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    Question Ear Problem ~ Advice please!

    Hi Guys!! OK so.. . . Kosmo and Faith are going to the vet this afternoon. Faith because she has a small luxating patellae and she hasn't been checked since september-ish and I need to make sure it's not getting any worse (I've heard her cry a few times in the last few months) and Kosmo because he has this crazy ear problem.

    Kosmo scratches at his left ear quite a bit. Mostly during the night time.. sometimes during the day. When he scratches, it's prolonged, sometimes for a minute or two. He does make contact with his ear when he scratches, but I've heard him cry a few times before when he scratches at his ear. I'm not so concerned that it is SM although that could in fact be a possibility.. he just doesn't display the symptoms typical with SM. It's just his ear.

    Now here's the thing.. it's always his left ear, and I have cleaned his ears repeatedly. There is absolutely NO smell associated with this. I can't imagine he would be scratching at his ear just for fun, but it's really hard to pinpoint anything when there is no smell, no discoloration, nothing..

    I am worried he might have PSOM, but again, he doesn't display the head tilt, or any hypersensitivities in the area.

    Is there a such thing as a microscopic mite that can't be seen? And if there is, what is the liklihood that it's only affecting one ear and not the other (or Faith for that matter?)

    I am going to the vet this afternoon.. what kinds of questions should I be asking, and what kinds of tests should I insist that they perform?

    This scratching doesn't seem to interfere with his every day life, I just can't help but notice his constant scratching of that ear.

    Thanks,

    Sara
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    Sara, The only suggestion I can make, is to be sure to have a swab done and ask them to look at it under the microscope.

    I also hope Faiths' knee is a temporary problem and doesn't require surgery.

    Hope your vet has an answer for you...and, I hope the pups are feeling better soon.

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    Faith doesn't seem to have much trouble with her knee at all and she jumps on and off of things even though I try to not let her She drives me batty with her zoomies and hopping on and off furniture, up and down stairs, etc. It's impossible to keep her from doing it I just am hoping it's not getting worse.

    Maybe it's just a build up of wax way down in his ear? I have cleaned them and like I said there's no spots of wax or discolored spots on the inside of his ear that I can see, but there's gotta be somethin buggin him, right?

    Thanks for your advice
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    I too hope Faith's knee will be ok without surgery, although even if she does have to have surgery, it's usually very successful. It obviously isn't bothering her too much now, but may be more of a problem as she gets older - my affected dog started having problems at the age of 3/4.

    I do hope that perhaps there is a problem further down Kosmo's ear and that is the cause of the scratching - alternatively have you looked at the outside of the ear? They can get dry flaky skin at the top of the ear, possibly caused by a mite, and that may be the cause.

    Once ear problems have been ruled out, then it would be prudent to print off the information from http://sm.cavaliertalk.com/ and take it to your vet anyway.

    Paws crossed for you that this is something that can be easily resolved.
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    Nicki I am not sure if you know or not, but Kosmo had bi-lateral luxating patella surgery last July and it was VERY successful for us!! I am a huge believer in the surgery, and I had a wonderful surgeon. Thank God for my insurance (the surgery ended up being about $3,500 )

    If Faith has to have surgery, which I am hoping at this point she doesn't, I will do it ASAP because right now I'm out of school and I can stay here with her and help her recover. I have her on a supplement with glucosamine and chondroitin that my vet prescribed to me (boy is that ever expensive ).

    I think I'm going to print off info from PSOM and SM anyways and just bring it in. If nothing else, they can at least keep it on file for a reference.. not only for me, but I know there are other cavaliers that go to my vet office too

    I'm actually not seeing my primary vet today, but it'll be good to get a second opinion.

    Thanks for the crossed paws..mine are crossed too!!
    Sara, mommy to Kosmo ~ 4 year blenheim boy and Faith 3 year b/t girl *rescue*

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    Sorry Sara, I didn't realise that poor Kosmo had to have the surgery - but glad it was so successful for you

    I hope that the supplement will help Faith - it should postpone arthritis too.

    It's a good idea to take the information in to your vets - most are pretty open to learning more about different conditions, obviously they can't be experts on every condition affecting every breed...so they usually appreciate help.

    Thinking about you this pm.
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