ABOUT EAR INFECTIONS AND TREATMENT
Why Ear exams are required in order to dispense ear medications:
1. We need to know what type of infection we're treating.
A. This can only be done by swabbing the ear discharge and examining it under
B. Infection types can and do change. What started as a yeast infection may
have transitioned to a primarily bacterial infection and vice-versa. What may
look like ear mites can actually be an infection, etc.
2. We need to design an appropriate treatment plan.
A. Based on the results of the ear swab/cytology, we'll prescribe the appropriate cleaner and ointment. There are many different types and
SOME OINTMENTS ARE NOT SAFE IF THE EAR DRUM IS RUPTURED.
Sometimes, oral medications are necessary as well.
B. In some (especially chronic) cases, the lower ear canal is so plugged with
debris that no amount of cleaner/ointment will be able to penetrate to the
source of infection. In these cases, we must sedate the pet and do an ear
flush or the infection will never resolve. We must also evaluate if the ear
drum is intact or not.
3. We need to identify any underlying factors that may be predisposing the pet to
A. Repeated ear infections are not normal. Sometimes food or environmental
allergies or thyroid problems or improper ear care can be causing ear
infections. Additional testing for these problems may be required.
****Remember, treating ear infections can be EXPENSIVE!
But improperly or incompletely treating ear infections is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE!!!