I cleaned Eddy's ears on Sunday... I clean them every, well, whenever I remember, probably 12 or more days. After this round, though, he seemed really bothered, shaking his head, itching, etc. etc. I'm like, "Great this'll be trip #3 to the vet for the month of June." Sigh.
I figured there was too much moisture in there, and he couldn't quite shake it out, so I tried sopping "it" up with a dry cotton ball as deep as I dared (I'm terrified of going too far), flexing his ears around to get "it" moving around, then left them alone. For a couple days. Well, today he was still shaking his head and shoving his toes in that right ear. The other ear's perfectly fine.
Soooo brought him into the vet, have to deal with everyone being like, "OMG corgi ahhh cuuute", and picking him up and freaking out, which I usually expect and don't mind in public, because he is so adorable and everyone is so jealous, but it's like, "Hello, I'm at the vet so there's probably something wrong with my dog, can you not see him shaking his head and acting all sad and itchy? What if he was really sick and puked or poo'd all over you??"
Anyways, the doc said his ear was "just red all the way down", but there was no blood or discharge. Eddy was really squirmy with her. So I held his head firmly for her, stretched open his ear myself, and pointed out the unusually massive flakes and gobs. She scraped out 3 Q-tips worth of some nasty wax and flakes, and wondered what cleanser I use, and wondered if he is allergic. $50 later, I leave with anti-inflammatory ear cream.
I called her back and recited, "Gold Metal Pets, Clean Ears with Soothing Aloe. Contains Dicotyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate. No other ingredients are listed on the bottle."
She said, "Ah some dogs are allergic to DSS. Don't use that cleanser anymore, get one that doesn't contain DSS."
We say good-bye. But of course, I'm thinking, "Why didn't the other ear flame up? And I've been using the same bottle since he was 12 weeks old. I clean him the same way every time, 2 slightly damp cotton balls per ear. Why is he now 'allergic to DSS'?" Gah. Well it's not like I'm going to disobey her orders.