The dvm360 toolkit: Everything you need to shake your toughest otitis cases

The dvm360 toolkit: Everything you need to shake your toughest otitis cases

Hate otitis? We hear you. Use these tools to get better client compliance for your team's otitis recommendations, plus the latest from our ear disease experts. (With an educational grant provided by Elanco.)
Dec 03, 2015
By staff

Is there anything more aggravating than seeing the same ear problems, over and over, and saying the same things to unhelpful or uncaring clients, over and over, with no end in sight? 

Communication about otitis, its treatment and its ongoing management is something you probably talk about quite a bit. Which is why we're here to help. Stop shaking your head and plugging your ears ... use these tools to take the aggravation out of your otitis cases—and get used to seeing healthy ears and happy clients. 

Your otitis tools...

> Otitis externa management: You could be doing it wrong.
From "that smell" to potential ear hematomas and ablations, otitis externa can be a clinical challenge for any veterinary practitioner to manage. Wayne Rosenkrantz, DVM, DACVD, answers some of the most common questions about his approach to the management of this odorous condition.

> Tips to keep otitis from being a total pain the ear? Sounds good.
Ear infections totally suck (and, um, stink, while we're at it). Get clients on board with better care, and together you'll make otitis ear-relevant. (Sorry. Had to.)

> Just Ask the Expert: How do you manage ceruminous otitis in cats?
Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Paul Bloom tackles this reader question.


Client handouts
> What to know about otitis externa
> How to handle hearing loss in dogs

Pictorial guide
Listen up! Low-stress ear cleaning
We're all ears to hear this five-step lower stress approach to cleaning a pet's ears in veterinary practice.

Expert audio clips from Dr. Paul Bloom
Dogs are liars: Tips on what to do even when the client swears the dog isn't showing clinical signs of otitis.
> We're undertreating ears and it's (partly) our fault: A few ways you can get better at rechecks.
> Ear problems make you wanna shoot yourself: An impromptu script on talking to clients about ear issues.
> Quit plucking that hair: This is why. 

Last but not least!
> 5 takeaway tips for veterinary teams managing nasty ear cases.