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    Update: Bacon had surgery yesterday. He did good! He stayed overnight at the hospital and hopefully we can get him home today. It's going to be a lengthy recovery, but I'm hopeful the outcome will be worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibrakeforbrachys View Post
    Update: Bacon had surgery yesterday. He did good! He stayed overnight at the hospital and hopefully we can get him home today. It's going to be a lengthy recovery, but I'm hopeful the outcome will be worth it.
    Great news! Keep us posted and give him some lovins from us


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Great news! Keep us posted and give him some lovins from us


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    Very very good news...
    Bacon may recover much more quickly than you. Ablation with or without drain tube is usually well-healed in a matter of 10 days...add a few more and stitches come out. It takes longer for the humans to get over how nasty/messy the repair looks than it does for the patient to start feeling better which is almost immediate. Keep an eye out for swelling and increased redness...signs of infection. Again, it will take months for the hair to return and fill in but the time and $ spent should be well worth it!

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    Hope Bacon is doing well today!
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    awww, thanks! He's feeling better every day. He hates the cone but bulldozes his way through everything.

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    Natallia, My Bulldog "Wilson" has both ear canals closed and our Vet. is recommending surgery. Wilson will be eight in Sept 2018. We think that most of his problems are caused by allergies. They also appear to seasonal as is the case with allergies. This spring has been by far the worst for him. We have had him on antibiotics with no improvement. He is now on steroids which appear to help him a lot. I am told that surgery is the long term fix but I am reluctant to put him through it. Do you think that I can keep him on steroids or is surgery the only answer? I would appreciate your opinion.

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    My bulldog Wilson has both ear canals closed and is on steroids which has eased his pain considerably. Wilson will be eight this September. Since you have been through the surgery, do you think it is the only solution? I hate putting him through it. Was the healing painful for Bacon?

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    What is the alternative to the surgery? Steroids are giving Wilson some relief but I guess that is not for the long term?

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    Sorry hon.. Just aw your post. We went with the TECA, because it made sense for us and our situation. Bacon has had multiple and massive infections, and treating them was almost impossible. He is 2 weeks and 3 days post surgery and we are very glad we did it. He's a much happier guy now. You are correct that steroids are not a good long term solution. Talk to your vet, see what you both feel is a good option.

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    Steroids are remarkable for short term relief. We've done low dose for long-term if nothing else works...our most recent case was Dozer who was as bad an allergy boy as can be. He lived to 9 years. The availability of Apoquel has changed that thinking.
    If your boys ear canals are calcified then his only relief will be surgery. True, long-term relief from the constant headache he's having will not come from steroids.
    You might consider Apoquel before going for surgery, however, and if that doesn't do the trick then surgery is your best bet. Unfortunately, anything can happen when performing surgery on a senior dog, Bulldogs being slightly higher risk...but seven+ years is not too old for this surgery if he's in otherwise good shape.

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