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Dog Ear Infection and Inflammation

Treatment

 

If ear infection is severe and debilitating, your dog may be kept in hospital for treatment, and also will need to be assessed for possible neurologic symptoms. Stable patients can be treated at home, often via medication (e.g., antimicrobials to fight bacterial infection).

 

Most bacterial infections will resolve with early aggressive antibiotic therapy, and will not recur. However, if there are recurrent ear infections, surgical drainage may be necessary.

 

Living and Management

 

Your pet will need to be evaluated for resolution of symptoms for approximately two weeks after treatment.

 

Prevention

 

Routine ear cleaning may reduce chances of infection. Be warned, however, that too frequent and overly vigorous inner ear washes may be damaging to the ear canal. Your veterinarian will determine and advise you on proper care procedure for your dog.

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