Otitis externa is a complex condition characterized by inflammation of the external ear canal. It can occur anywhere along the ear canal from pinna (outer part of the ear) to tympanic membrane. Otitis externa is one of the most common diseases encountered in veterinary practice, affecting an estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of dogs, and 4 percent to 6 percent of cats. Otitis media is inflammation of the middle ear structures.
Regarding otitis, distributors have much to offer their veterinarian customers. If prevention is the best approach, pet owners can take home any of a number of acidic cleaning solutions on the market. These solutions – which can prevent blockage of the ear canal by cerumen – are applied at home on a regular basis, usually several times a week.
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