Each year, ear problems top the list of the most common presenting problems for canine patients in veterinary hospitals across the country.
Very often, ear issues stem from underlying skin disease - usually airborne allergies. This isn't hard to understand if you consider the ear is just one flap of skin covered by another flap of skin - all designed to pick up sound waves from the air. On top of that, many of our pets have floppy ears which fold over creating a warm quiet dark place - ideal for yeast to grow. Any inflammation in the ear, generates moisture. Once trapped in a downward pointing ear canal with a warm flap cover -yeast grow rapidly in the moist inflamed canal. After the yeast have established a colony, the pH of the area starts to change creating an ideal environment for bacterial growth to follow.
Management of ear disease is often aimed at treating underlying causes such as the airborne allergies as well as moisture buildup. Maintenance of ear health can often be done by regular use of a pH balanced otic solvent to help remove oily debris.
Call our office to have your pet seen to help get started on a healthy ear management plan for a happier pet.