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Old 05-31-2010, 08:23 PM
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Default Re: Warning: Risk of Deafness from Ear Medications

I personally am suspicious that a perforated ear drum is needed for this to happen - I just don't think there are that many dogs with perforated ear drums. So I have always worried that an intact ear drum may not be enough to protect them.

As others mentioned, the vet should be able to view the ear drum as long as there is not too much inflammation or crusty stuff in the ear. Sometimes that does obstruct the view.

And I believe the risk is greatest when ointments are placed deep into the ear canal, where they can come into contact with the inner ear.

We used systemic oral antibiotics when we could and if we had to use a topical we used it sparingly on the outer part of the ear only, keeping it out of the canal.

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