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Allergies can be caused by many different environmental agents and diet components. Allergic responses can produce inflammation and moisture in the ear canal creating the perfect environment for yeast and bacteria to grow casing chronic ear infections. Uneven Ear Canal Lining Inflamed Ear Canal Excessive Wax Production. READ MORE
Biofilm is a protective secretion produced by bacteria that protects it from the immune system as well as antibiotic treatment and ear cleaners. This biofilm makes it very hard to completely remove harmful bacteria from inside a pet’s ear and often contributes to chronic ear infections. Even if the pet’s ear looks clean this biofilm could be protecting [...] READ MORE
Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin and makes the skin more susceptible to infections. When dermatitis manifests in the ear the moisture it produces gets trapped and creates an ideal environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. Dermatitis Causing Inflamed Canal Dermatitis Causing Excess Wax. READ MORE
That dark buildup of debris in your pet’s ear is not dirt. Similar to eyes, ears have a self-cleaning mechanism to flush out foreign particles like dirt. The ear will only become impacted with this dark colored debris when there is an infection caused by bacteria, yeast, mites or allergies. READ MORE
Ears mites are microscopic parasites, not easily detectable with the naked eye. They infect the ear, feeding off the wax and oils in the host’s ear and causing irritation and inflammation of the ears tissue. If left untreated ear mite waste products, which look similar to coffee grounds, can impact the ear causing painful swelling and bacterial infection. [...] READ MORE
Foxtails are the barbed seed heads of certain grasses which can become lodged into a pet’s skin or even dig into their orifices. These seeds will not breakdown inside the body and will produce problems until they are removed. Their barbed shape allows them to dig further and further into tissue. Foxtail Plant foxtail growing Old Foxtail Causing [...] READ MORE
Healthy Pet Ear
This is the inside of a healthy pet ear. Healthy Horizontal Ear Canal Healthy Ear Drum Close Up Healthy Ear Drum Healthy Vertical Ear Canal Healthy Feline Ear Drum. READ MORE
Impaction of the ear is caused when debris from an infection builds up and fills in the ear canal. When untreated this build up puts so much pressure on the eardrum that it can rupture and spread the infection into the middle ear. Total Blockage Of Ear Canal Impacted Ear Impacted Canal With Hair And Debris [...] READ MORE
Infected middle ear
The middle ear is protected by the eardrum. If the eardrum is ruptured or weakened by chronic infection bacteria can enter the middle ear causing a very painful infection. Scarred Up Ear Drum Inflamed Ear Drum From Middle Ear Infection Bulging Ear Drum From Middle Ear Infection. READ MORE
A mass, growth and tumor are interchangeable terms for an abnormal structure that can grow in any part of the ear. These can be either benign or cancerous. These can cause different problems in the ear depending on the size and location of the mass or growth. READ MORE
Moisture in the ear can be produced from allergies, inflammation or infection. Swimming or bathing can also trap moisture in the ear. There are three things that bacteria and yeast need to grow: food, the right temperature and moisture. When excess moisture is present in the ear the environment is just right for infections to thrive. Moisture In [...] READ MORE
Obstructed ear canal
There are many conditions that may cause an obstructed ear canal: a mass, growth, tumor, polyp, wax plug, or swelling and inflammation of the ear. Whatever the cause, an obstructed ear canal can cause ear drum damage and secondary infections.READ MORE
Ear polyps can originate for several reasons and can develop in both external and internal parts of the ear. Chronic allergy issues or an overproduction of ear wax can cause lasting inflammation in the ear which can lead to inflammatory polyps. Other kinds of polyps, including those that are cancerous are also common. Any polyp in the ear […] READ MORE
Ruptured Ear Drum
The eardrum is a delicate membrane deep inside the ear canal that separates the external ear from the middle and inner ear. There are many reasons why an ear drum would rupture such as infections, trauma, aggressive cleaning or foreign bodies like foxtails. Infection Causing Ruptured Drum Necrosis Causing Ruptured Drum. READ MORE
Wax plugs develop in a few ways. The ear can overproduce wax, creating a hard mass of wax lodged in the ear canal. A foreign object such as a foxtail or stand of hair can get trapped in the ear resulting in a buildup of wax around the object. An infection in the middle ear [...] READ MORE
Yeast is a very common microscopic fungus. Yeast infections are one of the most common skin conditions and can manifest anywhere on the skin, but the moisture and the temperature of the ears creates a favorable environment for it to grow. Some conditions make pets more susceptible to yeast infections such as having a low thyroid or otherwise [...] READ MORE
Conditions We Treat
These are some of the many types of pet ear problems we treat.
Click on the pet ear conditions listed below to view photos, videos, and learn more about each condition.
This is a Healthy Pet Ear for comparison.
Infected middle ear
Mass / Growth / Tumor
|Obstructed ear canal
Ruptured ear drum