Edgewood Veterinarian David Lee Asks
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW ???"
Have you looked in your dogs ears lately? Most people don't notice dogs ears until they start scratching them more than usual or an odor might be occurring. By the time most owners notice their pets ears' being a problem, there is a larger issue going on deeper in the ear canal that you can't see. Outdoor cats can also have parasite problems that are contagious. Time to go see the vet!
The first action we take is a simple ear swab to perform a cytology that will help us determine what the problem might be, whether mites, fungus, bacteria, etc. A more advanced culture may be necessary and will be diagnosed by an outside laboratory. This helps determine which antibiotics and ear medicine will be sensitive to the bacteria growing. Sometimes the ear canal can be very inflamed and hard to treat therefore sedation and a surgical procedure may be performed to thoroughly flush and clean the canal. We also use Laser Therapy treatments to help with the inflammation and discomfort. Finally an topical medicine and possibly oral medications for infection will be prescribed.
For the feline pets with ear mites, we recommend applications of Revolution to take care of the problem and the added bonus of help preventing heartworms and flea problems also!
Thorough ear cleaning with treatment and regular maintenance afterwards are the key to success to help avoid future infection. We recommend once weekly ear cleanings to keep the PH levels of the ear canal normal thus avoiding bacterial growth. Proper cleaning will be instructed by our technicians when these problems occur.