whole canal. What she didn’t see was the tympanic membrane, also known as the eardrum.
The tympanic membrane is a thin membrane that separates the external ear from the middle ear. The tympanic membrane receives vibrating sound waves and transmits them to the bone in the ear, hence the ear drum. The most common cause of a tear or hole in the tympanic membrane is an ear infection. Other causes can be an injury to the ear or side of the the head and changes in pressure.