Species affected: Dogs, cats
Background: Elevated humidity, water in the ear, over-zealous cleansing techniques, and the introduction of weed seeds or other foreign bodies can be factors in the development of the condition. Dogs with long, pendulous ear flaps are more likely to develop otitis. Compromised immune systems and genetic predisposition are also important contributors. Yeast is often a component, especially with repeated use of antibiotics.
Symptoms: Discharges from the ear; may be painful, pruritic; animal may cock head to one side with the affected ear on the low side. The ear is often fetid.
Diagnostics: A complete health work-up will often reveal other signs of chronic disease.
Special Notes: The infectious agent should rarely be considered the true cause of the condition. The chronic problem is generally due to a wide variety of bacterial and yeast invaders that contaminate the primary otitis.
Principles for Supplementation: Antibacterial compounds can be used to help clear up the bacterial invaders, along with products that reduce inflammation and heat.