Canine Ear Care

Inflammation of the external ear (otitis externa) is a common ailment in dogs, especially floppy-eared dogs such as Labradors and Golden Retrievers.  Often there is an infection present.  Even though there are many underlying causes of otitis, most cases respond quickly to treatment especially if the initiating cause is addressed.  The sooner we see the pet with otitis, the easier the treatment may be.  Once your dog exhibits symptoms of otitis, please give us a call.

To diagnose and treat an ear problem, we:

  • Perform a comprehensive physical exam on your pet, including a dermatological exam (since the ear frequently is part of an overall skin problem)
  • A thorough otoscopic exam
  • A cytological exam (cell examination) to identify what kind, if any, organisms (yeast or bacteria) are present
  • A deep ear flush (which may be done under general anesthesia) may be done to completely clear the ear canal and make certain the eardrum is intact
  • A bacterial culture is performed if the infection is chronic 

Once your dog’s condition is diagnosed, we will prescribe appropriate medication, and your dog will need a follow-up exam in 7 days.  Although the symptoms may disappear during the treatment, the disease may persist.  Most infections need medication for at least 7-14 days after the infection has been resolved.  If the Otitis recurs or becomes chronic, further testing or procedures may be needed (allergy testing, dietary restrictions, etc.).  

Call us if your dog is exhibiting any of the following:  

  • Odor or discharge from the ear
  • Scratching or shaking of the head or ears
  • Soreness
  • Swelling of the ear flap
Canine Ear Care in Fort Sheridan, IL
Jonathan M
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These professionals have been like Angels to our family. They have taken care of our sweet old boy Karma. They have given tirelessly of themselves during the pandemic and I am so happy we found a Vet that I truly trust and appreciate. 10/10 would reccomend!
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The doctor was very helpful and friendly. He was able to provide me with education about my dog in a very easy to understand manner. The price was great and the location is amazing. I will definitely be taking my dog here while we are stationed in Illinois.
Sarah S
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Dr Kordell is a wonderful vet as are the supporting vets, in fact the whole team at this practice are fabulous. I would n’t take my dogs anywhere else.
Stephanie F
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Jeff Kordell is the best vet! I have been a pet owner for about two years now. When I first got my dog I went to 7 different vets before a friend told me about AMC. This office is an hour away from my house and is SO worth the drive! The office is very clean and the staff is wonderful. If you are looking for a vet that truly loves animals, look no further!
Johanna S
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This is the only place I ever would trust my animals- Dr. Kordell has taken care of my dogs like they are his own. Dr. Spector has two of my dogs in her care for congestive heart failure and the whole team, including the techs are amazing.