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|My Lab shakes her head, scratches her ear, etc...Any suggestions?|
You have a tough one. Do you have any other Vet's in your area
that you can call and maybe get a better price, to perform a culture?
Your Lab can have ear problems for many different reasons. Allergies, Parasites, bacteria, yeast, Foreign objects, Trauma, Hormones, excess moisture, hereditary, immune conditions, tumors and the list goes on...
Because there are many potential causes of ear problems, Vet's cannot just say it's one thing, dispense medications, and your Lab's ear problem will go away. This is why your Vet may of wanted to perform a culture.
Dark, creamy wax that resembles peanut butter and smells like yeast...could mean your Lab has a yeast infection, particularly if she had been in the water.
If her ear canal is red and there's moist yellow paste maybe even with
a fruity or strong smell this could indicate a bacterial infection which may require oral or topical antibiotics
If you Lab is shaking her head, vomiting and may appear uncoord- inated this could be a middle and inner ear concern.
Here are some links that I hope can help!
a 16 month old female black lab. She has an ear condition: shakes
head, scratches ear, etc. Over the counter solutions relieve condition
a few days. Vet wants over $150 to sedate and take a culture. I suspect because so many Labs have ear problems there's a common and likely diagnosis. I'd like to treat for the
most common reason for this