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Growth on inside of dog's right ear

by Nicki Hughes
(Brora, Sutherland, North Scotland)



Tommy
Tommy modelling a harness for our charity gift shop

Tommy, 2 1/2 year old Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel developed a growth on the inside of his right ear 6 days ago. Initially thought he had grazed the ear scratching it but the growth has increased in height and over the last 2 days it has widened at the base. There is nothing to show or feel on the other side of the ear leather, the growth seems originate from the skin, it does not move.


He does occasionally scratch it - only a few times a day though.

Tommy was bred by me, he lives with my husband and myself, and two litter sisters, in a rural area of North Scotland, United Kingdom.

He had an easy whelping, was a good feeder, very advanced puppy for his age.

Tommy has NEVER been vaccinated, but has had homoeopathic nosodes which protected them all when they were heavily exposed to Parvovirus at 8 months old - stopping with a friend with who had about 7 dogs ranging from 8 months to 8 years, and a litter of 12 week old puppies. The day we left the first puppy started getting ill, we'd been there for 5 days. We had a frantic month waiting to see if ours would fall ill, gave them remedies to boost their immune systems etc - we did not have a single day of illness!

Friend lost 3 puppies, almost lost 3 of her under 1 year olds and puppies' Mum - they were only saved as they were put on remedies too.


Tommy was exposed to kennel cough at about 6 months, developed swollen glands, treated with antibiotics and did not develop further symptoms.

Fed a good quality kibble with some raw foods now know that is not a good idea until about 15 months ago, currently fed K9natural dehydrated raw, and chicken wings or necks. Supplemented with Carob flour, Yumega plus oil, a few garlic granules. Treats all homemade - dried liver, salmon, chicken or rabbit. Give half a rice cake at bedtime as otherwise they suffer from "gurgly bellies" - known in Cavalier circles as Cavalier colic. Also tend to eat grass. Given raw vegetables and fruit as treats - no onions, citrus, grapes etc.

Poor eater until about 9 months when he suddenly got the idea, and now has a very good appetite.

I take care of their teeth, cleaned every day, give Fragaria in the water bowl and also use Plaque off seaweed based on their food.

Tommy was neutered at about 16 months.

He is shy intially with strangers but quickly makes friends and is then his usual very friendly, happy, loving self. He is very affectionate and a bit clingy, likes to be touching you all the time. He does not like being cold, the three of them cuddle up on the sofa if it's cold! Also not keen on rain!

Was MRI'd at 8 months for Syringomyelia, like most Cavaliers he has the Chiari-like malformation of the skull,
no syrinxes or central canal dilatation, does have moderate dilated ventricles, also otitis media with effusion - PSOM - exudate in ear canalsin both ears. He does scratch a bit a couple of times a day but only at his left ear, believed to be caused by this. Mild deafness but no other symptoms.

Not sure if you will be familiar with this condition, more info here http://veterinary-neurologist.co.uk/

For background: One litter sister has moderate Syringomyelia-like symmptoms caused by "just" the malformation - MRI'd July 2011; the other has similar symptoms but has not yet been MRI'd. Both parents were MRI'd scanned prior to breeding, and given the top rating, sadly 15-25% of offspring will still go on to be affected, there were 7 puppies in this litter.

I do not use any conventional parasite control measures, having previously had a Cavalier with epilepsy. We use Neem products in the summer, amethyst crystal in the water bowl, regular grooming and vacuuming, and careful inspection of coat and skin. We do not use anything like Heartguard due to our georgraphic location.

I do occasionally use Thornit to clean the ears but rarely for Tommy as he has nice wide open canals so does not tend to have any problems - haven't used this for several months on him. He hasn't been bathed for a few months, just a weekly underneath wash with baby bath, as like most boys, he gets a bit smelly otherwise!

I hope this is adequate information, and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.

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Dec 07, 2011
My Online Vet Response for: Growth on inside of dog's right ear
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Nicki,
Great photos of Tommy!! And using the ruler to gauge the size of the growth is outstanding. It appears to be approximately 1/3" in diameter, if you had it on the 'inch' side of the ruler. If that is correct, and this grew to that size in only 6 days, I would be more concerned that it is a reaction to an insect bite or sting.

It almost appears as if it is a 'corn', in which you could peel it out of the surrounding skin. I do not know if you have tried that, or if it is painful to the touch (I would suggest applying some olive oil to the area first to soften it before attempting to squeeze it).

If this is in fact a growth or cyst, then from the excellent history you have related, mild affliction with syringomyelia (with moderate dilation of the ventricles) PSOM (primary secretory otitis media) with ear wax increased, mild deafness, sensitive to cold, does not like rain, had been a poor eater, and had kennel cough with swollen glands, I would advise giving him the homeopathic remedy Calcarea carbonica 12c potency, two times daily for 3 - 6 weeks. You can give it in the dry pellet form, one pellet by mouth (away from meal times) two times daily. Or dissolve one pellet in a 2 oz dropper bottle and fill with Spring Water. Give 1/2 dropperful by mouth 2 times daily.

Otherwise, I have no other advice, since you are feeding him well, taking care of his teeth, not vaccinating him and using all natural remedies! And you have him on a harness, to prevent any further problems with his head or neck area!

You wrote,
"I do not use any conventional parasite control measures... and We do not use anything like Heartguard due to our geographic location."
I would suggest taking in a stool sample yearly just to make sure he is parasite free (Or at least a sample from one of your dogs, if one is negative, I would assume they all are).

As a precautionary note, it may be the photo is not completely representative of this growth, or Tommy has some other symptoms that you have not mentioned, but which a holistic veterinarian would notice on physical exam. Therefore, if there is NO response to the Calcarea carb 12c in 3 weeks or so, and if you are able to locate a holistic veterinarian in your area to guide you along in Tommy's treatment with homeopathic remedies, that may be the best course of action.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO

Dec 07, 2011
My Online Vet Response for: Growth on inside of dog's right ear PART TWO
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Nicki,

Here is the rest of my response:

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

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Dec 07, 2011
Reply
by: Nicki

Thank you so much for your reply. The ruler is actually metric, growth is about 7.5mm wide at the base.

The scab on top came off today, there is a tiny hole in the centre. I'm pretty sure it's not an insect bite, certainly doesn't look like anything I've encountered like that before.

It's not sore to touch but is if you try to pull at it. I have ordered some Calc carb and will update you with how we get on :)

Unfortunately we are hundreds of miles from a holistic vet.

Thank you for your wonderful website and service.

Best wishes, Nicki

Dec 07, 2011
My Online Vet Response for: Growth on inside of dog's right ear
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Nicki,

You wrote,
"The ruler is actually metric, growth is about 7.5mm wide at the base."

OK, then it is smaller than what I originally thought. Good. I suspect that it may be some type of infected oil/sebaceous gland.

And now that the scab has come off, it looks like Tommy is trying to heal it up on his own! The Calc carb should help with some of his other issues.

Keep us posted on the dates you give it (perhaps in three weeks or so), and we can monitor how he is doing. I can evaluate what needs to be done next.

Please come back to this page and click the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Dec 17, 2011
UPDATE
by: Anonymous

The bad news is that despite my homoeopathic supplier sending the remedy TWICE, it still has not arrived :( [Christmas post is a nightmare in the UK]

The good news is that Tommy is doing a great job of healing it by himself! The first scab came off, and then it scabbed over again. When that one came off, there was no longer any sign of a wound. Over the last few days the growth has shrunk in size and looks like it will soon disappear totally :)

Thank you for your help, I will still give him the remedy [when it arrives!] and let you know if I see any changes. In the meantime, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Kind regards

Nicki


Dec 18, 2011
My Online Vet Response for: Growth on inside of dog's right ear
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Nicki,
Sounds like your dog is doing fine by herself. If you ever receive the remedy, keep us posted on the date you give it, and a follow-up about 3 weeks after.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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