Chronic Ear Disease
Chronic ear disease is a common problem related to allergies, both food and atopic/airborne, and can also be associated with growths or polyps in the ear. An infection of the ear may manifest as a foul odor and inflamed/swollen ear canal, with or without a discharge.
A microscopic evaluation of debris or fluid collected from the ear canal will help identify an overpopulation of bacteria or yeast in the ear canal. Based on this evaluation and case history, Dr. Nichols will choose the best, most effective medication protocol.
Beyond treatment of the current ear infection, Dr. Nichols will identify and address the underlying cause of your companion's chronic ear disease to minimize or eliminate future infections.