Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Ear: cleaning

Contributor(s): Rosanna Marsella

Introduction

  • Proper ear cleaning is an essential feature of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of ear disease.
  • Routine ear cleaning is not necessary in animals without otitis but becomes an essential part of therapy in cases of otitis.
  • 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.
Print off the owner factsheet Ear cleaning Ear cleaning to give to your client.

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.
  • If too aggressive, it may lead to rupture of ear drum and irritation.

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.
  • Rosychuk R A (1994) Management of otitis externa. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 24 (5), 921-952 PubMed.
  • Murtagh R J (1993) The ear - medical, surgical and diagnostic aspects. Semin Vet Med Surg (1), 1-49 VetMedResource.
  • Mansfield P D (1988) Preventive ear care for dogs and cats. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 18 (4), 845-858 PubMed.
  • McKeever P J & Richardson H W (1988) Otitis externa 3 - ear cleaning and medical treatment. Comp. Animal Pract (9), 24-6 VetMedResource.
  • Rose W R (1976) Ear-cleaning techniques -number two in a series. Vet Med Small Anim Clin 71 (2), 151-153 PubMed.


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