Ollie’s Ears (Again)

Just before we went on holiday in September, Ollie had a bad infection in his left ear. I took him to the Vet, and they tried a new gel treatment, administered directly into his ear. It worked so well, he was on the mend within 24 hours, and by the time of the second dose a week later, completely cured.

That was only a month ago, but Ollie started to shake his head again last Wednesday. By Thursday, he was hanging his head to the right, and that ear felt hot. Out on his walk, he started to rub the right ear against anything he could find, followed by frantic shaking of his whole head.

So I arranged to get him to the Vet last Friday, and another dose of the gel was given, into the right ear this time. That evening, he calmed down considerably, and by Saturday afternoon, he was even quite playful.

Next Thursday, I have to take him back for the second dose, as it can only be given by a qualified Vet. This is nothing short of miraculous though, as previous treatment involved 10 days of antibiotic and steroid tablets, which became increasingly difficult to get him to take.

If you have a dog that is prone to ear infections, ask your Vet about this product.
(I gain nothing from this recommendation, just so you know.)

67 thoughts on “Ollie’s Ears (Again)

  1. Good for Ollie. My dog was shaking her head like crazy once. It turned out she had been stung by a wasp and had an allergic reaction. Imagine my surprise when the vet gave her Benadryl.

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  2. Gel in the ear is so much easier, on you and on Ollie. If you have to do this once a month, it sure beats what you did before. Ollie getting quick relief is the best part. Best to you, Pete.

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  3. I must thank the scientists who work on veterinary issues. I have a cousin who does that, though it is for goats, not dogs. It is reassuring that somewhere someone kept trying to find a better solution for dog ear problems and that Ollie has benefited from her research.

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  4. May I enquire what it’s called? Many of the same drugs given to animals are also given to humans. I found out my neighbour’s cat has been on Thyroxine for years, but they pay about 10 times as much for it.

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    1. There is a link above. It is called Osurnia, and it seems that you have to be a Vet to buy it. There is a warning that it can cause blindness to dogs and humans if it gets in the eyes, so I presume that’s why it is not sold on the open market.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Poor Ollie. It must be so frustrating for him to feel this way. Thankfully you and Julie are observant and he gets good care. To have such a speedy recovery must be such a relief.

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