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e. coli ear infection

September 13th, 2007, 07:45 PM
:sad:My Schnauzer, Scooter had an ear inflammation and his regular ear wash was not working to clean his ear. The vet said his canal was almost totally closed and he had to be sedated for him to clean it out. He thought it might be Pseudomonas based on the preliminary slide test but left me a message just now saying the culture came back as e. coli and continue his quinolone therapy. How in the world does one get e.coli bacteria in the ear? Anyone have any ideas?:shrug:

Thanks so much.

September 13th, 2007, 08:54 PM
It's quite unusual that's for sure. I'm thinking he either rolled in some poop with an infectious E.Coli strain or went swimming where it was present in high numbers.

September 14th, 2007, 02:36 PM
Hey Bevin- Sorry to hear about your schnauzer. E-coli is present everywhere. It is only when it enters a area of the body that is vulnerable that it can infect. I say can because alot of the time our own immune response wards it off. The ears are a internal canal so they are often at risk. Not usual to hear that ecoli infection is in the ear.