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Date Posted: 23:38:53 08/08/03 Fri
Author: Noofies
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Subject: Please get a second opinion
In reply to: Karann 's message, "Soon to be totally deaf" on 15:15:06 08/06/03 Wed

>We just found out that Motar has a birth defect with
>his ears. His ear canals are the size of that which
>belongs to a 40lb dog and he is 123lb. His ear are
>almost totally closed and we were told to take him to
>a specialist to have the ear canal and ear drum
>removed from both ears and have the ears closed. He
>does have a constant discharge from his ears and has
>since he was 6mo.

Please do not rush into this surgery. I had a foster dog who had horrible ear infections, so bad her ear canals were swollen closed over the infection. She was only 7 months old but the vet wanted to do a lateral ear resection on both ears. I brought her home, put her on a grain-free raw diet, and within 2 weeks the ear infections (and discharge) were gone for good. Within a month the swelling of her ear canals had begun to go down, and by the time she was adopted 5 months later her ears were clean, pink, healthy, and the canals were no longer swollen. Please, see another vet and get a second opinion!

If Motar still hears, I would do everything in my power to maintain that for as long as possible. If the surgery is suggested because of the small ear canals and the discharge, I would try non-surgical methods (starting with diet) to clear up the discharge. If you would like more information on diet or other alternatives to surgery, please e-mail me.

Go back to the main page of this forum (click on the Main Index link at the top of the page) and under the Deaf Dogs Discussion banner is a link to "Deaf Dogs Resources". On that page, there's a link to an online American Sign Language browser that has videos of a woman demonstrating each sign in the browser. It's an invaluable resource for learning ASL signs to use with a deaf dog.

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