Q. My French mastiff has a ruptured ear drum and is not healing very fast, it's been 9 weeks and she is still unstable. Any tips to help?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Small eardrum tears will usually heal in 2-3 weeks, so it may be that inflammation or other secondary issues are causing the delay in healing and the continued signs you are seeing. It is best to schedule a recheck with your vet to look at the ear and see if additional medications such as anti-inflammatories may be beneficial. Neurologic testing to make sure there isn't another underlying cause of the unstable balance is also a good idea. Keeping your dog on limited exercise to decrease dizziness may also help until she is more stable.