My 9 year old Cocker Spaniel has been at the vet and was diagnosed with an ear infection, however, because of this he has lost the sight in one eye.
My vet prescribed a course of antibiotics which is now complete and I believe my dog still has an ear infection.
While I am cleaning his ears, a black hard gunge is coming from his ear.
I returned to my vet and I was told by the vet that there was no infection there.
Should I seek a second opinion, as I believe my dog still has the infection?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
If you feel strongly enough about this you should get a second opinion - even if it's just to put your mind at rest.
Cocker spaniels suffer quite regularly from ear infections so it's important to keep them free of excess hair around the inside of the ear and also keep them clean.
Our Cocker had an ear infection (in both ears!) for over six months - it simply wouldn't budge - no matter what the vet tried.
Eventually, out of desperation, I tried an antibacterial ear cleaner from our local pet shop (£3) and the ear infection disappeared within a week!
Our vet now uses it in her practice!
Since the infection, Max produces quite a lot of wax in his right ear - it's dark, almost black, and looks terrible. At first, I thought his ear infection had returned, but my vet reassured me that it was just wax.
I need to clean his ears every day to keep it at bay otherwise it becomes impacted and he ends up in the vets again for an ear syringe - and that's not cheap because it means he has to go under an anesthetic!