Lewis P. Wellington has a nasty ear infection. I noticed it right away and brought him to the vet, but it's since gotten worse. So today we upped the meds in the hope that he's feeling better soon.
There's a lesson in this for me. Lewis is groomed every month by an excellent groomer. She's been doing my dogs for 20+ years with very few problems, but unfortunately she is human. It appears that she missed plucking the hair in one of Lewis' ears on the last groom. One ear was good and hair-free, but the other (the one with the infection) had clumps of hair growing in it.
The lesson for me, is that (as somebody who is learning to groom Gemma myself) ears are important! You have to stay ahead of them - and apparently do them often - or the dog suffers.
Ears are hard for me. I'm scared I'll stab Gemma in the brain with the hemostat when she moves around, so I've been cleaning weekly and getting help from other groomers to do the plucking once every two or three weeks. I think that after this, I'll work harder on getting more comfortable doing it myself, and keeping on top of it every week.