Chronic Otitis for the Pet Parent
You love your pet, and we here at QSM Diagnostics understand the frustration you feel watching them suffer with chronic ear infections. The pain is heartbreaking when all you want to do is provide them some level of comfort.
Otitis is an infection of your dog’s ear canals. These infections can incorporate the vertical and horizontal ear canals and can even transverse beyond the eardrum into the middle inner ear area. These infections can be due to yeast or mites and many have a bacterial component as well. Many pets will have at least one episode of otitis externa in their lives. Otitis externa can be mild and respond very well to traditional therapies. However, if your pet is one of the unfortunate that suffers from chronic, recurrent or non-responsive ear infections, QSM Diagnostics may be able to help you and your veterinarian.
We understand how important it is to partner with your veterinarian to get ahead of these infections. It can be a long and frustrating process because these infections often have underlying causes and are often exasperated by the presence of a resistant bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. QSM has designed a test to detect and quantify the level of Pseudomonas in your pet’s ear infections. Currently there is no other test available that can help your veterinarian to detect the presence of this pathological bacteria and use it as a tool to monitor a response to therapy. The traditional culture and sensitivity results may be able to identify Pseudomonas but cannot reliably quantify the amount of this bacteria in the ear.
So, how do you know if a Pseudomonas test would be valuable to you and your pet? If your pet has had more than three bouts of otitis this year, your dog may be a candidate for this test. If the discharge from your pet’s ear is extremely malodorous and your dog has not responded to therapy, this test may be valuable to you and your veterinarian. If you have had a culture and sensitivity performed and Pseudomonas has been detected in your pet’s ears in the past, this test may provide value both to you and your veterinarian in monitoring and controlling this frustrating infection.