From "that smell" to potential ear hematomas and ablations, otitis externa can be a clinical challenge for any veterinary practitioner to manage. Wayne Rosenkrantz, DVM, DACVD, answers some of the most common questions about his approach to the management of this odorous condition.
Several different diagnostic and medical treatment options exist for treating otitis in dogs and cats. It is important that the veterinarian know all of the options that are available so that they can make recommendations to the pet owner.
Otitis externa is an acute or chronic inflammation of the epithelium of the external ear canal which may also involve the pinna. It is a common disorder which may present as a primary complaint or concurrently with other problems.