On Saturday, Huxley and Brychwyn kept coming over to me to sniff and lick my left ear. I wasn't shaking my head or scratching at it but they wouldn't leave it alone. My ears were cleaned only a few days ago and they looked alright (quite nice, actually, if I don't say so myself.) There was nothing that the inferior noses of the humans could smell but my fellow canines knew something was wrong. My ears got thoroughly cleaned again (which I did not like but I got a salmon treat after so it turned out okay) and a little bitter spray was applied to keep my canine brothers from bugging me so much. Yesterday, I got another seemingly obsessive left ear sniff and some licks from Huxley during our afternoon romp. My left ear was a bit dirty, yet not smelly to the humans, and the right ear was spotless. Bethany called the vet.
So I got up early this morning and went to the vet. I have a tiny bacterial infection in my left ear. This isn't a chronic thing for me so there isn't too much to worry about. I do not like that I have to have this cold ointment in my ear once a day but as long as I get my salmon treat after I will allow it. I am so thankful to my canine brothers for alerting me and, most especially, the humans that something was not right. It wasn't bothering me yet, but it would have. Even the vet said it is nice that we caught it early and we didn't have to deal with head shaking and scratching. Isn't is amazing that dogs noses and canine intuition can detect problems early? Have your dogs or other pets ever detected problems in you or other pets before symptoms appeared?
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4/9/2013 05:05:26 pm
Thanks, Ann. If Shiner would ever like to borrow my brothers for ear infection detecting, licking or just some romping and tugging, let me know. I might enjoy the peace and quiet for a little while.
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