The investigation and management of ear disease occupies a significant portion of a veterinary clinician’s time. Otitis externa, in particular, is likely to be seen by a busy small animal clinician at least once a day. Otitis Externa: An Essential Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment provides a comprehensive source of information on the relevant structure, function, medical treatment, and surgery of the ear, from Otodectes cynotis to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The book details the salient points of diagnosis and treatment and includes more than 200 colour illustrations.
Chronic, and chronic recurrent, otitis externa is frustrating and costly to the owner and often painful for the animal. Concise and user-friendly, this text helps clinicians identify signs of this condition, make an appropriate diagnosis, and plan the best treatment options.
"As ear disease is so frequently a cause of suffering in our pets and also a cause of great frustration for both clients and vets, this book should be in every practice library. Its compact size means it will hopefully be regularly used in the consulting room and the lab."
—D. G. Bentley in Veterinary Record
"All topics are dealt with comprehensively and should help the clinician a great deal in dealing appropriately with all aspects of otitis externa… All in all, a nice addition to a practitioner’s library!"
—Inge Geens, DVM, CertSAD, MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon, Laurels Veterinary Centre, UK
"Overall, this is a good reference to have on your shelf."
—Sandra R. Merchant, DVM, DACVD, Louisiana State University, in Vet Med Today
The Normal Ear
External auditory meatus
Microscopic structure of the external ear canal
Microclimate of the external ear canal
Cerumen in normal and otitic ears
Approach to the Diagnosis of Otitis Externa
Otoscopic appearance of the external ear canal and tympanum
Cytological characteristics of normal and abnormal ears
Aetiology and Pathogenesis of Otitis Externa
Concept of primary and secondary factors, predisposing factors, and perpetuating change
Primary causes of otitis externa
Secondary causes of otitis externa
Assessing the integrity of the tympanum
Assessing the discharge
Assessing the canal
Medical Management of Ear Disease
Dealing with primary triggers
Dealing with secondary causes
Chronic or recurrent otitis externa in dogs
Major differential diagnoses
Treatment of nasopharyngeal polyps in cats
Ototoxicity and Other Side-Effects of Otic Medication
Meatal and tympanic inflammation
Effects within the middle ear
Systemic effects of otic medication
Ototoxicity of systemic drugs
Aural Ablation and Bulla Osteotomy
Vertical canal ablation
Special problems relating to surgery of the middle ear in cats