Posted : 10/20/2008 3:14:32 PM
I hope the vet did antibiotics for that ear infection too??
Unfortunately the problem is that many times when ears are infected and have been so long term (hence the ear canals being swollen) there is often an UNDERLYING infection that is bacterial in nature and frankly if no antibiotic was given PLEASE get a vet to do a culture and sensitivity on that ear without further delay (another whole topic but I had a cocker who lost his ears to such similar treatment -- the ear canal may look better and there can STILL be underlying infection that is raging).
The bump on the eyelid yes, can certainly be a follow-on. Prednisone suppresses the immune system so while you are using the pred in one area to reduce inflammation (the ears) there can be a bacterial heyday in other areas of the body.
Given that this came up SO fast I would waste no time getting to the vet a.s.a.p. and not only have the cyst on the eye investigated but also ASK (don't just refer to it -- ASK PLEASE) for a "culture and sensitivity" to be done on the ears (both of them). That will tell you specifically not only what bacteria may be underneath (which could spread to the eye/respiratory system fast) but what antibiotics the resultant bacteria may be sensitive to and treated with so they don't waste time on a lesser antibiotic than will work.
We battled ear infections for a long time on again and off again and I **never knew** there was such a thing as a 'difference' between a yeast ear infection and a bacterial one nor that one could piggy back on the other.
My dog ultimately had to have both ears removed in a procedure called a bi-lateral ear ablation. His ears swelled shut and altho we got respite for a while ultimately they shut down and we knew he was in a lot of pain. Honestly we never knew how *much* pain he had been in long term until AFTER the surgeries were done. Suddenly we had a "puppy" on our hands were an "old dog" had seemed to be.
Yes, it deafened him -- no problem for him, he learned signs and learned to lip read -- yes he did. But I SO wish someone had gotten in MY face and said "DO THIS" -- I might have been able ot have saved Muffin's hearing.