My 10 yr old bullie Lucy has had a chronic ear infection that comes and goes since mid June. When infected the ear reeks of a cheesy smell (yeast) but there is a whiteish discharge that reminds me of cottage cheese.
The vet cultured the ear and said it was a bacterial infection and prescribed Clavamox - a 14 day treatment. A thyroid test was also done and she was placed on a hypo allergenic diet using Purina HA. The infection cleared up during the time the antibiotic was given and the thyroid panel came back with no concerns. About 2 weeks afterwards, now mid July the infection reoccured with the same symptoms, antoher thyroid test was given and another Rx of Clavomox was prescribed. Same results - negative thyroid results and the infection cleared up.
Now about mid- August the infection came back, I told the vet that I can't afford $75 at a clip for Clavamox and I am dissappointed that this keeps reoccuring. The vet cave me a Rx for Cephalexin, It is a 14 day supply that was part of the free meds from my pharmacy wellness program!
So far the same results, the ear infection has gone away. The cottage cheese gunk is dry but remains in her ear. I remove what I can in the outer ear flap and flush her ear every other day. The point being - the ear is sitll producing something but now in a waxy form - not wet. The yeast odor is gone.
I am open to suggestions. I'm not pleased that she has been on antibiotics for a long time, especially with limited results. I am using Pharmaseb ear flush. A friend that breeds cocker spaniels told me to try the homemade cocker flush substituting witch hazel for the alcohol and apple cider vinegar in place of white vinegar. I'm reluctant to use this as it also contains a small amount of boric acid and betadine.
I am really frustrated with this chronic ear infection and don't understand why it keeps cominh back. Through the course of being owned by Lucy we have had our share of yeast infections and other ailments typical to the breed. I have never experienced a condition such as this that just won't go away. I am also very displeased with my vet. The clavamox was $75 a script. When I voiced my concern about the cost with poor results free generic drugs were made available. Looks like I will be shopping for a new vet!
Any guidance, help or useful suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Also - I live in the Pittsburgh, Pa area. Should anyone here know of a breed specific ve in my area please let me know. I have not found one - the ones I have called in my area tell me their expetise allows them to treat all breeds.