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Topical Treatment Options for Canine Otitis Externa: A Summary for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on January 25, 2022 at 7:48 AM

When you diagnose a patient with otitis externa, you will likely be reaching for topical medication for treatment.

Owners often ask if there’s “a pill” they can give instead of having to clean and medicate their dog’s ears, but the reality is that oral medications are typically only used in cases of ulcerative or proliferative otitis externa or when concurrent otitis media is suspected.

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Topics: Otitis

Culture and Sensitivity of Otitis: Vet Student Questions, Answered

Posted by Cathy Barnette on January 18, 2022 at 6:47 AM

When I was in vet school, I was under the impression that I would be performing ear cultures on a semi-regular basis. After all, how else would I know if and when I was treating a resistant infection?

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Topics: Otitis

When Should You Recommend a TECA-BO?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on December 21, 2021 at 9:56 AM

A total ear canal ablation (TECA) refers to the surgical removal of the entire ear canal. This procedure is typically combined with a bulla osteotomy (TECA-BO), in order to clear the middle ear of infection and reduce the risk of abscessation. The inner ear is left intact. 

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Topics: Ears

Top 5 Dermatologic Diseases of Horses: A Review for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on December 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Whether you’re targeting a career in equine medicine or simply hoping to pass the NAVLE®, it’s important to be familiar with common dermatologic diseases in equine patients.

Review these top five derm diseases of horses so you can be more prepared for exams and/or life as a practicing veterinarian. 

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Topics: Horses, Dermatologic Diseases of Horses

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