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Ear: cleaning

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Introduction

  • Proper ear cleaning is an essential feature of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of ear disease.
  • It is not possible to inspect the ear canal without prior removal of debris and hair.
  • Some medications are inactivated by inflammatory debris and secretions.

Uses

  • To maintain the ear canal in a healthy state.
  • Removal of accumulated debris and secretions to allow:
    • Adequate otoscopic examination of external ear canal.
    • Penetration of topical ear therapy Therapeutics: ear to ear lining.
  • Removal of small foreign bodies.
  • To prepare site for surgical procedures.

Advantages

  • Relatively simple and rapid.
  • Can be performed by the owner in many cases.

Disadvantages

  • May not remove debris from lower ear canal.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Harvey R (2006) Use of topical ear cleaners in small animals. In Practice 28 (3), 131-135 VetMedResource.
  • Murtagh R J (1993) The ear - medical, surgical and diagnostic aspects. Semin Vet Med Surg (1), 3-10 VetMedResource.
  • McKeever P J & Richardson H W (1988) Otitis externa Part 3 - ear cleaning and medical treatment. Comp Anim Pract (9), 24-30 VetMedResource.

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