Message Number: YG3632 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-05-16 17:48:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ear infection

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "TANSY" <Tansy@p...> wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Diana Ashton [mailto:pooh1999@g...]
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 9:32 AM
> > To: ferret-list@c...; Ferret Health List
> > Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] ear infection
> >
> >
> > I have a ferret that I took in to the vet 12 days ago because
> > he stoped eating and had a huge crusty discharge in his right
> > ear. The vet cleaned out his ear and did a swab. It was
> > loaded with white blood cells so he was put on batril twice a
> > day and baytril drops in the ear twice a day as well. I
> > started immediately but the first day to get both doses was
> > Friday the 4th. Today is the 15 and as of this morning he
> > still has tons of discharge out of that ear and while he is
> > eating normally again, I am not sure what to do next.

Another possibility may be a yeast infection. Malassezia
pachydermatis generally does not respond to Baytril and may actually
benefit from the moist environment imparted by the presence of drops
twice daily.

Another swab should identify eggs or mites if they are the problem,
and if the vet is good with a microscope (some are, some aren't), the
yeasts are fairly characteristic in appearance.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP
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