Ear

Ear

Ear surgery is sometimes necessary for a variety of reasons. The pinna (or flap) of the ear sometimes develops cancers from UV radiation from the sun. Amputation or cryosurgery of the ear is sometimes necessary.

An underappreciated solution for chronic ear problems of the dog is early intervention with a lateral wall resection. The dog's ear is essentially shaped a bit like a petrol funnel, ie long and tubular and tapering to a narrow end. Allergy problems often manifest as chronic ear infections which can drive you to distraction. Chronic ear problems can be very frustrating and painful for your pet. It is possible to have a lateral wall resection (Zepps procedure - old terminology) to remove the outside of the ear. This can really help manage your dog's ear problems by making it very simple to clean and manage the ear yourself by cleaning rather than coming to the vet every month "for another ear problem". Allergies can be managed with a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment but for some owners and animals this doesn't work for various reasons. A lateral wall resection may help you manage your dog's ears.

A Total Ear Canal Ablation (TEACA) is sometimes necessary in dogs that have had a long history of ear problems that has lead to chronic fibrosis and narrowing of the ear canal so that medical therapy no longer works. This is a challenging procedure. Please call for advice.
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