While the management of otitis externa and otitis media involves more than just topical therapy, there is no doubt that, unless appropriate topical ear cleaners and prescription ear drops are selected, ear disease will not resolve. With an ever-increasing array of ear drops and cleaners to choose from, appropriate selection of therapy can be difficult.
The key steps in successful therapy of otitis are to diagnose and manage primary skin diseases affecting the ear, identify and treat secondary infections and then recognise any perpetuating or predisposing factors and manage them to prevent recurrence of disease.
Why not check out Dr Susan Paterson’s views on how topical therapy can best be used to manage each of these components of ear disease? Her article focuses on the use of anti-inflammatory and acaricidal therapies to address the primary causes of otitis. It moves on to examine the value of antibiotics and antiyeast agents in tackling secondary infections, before looking at how ear cleaners can play an important role in managing predisposing factors. The management of perpetuating factors is also important to facilitate resolution of otitis.
Read the full article in the latest issue of Journal of Small Animal Practice: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jsap.12583/full