There is a really nasty ear bug doing the rounds at the moment. The normal treatment from the vets is canaural ear drops, or surolan ear drops for dogs. Ordinarily this will do the job and you will see a result almost immediately. However, a nasty aggressive bug that is doing the rounds is actually immune to both these treatments. If you notice a further reddening of the ear flaps and a really black wax type substance starting to form after you have given the treatment of the two above then go back to the vets! Remember dog ear infestations can be very distressing for both dog and you, so this information might just save you months of suffering!
The vet may insist on sending a swab off. Unfortunately if you have been using the above ear drops then the lab report comes back inconclusive. You will need to withdraw all treatment for a week, and then send the swab. I would hope however that the vet would take your word for it, based on my experience, and prescribe you with ear drops called Aurizon. This is the only treatment that kills just about anything.
If your dog is unfortunate to get this then the ear canal and flaps are extremely sore. The ear cleaner that the vet prescribe can be very harsh and will sting! This is where the problem lies. You have somehow got to clean as much of the gunk out of the ear as possible, fortunately, I found wet cotton wool did the trick as the Aurizon worked its magic. Within about 4 days, the inflammation will start to subside. It is at this point that our gentle ear cleaner comes into its own.
It is very important that if you have got an ear infestation not to use our cleaner! I really can’t speak for the vets version, but I do know that most will sting. If you use ours you could make the situation a lot worse as these nasty bugs thrive on moisture. Ours is a gentle natural ear cleaner and is extremely good at doing its job. It will take out debris but of course it will also strip out the medication. If the bug is still alive you could inadvertently be feeding them!
My vet actually suggests using a very dilute Hibiscrub for a couple of days. Whatever you use be guided by the vet, but also speak to them and tell them that the advice I got was to allow the Aurixon to work before you start messing around with too much cleaner!