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Ricky was sent home with us from a breeder with a stage 3 ear infection (stage 4 being the worst). Ricky had been examined by the breeder's Vet just a week before and was given a clean bill of health. After 3 or 4 days in our house, we took him to our Vet because he was constantly scratching at his ear and also, it smelled bad. Our Vet was very critical of the other Vet because he said it usually took a month for an ear infection to reach stage 3. He said Ricky's health inspection had not been done thoroughly. He put Ricky on antibiotics for a week and directed us to use Epi-Otic ear cleaner on a daily basis during that week. That fixed Ricky right up a week later.
Our Vet recommended we continue to use the Epi-Otic on a monthly basis as a prophylactic, which we have done ever since. Ricky tolerates it well. You squeeze a few drops directly into each ear canal and them massage the ear duct between the ear and mouth until you hear a "squishing" sound, to make sure the cleaner is well distributed into the duct. Ricky gets a cookie after the treatment.
Havanese can be prone to ear infections because of long hair at the ear canal opening. Like Karen, I suggest you take your dog to the Vet for an examination and treatment. Ear infections can be nasty and should be treated immediately.
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