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Is there another way to correct Otitis externa besides sur

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Is there another way to correct Otitis externa besides surgery

Welcome. I'm Dr. Bruce and I've been a small animal veterinarian for over 12 years. Thank you for your question. Otitis externa is infection in the outer ear canal. It is treated by a combination of topical and oral medications. In a situation like this, if surgery is being presented, then the situation is more than likely one where the canal to the ear is occluded and application of the topical medication is prevented. In situations where the canal is occluded, then surgery is needed to open the area up through a lateral ear resection. Here is a link on it.

If the entire ear canal is occluded, then a total ear canal ablation is needed. Here is a link it.

Unfortunately, cocker spaniels are very notorious for having the very difficult to manage ear infections that can progress to the stage where surgery is needed. Early on in ear infections, surgery is not needed.

Does this make sense?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yes. Would seeing a vet dermatologist help, before committing to the surgery? Or at least help until we raise the funds?
Seeing a vet dermatologist may be helpful at this time as they could give you a second opinion about if surgery is definitely needed. They may be able to take a little different approach and start up other meds that might have a chance of avoiding it. It is definitely an option at this time.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Any other alternatives worth looking into?
At this point in time, the other thing to consider is doing cytology and culture of the material from the ear to make sure the organism is being treated by the most appropriate medication. This something your regular vet could do.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Ok thank you.