Advancement in Ear Infection Treatment
Written By Dr. Gary Holfinger
Pet owners rarely recognize the sensitivity of pet’s ears to inflammation. Since we humans have ear canals that are short and relatively open, it’s hard to relate to the discomfort of an ear infection. Yet, the lining of the ear canal is one of the most sensitive areas on a pet.
Compounding the problem is the fact that many dogs have mild allergies that cause skin irritation. Since the ear canal lining is the most sensitive skin, it’s the first area for redness and inflammation to occur. Given the length and warmth of the canal, ear infections are often the first and only sign of skin allergies. For this reason, we can treat the ears but can’t easily prevent their reoccurrence.
Redness, heat, swelling and discomfort – all result from the perfect infection incubator that occurs in a pet’s ear canal. Bacteria and yeast are typical in ear infections; recurrence of ear infections is common due to the makeup of the canal and it’s tendency to inflame with mild allergies.
Until recently, treating ear infections was bothersome, time-consuming and frustrating. Many ear medications needed to be administered two or three times daily – the hassle led owners to stop treatment before the entire infection was resolved. Repeat episodes would often occur.
Fortunately, there is now a preparation that can be administered on a weekly basis, rather than two or three times daily. It requires a thorough cleaning of the canal so that the medication can release slowly over the week and not be lost due to waxy or purulent debris in the ear. While not for every ear infection, it has been a great relief for clients who are tired of trying to treat their dog’s ears.
If your dog suffers from chronic ear infections, call our office for an appointment to get this once a week treatment.