Fluid in ear?

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    As previously mentioned, Stella's yeast infection is noticeable again on her underside. This time last week, it was completely gone. I am in the process of changing their diet to the Prairie's Kibbles: Lamb Meal and Oatmeal Medley. HOPING THIS WORKS.

    Anyway! When they discovered she had a yeast infection, they said it looked like she had fluid way down in her ears. They said her ears were nice and clean, but they saw some fluid way down in there. They said it was similar to a child's "Glue Ear". I wish I could remember what they said the possible causes for it were. . .

    When I clean her ears, I put her ear cleaner on the cotton ball. Is it possible excess fluid from the cotton ball could have gone down in there? They said they weren't too concerned about it at this point, but I need to watch how she reacts to her ears (scratching the back of them, shaking her head). They said if it becomes a problem, they could essentially drain her ears. It requires placing the cat under anesthesia. Stella has a vet visit this Thursday (Cha-Ching) to have her skin looked at again and I am going to ask them to take a look at her ears again. Has anyone ever had their cat's ears cleaned/drained from fluid? It scares me. I'm hoping nothing is there this Thursday, but where would it have gone? :(
     

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    Don't worry about a small amount of fluid if she's not acting like her ears are bothering her. Obviously, if its not causing a problem...treating it like its a problem is essentially overdoing it.

    I put ear flush straight into my cat's ears to get goop to come out for way down deep. If you're just using a cotton ball...I doubt any is getting that far down. Besides, it's not like fluid never gets in the ears anyway...don't be worried about a cleaner that's already deemed safe for ears. If its safe for the external, it's safe for the internal.
     
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      Thanks! I failed to mention that I have noticed her shaking her head every once in a while, but not enough to make me question why she's doing it. But of course after that visit, I think the worse. You know? If she happens to shake her head constantly or is in fact scratching at them, is "draining the ears" a safe procedure?
       
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      Oh and if they notice this Thursday there happens to be a larger amount of fluid. . . would draining them be safe? I wanted to add that to the last thread.
       
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      Once in a while is normal. Just like us scratching our ears.

      Pets that walk with their head tilted, scratch their ears so much that they damage skin, those that shake their heads constantly, etc. THOSE are the ones to worry about. Unless she's showing signs that her ears are obviously causing her problems, she doesn't need to be sedated for fluid removal. If it gets worse, contact your get. As far as sedation, yes, anesthesia is safe as long as the proper stuff is used. As I've mentioned, Isoflurane or sevo gas is the safest (using IV propofol to knock them down, if needed, most can be gased down without problems).
       
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        Thanks so much. I really appreciate it. The last time I talked to her on the phone, we talked about what would happen if her ears progressively gotten worse and we had to sedate her for fluid removal. I told her I want propofol with Iso or Sevo (thanks to information I found on here! In fact, I think I was reading your thread).
         
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        NP! Keep us posted!
         
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        I hope the fluid in stella's ears is no biggie! Good luck @ the vet
         
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        Hope Stella is ok! Sophie is no stranger to ear problems but I think she's nearly in the clear now (she had bacteria and yeast). Keep us posted.