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Nellie is having some 'problems' with her ears. I say 'problems' because she is not shaking or scratching her head, the outer ear is no longer inflamed nor gunky and her swobs show no infection.
She does however have a lot of gunk in her ears when looking down with the scope. I see this as expected as I suspect she had an infection and although we were given drops we were not told to cleanse the ears in any way - so is it a surprise some gunk has lingered? :?

Anyway, Nellies is registered at 2 vets practices - one I used just for puppy vaccs and her passport (cheaper and better vaccine courses) the other is for medical issues. However as the ear issue cropped up on a vaccine visit she has been seeing our vaccine vet.

So, can I take her to the other vets practice to see what they think of her ears? Is this unethical, do I have to mention she's seen another vet?
 

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I self referred with Indie when she had her cruciate problem, and was getting nowhere waiting for the referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. I just phoned the other vet and explained the situation, they phoned me back and said they would fit her in for surgery the following day if it was required. At that point I didn't intend to switch across completely, but ended up doing so because my first vet became awkward and even sent me a bill for a repeat visit which they had said they wouldn't charge me for initially.

I think as long as you tell the vet you are getting a second opinion from that you have been getting the advice/treatment from another vet, then there isn't a problem, they may even phone the other vet up and ask for notes to compare. Nellie is your dog and it's your decision entirely, you obviously want to make sure you get the best and most appropriate treatment for any health issues, and no vet should disagree with that.
 

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i don't find it unethical at all, in fact I'd be doing the same thing!
Especially as you're like me, and you know all the names & dosages of the medicines she's been prescribed, you can give the other vet a full history.
 

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I can't see any reason for not taking her to the other vet BUT I think you'll need to mention what treatment she's had so far or they may just duplicate it. As you've got the probability of ear flushing and a GA if you stick with the first vet's opinion, then I think a 2nd opinion would be of great value - even if if they end up agreeing with the first one.
 

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Thanks everyone.
Well I've just made an appointment, the only thing I could get is tonight. I didn't mention it's a 2nd opinion, but will do when I see the vet (and hope they're not funny about it)

I really don't want to upset vaccine vet as we're in the middle of our pet passport with them (and i've paid in full)....though it's all on hold now until she is fully fit and healthy.
 

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I would tell my vet that I`m taking the dog to another for a second opinion, you are entitled to do this, as Ness says Nellie is your dog and you want to know whats wrong with her ears.

Saying that you shouldn`t try and clean her ears other than on the outer parts of the inside if that makes sense, have you tried Thornit?, its not something I`ve used myself but have heard its praises sung on LF, apparently it will draw all the gunk from the inside of the ear which can then be cleaned up.
 

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Thanks Mary - I used thornit when I first noticed her gunky ears weeks ago.....there is a little bit of me that wonders if it's caused some reaction as he ears flared up from a bit dirty to horrid and inlfalmed.

I know what you mean about not cleaning the insides but what I meant was I haven't been giving a cleanser by the vets at all. When Basils had ear infections I've always been given a cleanser to swill in first and then the drops on top - Nellies just had drops :?
 

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I agree, it's not at all unethical to want another vet opinion, she's your dog after all :)

I've not yet referred from one conventional vet to another, but I have referred to a holistic vet various times.

I think I would mention to the vet you're seeing tonight, that you have already seen one vet as they may want/need to get hold of Nellie's history. I know with our referrals our usual vet faxes the history over to the holistic vet when I ask.

Good luck :flower:
 
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