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Somehow Gizmo has developed an ear infection. When we got home from vacation (about 2 weeks ago), I noticed his ear was really dirty. We wanted to have him groomed, so I told the groomer that his ear was dirty and to be sure she cleaned it well. When we picked him up she told us that it looked really bad, not just dirty and he probably had an ear infection. We checked it when we got home and called the vet first thing the following morning.
The vet's assistant cleaned his ear and they checked the gunk under a microscope. Yup, he has an infection. As it turned out, it's a staph infection. This is very dangerous for Terry since he has no immune system because of the chemo he went through and staph is very dangerous. So Terry needs to stay away from cleaning or touching the ear and I need to wash very well after treating the ear. The vet gave us medicine and rubber gloves (just in case) and told us to come back in a week.
I cleaned his ear and put in the medicine each day the following week. Once in awhile, the ear looked like it had been bleeding a little. That really scared me. When we took him back for a check-up, they cleaned the ear again. The vet said it looked better, but was not healed. So, Gizmo got an anti-inflamatory shot and we got more meds for the ear.
Gizmo is absolutley perfect when we clean and treat his ear. He leans into it, actually...must feel good. We go back on Friday for another re-check. It keeps getting gunky and I clean it out.
I know I read that Poodles are prone to ear problems. The groomer does pluck the hair from his ears, but somehow he still got an infection. I'm not sure how or why he got this. He had been given a bath by the boarding place before we picked him up after vacation. Maybe they didn't dry his ears good. Maybe it was something that just "happened". Maybe he scratched his ear and it got bacteria in the scratch. I really don't know. I just hope that it clears up soon.