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Posted on 05-31-2016

Recently, a Japanese Spitz presented to our clinic with a long history of ear infection that refused to recover. Having already been seen by several vets over the past 6 months, his ears continue to show dark, brown and gunky discharge. Leading an active lifestyle, his owners were troubled by the pain and impact to his enjoyment of these activities.

Using Karl-storz camera assisted Otoscopy, a deeper examination of his entire ear canal was performed. This includes the harder to reach horizontal ear canal, up to the level of the eardrum. Traditional hand-held otoscopes can only view parts of this membrane and have limited cleaning access. Deep ear Otoscopy allows full cleaning of all areas leading up to the eardrum, with important functions such as pressure washing, fluid suction and grasping of unwanted material. If there is pus in the middle ear, the ear drum can be surgically opened and the scope further advanced into the middle ear for thorough cleaning.

Our patient had a heavy accumulation of pus lying right next to the ear drum. The walls of his canal also showed signs of peeling and ulceration due to long standing infection. Using traditional cotton swabs and ear buds would have only pushed more pus up against the eardrum. Ear medications are often less effective when pus begins to clump, preventing drugs from spreading throughout the canal. Check out the pictures in our Case Studies page and talk to us today about how deep ear flushing can benefit your pet!

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