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What are causes of the inside of a poodle's ears turning red (other than ear infections)?

Millie's ears are flaming red but I think it is from using Epi-Otic ear drops after swimming and bathing the past few days. Her ears do not smell, are not swollen and have no discharge. The vet checked Millie's ears on Monday (prior to this redness) and said her ears looked wonderful. The groomer today said her ears look healthy other than the redness.

Has anyone else had a problem with ear drops causing irritation?
 

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Could it be an allergy? Stop the drops, and see what happens.
 

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Has she been in and out of the pool before? It could be the chlorine or whatever in the pool water. An audiologist friend of mine used to reckon we should all be doing far more to protect our ears from water - she recommended large lumps of cotton wool smeared with petroleum jelly. Not quite sure how well that would work for a poodle though - besides giving herr the perfect excuse to ignore everything you told her!
 

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Redness is NOT normal....in a normal healthy ear, there is nothing. The ear canal is shaped like an "L" and at the bend there is a slight tiny pouch. Healthy young dogs can always shake their heads and get pool water (or excess ear cleaner) out of the ears by vigorous head shaking. However, IF there is a change in that pouch, if something is "brewing", it can come from a heat cycle, recent vaccinations, food allergies, inhaled allergies, etc,
 
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