Nancy Kay Ears Ear infections are so darn common, particularly amongst dogs, and can be the cause of multiple veterinary hospital visits.If you care for a dog or cat with recurrent or chronic ear infections, it behooves you to become as informed about this issue as possible. Here’s an opportunity to test your knowledge about this common malady.  Answers next week!

  1. Ear infections can be caused by:
    1. Allergies
    2. Water in the ear canals
    3. Hormonal imbalances
    4. All of the above
  1. Which of the following is not a cause of ear infections?
    1. Yeast
    2. Foreign bodies
    3. Viruses
    4. Tumors
  1. Ear mites are common in
    1. Adult dogs
    2. Adult cats
    3. Kittens and puppies
    4. Feral cats
  1. The cause of an ear infection can be reliably determined by
    1. The appearance of the discharge
    2. The odor of the discharge
    3. An otoscopic exam (looking in the ear canal with an otoscope)
    4. None of the above
  1. Infection-associated tears in the eardrum (tympanic membrane)
    1. Are very uncommon
    2. Dictate a change in treatment strategy
    3. Cause deafness
    4. Are typically very slow to heal
  1. Patients with recurrent or chronic ear infections are sometimes referred to:
    1. A veterinarian who specializes in dermatology
    2. A veterinarian who specializes in neurology
    3. A veterinarian who specializes in surgery
    4. Any of the above
  1. Which of the following is not a potential strategy for preventing ear infections?
    1. Regular ear cleaning
    2. Regular swimming to help flush out the ear canals
    3. Ear canal surgery
    4. Feeding a special diet
  1. Which one of the following statements is true?
    1. The treatment for ear infections is typically the same regardless of cause.
    2. Most ear infections are contagious from one ear to the other.
    3. Most ear infections arise because of some other underlying issue.
    4. Ear infections invariably cause scratching at the ears and/or head shaking.