My dog got his very first ear infection last August, I was on my way to bring him to the vet to get a rabies booster since the previous day a rabid skunk had been in my yard and chased my dog, and while in the car he started shaking his head. I figured it was just the wind coming into the car but while the vet was examining him she said his ear was infected and was still in the very early stages so she gave me some ear drops for him.
I did the drops and the infection went away, but two months later he had another ear infection in the same ear. He had another round of drops and it went away but then it seemed like every couple months the infection would come back. Finally the infections seemed to stop, he had been free of ear infections for the last 3 months.
Last night as I sat in front of the computer my dog sat in his chair and slept, when I got up to go downstairs he followed me and as he followed me into the kitchen he started shaking his head again so I went to check his ear. The first thing I noticed was that his ear was all wet which seemed odd since he hadn't been near any liquids. I flipped back his ear to look at it and his ear was redder than it had ever been and was covered in a slimy brown liquid. I got a paper towel and wiped just the inside of his ear to dry it off, when I looked at the paper towel there was a little bit of blood. I called his vet but couldn't get an appointment until Monday so I'm just a bit worried. He hasn't been shaking his head as often as he did with his past ear infections even though his ear looks worse than it ever has before.
He wanted to play earlier this afternoon so I got down on the floor to play with him, I put each one of my hands on each side of his head and rubbed him like I always do but this time he cried when I touched near his ear on the outside of his head which he never did with his previous infections. So now I'm even more worried about it. He doesn't cry when I look at his ear or even when I wipe it but putting pressure on the outside of his ear under the opening of his ear causes him pain.
I know this isn't related to dog training but I'm hoping someone has experience with a dog who has recurring ear infections. Is there anything I should specifically ask the vet about on Monday? Is there a reason only one ear keeps getting infected? I know these infections aren't any fun for him and I wish I knew why it keeps happening and how I can stop it.