Diagnosis and management of ear diseases
Our veterinary dermatology department is highly experienced in diagnosing and managing ear disease. Pets with ear disease may have head shaking, itchy or painful ears, red ears, or an odor from the ears. Diagnosing ear disease requires looking into the ear canal with an otoscope and often times examining the contents of the ear canal for bacteria, yeast, or abnormal cells. The most common condition affecting pets is ear infections. These may be due to yeast or bacteria and are often secondary to allergies, hormonal imbalance, or a decreased immune system. Treatment often involves topical and sometimes oral medications with close monitoring. Addressing the underlying cause is required to prevent recurrence of the infection.
Our dermatology department also has CT, MRI and video-otoscopy onsite allowing for diagnosis of polyps, tumors, and middle ear disease. This provides information on the cause and extent of ear disease allowing proper therapy.