Obstructive Ear Disease in Gerbils



Surgical removal of the aural cholesteatoma mass is advocated in pet gerbils suffering from this condition, however, due to their small size it is not always practical. Temporary relief can be provided to the gerbil by applying medicated ear drops or ointments. In addition to the ear drops, antiseptic or antibiotic washes of the ear can help remove discharge that has accumulated.


Living and Management


If the gerbil undergoes surgery to remove the aural cholesteatoma mass, your veterinarian will give you instructions and medication for a speedy recovery. Otherwise, the gerbil needs plenty of rest.




Prevention is not a viable option for aural cholesteatoma. However, taking steps to make sure that any ear infection is immediately diagnosed and promptly treated can reduce the chances of cholesteatomas developing in the ear.