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    Chronic ear treatments

    Ear infections are common in dogs and less frequently seen in cats. There are many different underlying causes for ear infections from conformation of the ear, moisture, allergies, foreign material (such as cheat grass), and others. The veterinarian may perform cytology (obtain a sample of ear debris and look at it microscopically) on the discharge from the ear and sometimes culture the discharge (send off to the lab for bacterial culture). In dealing with chronic ear infections determining the underlying cause is important. Treatment usually involves a thorough ear cleaning, medicated ear ointment, and sometimes oral antibiotics and steroids. Treatment will depend upon the underlying cause and will vary from patient to patient.