(Middle Ear Infection)
Otitis media (infection of the middle ear) usually results from spread of infection from the external ear canal into the middle ear. Foreign bodies, debris, ulceration, or improper cleaning may rupture the eardrum, allowing bacteria to reach the middle ear. Signs of middle ear infection include odor, discharge, ear scratching, head shaking, and head tilt. The animal may appear to be sick.
Important Points in Treatment
1. In some cases, prolonged (4 to 6 weeks) treatment may be necessary. Laboratory tests, radiographs (x-rays), and surgery may be needed to correct the problem.