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Chronic ear infections are one of the most commonly seen problems in dogs. They can also be seen in cats but occur less frequently.
Adobe Animal Hospital is one of very few veterinary hospitals equipped with the most advanced tools and training to diagnose and treat this serious problem. Dr. Glynn has been trained through the Advanced Laser Surgery and Video-otoscopy courses at U.C. Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and has been performing laser surgical procedures as well as irrigation and cleaning inside the ear canal and middle ear cavity (bulla) since 2003.
Chronic ear infections are painful for your pet and can lead to permanent hearing loss. The Video Otoscope allows the doctor to better visualize the entire ear canal, ear drum and middle ear through the natural ear opening. Previously, these areas were only accessible with invasive surgery into the bulla (in the base of the skull). Getting to the middle ear is critical. One study found that 80% of dogs with chronic ear infections had infection in the middle ear (or bulla). If this is not identified and treated, the ear infection remains hidden and frequently re-infects the outer ear canal leading to continued pain and potential hearing loss.
Signs of ear infection;
Normal canine left eardrum
Causes of chronic, recurrent ear infections
One of the most important steps in dealing with this condition is to identify and treat the underlying cause. These can include:
Infected canine external/middle ear
Treating serious, chronic ear infections and preventing their return requires a thorough and systematic approach and usually includes;
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