Idea Exchange: Lubricant reduces pain during ear exams

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When performing otoscopic examinations in dogs and cats, especially ones with severe otitis externa, I put a little Surgilube (Fougera) lubricating jelly on the otoscope speculum to ease discomfort caused by the examination.

When performing otoscopic examinations in dogs and cats, especially ones with severe otitis externa, I put a little Surgilube (Fougera) lubricating jelly on the otoscope speculum to ease discomfort caused by the examination. Since the jelly is sterile, you can obtain a sample for culture after the examination, if necessary.

Dr. Carl Zymet, DABVP (canine and feline practice)

Ossining, N.Y.

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