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Psuedomonas

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Lubbeelou, Aug 1, 2009.


  1. Lubbeelou

    Lubbeelou PetForums Newbie

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    My poor baby Daisy has Pseudomonas in both of her ears, we have managed to get rid of it in her right ear.

    She has been booked in for 1st Sept for an operation on her left ear...It means she will be deaf...

    I feel so guilty, taking away her hearing and I know that there is no other choice.

    I wanted to know if there are any other dog owners with deaf dogs to see how they cope because I'm really worried about her.

    Everyone keeps saying that it's only the one ear which is fair enough but I'm really worried that it's going to come back in her right ear and she will need the operation in her right ear...

    I just need some reassurance that she will be ok, I know that her other senses will take over and her right ear can hear more than both of ours put together but I'm still worried...

    My Dad doesn't seem to have a problem with it but it's not that she has to have the operation because I want her to be happy and healthy more than anything...It's just that she will be deaf.
     
  2. davehyde

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    so sorry to hear this.

    may i ask how did they treat the clear ear and for how long and what with?

    some pseudomonas are almost immortal and resistant to most antibiotics and need definitive treatment with certain medications.

    here is an extract from a vetinary site, ask your vet if he has considered these treatments already. he may well have done, but it might be worth a shot if you can dave the dogs hearing.

    hope it helps.




    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a very special species of bacteria; it is resistant to almost every possible antibiotic. It is common for ear infections to be recurrent and in time, many antibiotics have been used. The unfortunate tendency is for most bacteria to be killed off, leaving infection with the very resistant and practically immortal (not to mention especially smelly and purulent) Pseudomonas.

    If one is lucky, a culture of the ear discharge will reveal that the Pseudomonas is still sensitive to oral quinolone antibiotics such as enrofloxacin or orbifloxacin. It should be noted that especially high doses of this type of antibiotic are needed to treat Pseudomonas in the ear and that inadequate dosing will just make Pseudomonas even more resistant. In other words, Pseudomonas must be treated definitively from the moment it is diagnosed; once it becomes resistant to oral therapy, treatment becomes vastly more difficult.

    Oral therapy is generally combined with some kind of topical treatment of the ear. Fortunately there are several concoctions that should be useful though some your vet must mix him/herself.

    Silvadene/silver sulfadiazine

    This product is manufactured as a wound creme and is especially helpful in hastening the healing of damaged external tissues. It also has activity against several bacteria including Pseudomonas. The creme can be prepared in water for an easier ear administration. This is an especially helpful product if the Pseudomonas is resistant to topical antibiotics.

    Tris-EDTA

    EDTA is a binder of metals which are important to the bacterial cell wall. Tris is used to buffer the EDTA to a pH that is not irritating to the ear and to maximize the anti-bacterial effect. Using Tris-EDTA gives extra power to the topical antibiotics used concurrently.

    Injectable Medications

    It would be unusual for a Pseudomonas species to be resistant to absolutely everything. While there may not be an oral treatment available, sometimes an owner may be taught to give injectable treatments. These are often expensive, however. These same medications can also be mixed up for topical use; many are already available as commercially prepared solutions.

    Chronic ear infections, as mentioned, typically have an underlying cause (usually allergy). It is important to address this problem in addition to the infection itself so as to minimize on-going ear inflammation.




    Ear infections can be especially frustrating as they have the ability to draw out for months, even years, even with the best of treatment. It is important to have a logical approach, to know what sort of infection is present, to do proper home care regularly, and to have regular recheck appointments. If a patient has a history of particularly stubborn ear infections or numerous recurrences, treatment focus shifts to prevention, such as weekly ear disinfection, once the acute infection is eliminated.
     
  3. Lubbeelou

    Lubbeelou PetForums Newbie

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    She has had ear problems ever since she was born and has been having drops since sometime last summer.

    We have been treating her with various drops and tablets because of the immunity to the antibiotics.

    They have taken several swabs to see about the sensitivity towards the antibiotics.

    We did get referred to The Small Animal Hospital at Bristol University where they are specialised in dermatology etc..

    She has had her ears flushed out two or three times with different treatments afterwards.

    The vet at the hospital has said that she will be a happier dog once the operation has been done. We are going to ask our local vet to give her regular check-ups to keep an eye on it.

    This is why I want to see how other dogs have coped after this operation or after losing their hearing.
     
  4. Lubbeelou

    Lubbeelou PetForums Newbie

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    Also I forgot to mention that she has never had any discharge or a smell from her ears..
     
  5. rona

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    I think it may take a little time for her to adjust to the loss of hearing in one ear but I would not have thought she would suffer any distress because of it.
    Many dogs adjust to loss of hearing in later life, admittedly they usually loose it over a period of time, but they cope quite well.
    It's the owners that have more of a problem, when they are calling their dog and not getting any response. That can seem a little alarming at times, but we all work it out in the end
     
  6. Lubbeelou

    Lubbeelou PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks...I do feel a little better about it now and they are going to talk us through the procedure before hand..
    She is already more active because her right ear is better :D She does go crazy now so what is she going to be like when she is completely better!! I can't wait though to get rid of it once and for all.
     
  7. Lubbeelou

    Lubbeelou PetForums Newbie

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    Just to update:

    She had the operation unfortunately. She had it Tuesday and came back home today. They are impressed with her behaviour after the op, they moved her into a proper kennel.

    She is bruised quite a bit and it looks nasty, her ear is now lower than the other one because they have literally taken the whole ear out.

    Once her hair has grown back you won't be able to notice so much.
    She's got to go back to the vets for a check-up in 3 days and then again to have her stitches out in 10 days.

    Thanks for your help :)
     
  8. Lubbeelou

    Lubbeelou PetForums Newbie

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    Well it's been almost, if not a year since her op and there are no repercussions *touches wood*!!

    She is more lively than ever and you wouldn't believe that she only has one ear!!

    I'm so happy now that we can play with her normally without her being in any pain!
     
  9. momentofmadness

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    Thats great news... How bout some pics of the girlie in question? x
     
  10. Lubbeelou

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