Turns out that we couldn’t avoid the vet’s office completely. A few days after Sammie’s poop got solid, her right ear started bothering her. She scratched it, she rubbed it against the carpet, she shook her head… When I got her settled down and looked at it, I could see why. It was BLACK – just like when we first brought her home.
I tried cleaning it out, but it didn’t help: it turned black again within a few hours. So I called the vet’s office and took her in Friday after work.
They looked at her left ear first (I think to get a gauge of what ‘normal’ looked like) and then scoped her right ear. As soon as the vet was able to look through the lens, she exclaimed, ‘Yep! That one’s definitely inflamed.’ So she took a sample and examined it under a microscope. The result? FULL of yeast.
Like last time, we are to do a Ket flush twice a day and apply medicine once a day after the flush. Sammie hates it, but she always offers up her right ear to me (so it HAS to make her feel better, right?).
So far, so good! Instead of two cotton balls to clean it out, it’s only taking one. And they aren’t coming out nearly as disgusting as they did that first day or two. She has a follow-up appointment a week from today to make sure she’s cleared of yeast and to decide if we need to continue with the medicine, how often we need to do the flush, etc.
Poor girl! If it’s not one thing, it’s another…