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pulling of ear hair
Well, I went to the vet yesterday for D's shot and while I was there I asked them to trim his nails and pull the hair out of his ears. The tech brought him back to me and we left.
Last night, poor django was up from 2:00 a.m. He was doing that motion where dogs rub their ears and faces along the ground. At the same time, his little bottom would jump up from side to side. THis would last a minute, then he would settle, then it would start again, then he would settle. This went on all night. He was also very clingy. I was able to video tape it with the plan of calling the vet first thing this morning and having something to show her. Needless to say neither of us got a good night sleep.
I took him to the vet (my #3 at the clinic when #1 and 2 aren't available) and she looked at his chart and the video and said it must be his ears. A quick look and she said they were so inflamed they would thrown a grown man to the ground. So, now we are on prednisone (for the ears not for the addisons) along with Tramadol for pain for the next couple of days. she said once he stops doing his little "I'm in pain" dance to stop the meds. Hopefully by the weekend.
When I took him to have his teeth cleaned a few months ago I asked the vet to also clean his ears. He said the hair was so compacted in his ears he was concerned that his eardrums could have been damaged. They weren't thank goodness. He had not had his ears cleaned in months mainly because it's painful. So what's an owner to do? The vet said to have his ears checked with each visit and only clean them when needed but she wasn't a big fan of hair pulling.