Image Quiz: Treatment Options for Otitis Externa

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Otitis externa is a common diagnosis in veterinary practice. Ear infections can cause inflammation and pain that clinically manifests as headshaking, pawing at the ears, foul odor, redness, and debris in the ear canals.1 These signs may be distressing to clients who wish to address concerns about their pet’s health and comfort as quickly as possible.

Microscopic evaluation of exudate is recommended if otitis externa is suspected and is a key diagnostic tool in determining optimal treatment. In cases of chronic or recurrent otitis, investigation into the underlying cause (eg, allergic disease) should be pursued.

The following case scenarios and images will test the veterinarian’s knowledge of the treatment of canine otitis externa.

Images courtesy of Dr. Katrine Voie, DM, MS, DACVD


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