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Otitis externa and media are common in cats, although almost all infections are
secondary. The underlying conditions must be diagnosed and managed for resolution. The approach to feline otitis is different from that in dogs. There are
important differences in the ear anatomy of dogs and cats, although there is less
breed variation among cats. The role of primary, secondary, predisposing and
perpetuating (PSPP) factors is less clear in feline otitis, with fewer predisposing
and perpetuating problems. The primary aetiology of otitis is different from
dogs with less of a role for hypersensitivity dermatoses. There are a variety of
cat-specific conditions, including inflammatory polyps, cystoadenomatosis, and
proliferative and necrotising otitis. This chapter will describe the anatomy and
physiology of feline ears, how to use clinical examination, cytology, culture
and imaging in diagnosis, ear cleaning, treatment of otitis externa and otitis
media, and the diagnosis and management of specific ear conditions in cats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeline dermatology
EditorsChiara Noli, Silvia Colombo
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-29836-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29835-7
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sep 2020


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