Video Endoscopy & Ear Lavage

Ear disease is one of the most common dermatological problems seen in canine patients. Although most cases can be adequately treated with topical and oral medications, in some circumstances, more aggressive treatment techniques are needed to appropriately resolve the problem.

Removal of wax and debris from the ear canal is one of the most important steps in the treatment of ear disease. General ear cleansing techniques can be inadequate in dogs with severe disease necessitating an ear lavage. An ear lavage begins with the patient under general anesthesia, where a video endoscope is then utilized to flush and physically remove wax, debris, and infectious material from the ear canal.

Ear drums can be meticulously cleaned at this point and evaluated for trauma or rupture. In the case of ruptured eardrums, the middle ear can be lavaged to remove accumulated debris and medication can be instilled into the area of infection.