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Companion Animal Practice
Assessment and management of chronic ear disease
  1. Donald Mactaggart

    Donald Mactaggart graduated from Edinburgh in 1988. After working in referral practices in London, the Midlands and the South East, he returned to Edinburgh in 1996, where he is now a partner in a small animal practice offering referrals in dermatology and otitis. His main interests are allergic skin disease and cytology. He holds the RCVS certificate in small animal dermatology


EAR disease is common in small animal practice. Otitis can be associated with many conditions and is often frustrating to manage. Failure to address the underlying factors or select the appropriate medical therapy is likely to result in chronic changes that become irreversible with time and may require surgery. This article reviews the investigation and medical treatment of otitis and discusses when surgery is indicated

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