Ear inflammation - when things go wrong
Ear inflammation is commonly referred to as external otitis. External otitis in dogs can be categorised according to causes and factors. Let us tell you more about the 3 Ps of external otitis.
Certain factors predispose your dog to otitis, they do not cause inflammation themselves but make it more likely to occur.
A Spaniel, like Pogo, is an example of a dog with pendulous ears, a factor that might be predisposing to ear disease
These are the factors which make a dog’s ear problem harder to manage. A frequent recurring ear inflammation or a chronic, poorly handled case, make subsequent flare-ups harder to treat.
If the inflammation is ongoing the ear canal can develop chronic changes. These can include permanent swelling and bonification of the ear cartilage or a ruptured ear drum with inflammation or infection spreading to involve both the middle and sometimes inner ear
This can lead to hard-to treat infections, hearing loss or possible deafness, neurological signs as well as pain for your dog and heartache for you as an owner.
A chronic case of otitis often needs deep ear flushing under general anaesthesia or even extensive surgery.
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Collaborate with your vet to get to the bottom of your dog’s ear problem in an early stage to avoid chronic changes and don´t skip your revisits!