Heartland Animal Hospital

1200 Lyndale Ave N
Faribault, MN 55021

(507)332-0716

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Chronic Ear Disease - Solving the Puzzle 

Our specialized MedRX otoendoscope is a window deep into the ear!  We can take magnified images, flush, and take biopsy and culture samples through the working channel of the scope.  This allows a finely tuned treatment plan designed to return the ear to normal health and function.  Our doctors have attended more than 60 hours of specialized training for treating Ear and Dermatology Diseases.

Below, the picture on your left shows exudate and debris trapped deep in the horizontal ear canal in the area of the ear drum.  The center picture shows a small catheter inserted through the ear drum (myringotomy) to flush and treat the infected middle ear.  The picture on the right shows the ear drum (tympanic membrane) before the myringotomy.  Note the opaque appearance of the ear drum, a structure which should be translucent.

The pictures below are from a dog we recently treated for severe chronic otitis (ear infection).  This dog had suffered from months of ongoing infections.  

The picture on your left shows the status of the ear prior to cleaning.  Note the heavy pus-like exudate on the walls of the ear canal.  The middle ear chamber was full of this infection related debris as well.  The center picture shows a view of the partially completed flushing and cleaning process.  The image on the right shows the cleaned ear with a catheter extending into the middle ear as an infusion was placed to treat the infection.  With a good follow up plan this dog's ears can return to normal function and status.  This can be true for your dog or cat as well!!

Chronic ear disease is one of the most uncomfortable and common problems faced by dogs and some cats.  Yet, there are solutions to this aggravating situation.  With high level diagnostics and a thorough understanding of why your pet struggles with this problem we can help you control this problem and keep your pet's  ears calm, comfortable, and healthy. We'd love to help you end the frustration and pain of your pet friend's struggle with chronic ear disease.