Aeruginosa is a bacterial infection that is considered "opportunistic,"
which means it will take advantage if the body is compromised. It
rarely causes disease in healthy animals but multiplies freely
infecting those who are already sick or who have weakened immune
aeruginosa is a very rare type of bacteria considered by many as a
facultative anaerobe as it is well adapted to proliferate in conditions
of partial or total oxygen depletion which makes it difficult to treat
as it is resistant to almost every antibiotic. When a dog has
reoccurring infections, most likely a plethera of antibiotics have been
tried. When this happens, most of the bacteria is killed off, but
not all. What remains is a strain that is extremely resistant.
of the dog’s ear discharge is taken and if a diagnosis of pseudomonas
is given, 3–4 weeks of treatment with a high dosage of oral antibiotic
such as Enrofloxacin or Orbifloxacin will be needed as well as a
topical antibacterial wash. Small doses would just make the
bacteria more resistant. If all this fails to clear up the
infection the next step would be for an experienced veterinarian to
surgically open the vertical canal. The ear is then easily and
completely cleaned out and treated.
infections can cause a dog's ear canal to become scarred.
In some cases, this scarring can become so severe that the canal
becomes almost closed. In these cases, a specialist veterinary
surgeon can perform a surgical procedure called an Ablation. This
is the final option and only done is the most severe health cases with
dogs in which no cause can be determined and medication just does not
help. In this procedure, the entire ear canal of the dog is
removed. Healthy tissue then regrows.
The above information is simply informational. It's intent is not to
replace the advice of a veterinarian nor to assist you in making a
diagnosis of your pet. Please consult with your own veterinarian for
confirmation of any diagnosis. Your pets life may depend on it.