Ear Ablation Surgery - Anyone Have Experience/Advice To Share?
My mother's 4 yr. old cocker spaniel, Dempsey, has been plagued with severe ear infections for most of his young life. We have gone through many series of drops/meds and have made dietary changes in case the ear infections were related to food allergies.
I have great confidence in our vet who has treated my animals for 20+ years. He said Dempsey's case is one of the worse he has seen and his recommendation is to take the severe measure of ear surgery that would remove all the damaged, calcified tissue which is, essentially, the whole inner ear.
This is a very expensive surgery, performed by a specialist - approx. $2,000 per ear - and it often leaves the dog deaf, although a dog who has had such severe ear infections over the years has likely suffered hearing loss already.
I'm very torn about this and hope that someone out there has experience to share. My internet searches have yielded a lot of clinical info, but I'd love to hear from someone with firsthand knowledge.
BTW, my mom is elderly and I am the one who has been responsible for Dempsey's vet/grooming appts. & associated costs. She wants me to make the decision...
Would appreciate any help.