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Published on Aug 7, 2013
Ear disease is one of the most common conditions in pets. The medical name for inflammation of the outer ear canal is 'otitis externa.' It is estimated that up to 20% of the dog population is affected by this disease and one study found that from 2% to 6.6% of cats admitted to hospitals were presented because of otitis externa.
The key to healthy ears is to keep them clean. Check your pet's ears weekly. A slight amount of waxy buildup may be present in normal ears. Excess hair around the ear can be clipped to allow more air flow. Follow your veterinarian's recommendation on how to treat any underlying condition that predisposes your pet to ear problems.