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stinky ear syndrome

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stinky ear syndrome


A popular term for the clinical consequences of canine otitis externa–OE; the “stinky” bit refers to the overgrowth of pathogens.

Demographics Stinky ear is more common in dogs* with shorter legs and floppy ears–e.g., Cocker spaniels, Jura des Alpes, Brittany spaniels and Bassett hounds. It is chronic/recurrent in 63% and often bilateral–93%.

Aetiology Allergic dermatitis, otoacariasis, multi-causal, idiopathic 

Agents Malassezia spp, cocci, rods

Synonyms Canine otitis externa, floppy ears syndrome 

Reference Vet Dermatol. 2007 Oct;18(5):341-7

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