|For several years Derby's Vet had been treating her for mites - ear mites...what dog, or cat doesn't have, or get them?
At first it's ear drops prescribed by the Vet, or regular dousing with vinegar as suggested by friends, or the internet, which we didn't do, but did keep her ears clear of hair, plucking, plucking, plucking....Then when that didn't seem to work, the Vet prescribes anti-biotics, pills of all sorts. For years plucking, applying ear drops, rinses, and pills - nothing.
In the meantime, inside your pals head, little demons are at work, eating, gnawing away, driving him, or her to distraction with pain. Nibble, nibble, nibble...these little Langolier Pacman like things working away inspite of all the medication, and treatments.
The poor little thing would shake her head so vigorously, exhausting herself to the point of almost shaking herself off her feet to rid herself of this curse.
In humans it's called "Swimmer's Ear", and serious enough to be fatal in the case of a diabetic. Derby is diabetic, but nothing could be found to indicate such a fate for animals. How'd she get it?...she's not a "swimmer", but she is a "rubber"...loving to rub her head in anything that's odorous, and dead...like worms, frogs, etc. She loves running in shallow water like found alongside the road after a rain, or a lawn that has been sprinkled. She did once, or twice try to wade into a shallow pond full of algae, though other dogs have been seen swimming in it with no serious consequences.
How did Derby contract this insidious thing? Who knows. However, the reason for her discomfort...to put it mildly, rose it's ugly head literally, just about a week after the Vet gave her her annual physical, which pronounced her "healthy". When attempting to administer the ever necessary ear drops, all of a sudden we couldn't get them into her ear. Seemingly over night both ears were blocked by this most horrible of growths: