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Ear Infection? Green Hard Buildup

alphadox

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Hello! My one sow is dealing with some sort of an ear issue.

First about a week ago or so her left ear was twitching and she scratched at it. Also she was not happy with it being touched. I then saw this green thing in the ear and she kicked it out. Figured it could be a buildup of hay but made the vet appointment. I didn't have the green piece but had taken photos. She was seen 3 days later and the vet did not see green buildup, but based on the photos, tested for ear mites which were not found. The vet gave week prescription for one drop twice daily of Tobramycin. There was supposed to be improvement right away, but just today there was another green piece of the same size. This time I was able to get her to kick it out and saved it into a clear bag--also more photos.

The vet said to contact if there was no improvement for probably an oral antibiotic which I will do tomorrow morning. I am worried because I have asked multiple places and found no one having had this same thing---until one thread on here and the piggie died. The thread is this one . It seems the ear issue is the same but not the other issues the guinea pig had--at least so far. The thread ending said the ears were not looked at or really found out the cause. Suspected though was an ear infection.

Can anyone relate to this issue exactly?

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Hi!

It looks to me like some food has got stuck in the ear? Unfortunately, I do not have the experience to recommend any treatment, either, as it is so uncommon.
 

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Hi!

It looks to me like some food has got stuck in the ear? Unfortunately, I do not have the experience to recommend any treatment, either, as it is so uncommon.
I was hoping so at first, but it has reproduced and the green color seems bacterial. There is no smell, but if it is crushed it becomes like hard crystals.

I will absolutely update here with results for others to learn. I am staying positive since there are no further symptoms.
 

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I was hoping so at first, but it has reproduced and the green color seems bacterial. There is no smell, but if it is crushed it becomes like hard crystals.

I will absolutely update here with results for others to learn. I am staying positive since there are no further symptoms.
I am very sorry; but it sounds like one of these extremely rare issues that in the past have often remain a mystery and are not much known even now. :(
 

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So sorry your girl isn't well. It is a mystery isn't it. Will be interested to find out what the issue is.
 

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UPDATE

No improvement after the drops. The blockage is now everyday with no other symptoms in the one ear--- besides ear twitch and sensitivity.

Now vet has given Sulfatrim for a week with Benebac. I am so worried for her.

I also located another thread with similar ear and result of death.

More pics. Will update hopefully with better news.
 

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Update

No change so far. Vet has given additional week of the medicine. Then another appointment five days later maybe do swab and lab but will take long to get results.
 

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I was checking the ears again, massaging gunk out when possible, and noticed something I did not before. The problem ear seems to have a bumpy like thing while the other ear does not. Are the ears usually like this? I attached best comparison of ears I could. If not normal I might show the vet. I just don't know if the ear always had this texture.
 

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