Jacqueline A. Davis, LVMT (Dermatology), University of Tennessee
Otitis Externa in Dogs & Cats
Otitis Externa at a Glance
Basic ear cleaning can be quickly and easily performed in the practice setting, usually by a veterinary nurse with an assistant. It is important to obtain any swabs for culture or cytology before cleaning the ears.
Ear cleaning removes cerumen and exudative debris from the ear canal, allowing more complete otoscopic visualization of the ear canal and tympanic membrane and improved effectiveness of medications used to treat bacterial and yeast otitis.