After my recent post about Ollie, and his sudden tendency to bark at strange times, I thought I would update you on his progress. I mentioned I was treating him for an ear infection. I was using medication bought the last time it happened, in mid-summer. But his ear was not improving at all, and it became obvious that he would have to have both steroids to reduce the swelling and itching, as well as oral antibiotics to fight the nasty stuff inside.
I managed to get a Vet appointment on Thursday. He took one look at Ollie’s swollen ear, and immediately prescribed the usual tablets, advising me not to use any drops inside his ear for at least ten days, until the swelling had gone down. I mentioned the barking at night, and it was his opinion that the ear infection was the cause. This would make Ollie hear sounds differently, and not recognising them, he would bark at something normally familiar. And if he happened to be lying on his ‘good ear’, he would hear nothing at all, so might bark in distress at being ‘deaf’. Apparently, dogs that lose their hearing often bark constantly, especially as they cannot hear the sound of their own bark, which confuses them. Ten minutes later, and £118 ($149) worse off, we were back in the car.
So, two days on the tablets, and a great improvement already. No more trying to scratch his ear, and greatly reduced head shaking too. By the time he has finished a seven-day course, it should have cleared up completely. Until the next time. One delight for Ollie is that I wrap his tablets in slices of cheap ham. Otherwise, he will spit them out. In the ‘ham-wrap’, he just swallows them immediately.
So he gets a food bonus, along with the tablets to make him better.