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A dog’s ear can get stuck between its teeth, or worse, get stuck in a pocket or the middle of a crate, according to a new study.
A new study from the University of New South Wales found that the ears of dogs are far more susceptible to ear damage than humans.
The research, published in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, used a combination of magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound to demonstrate that the canine’s ear could get stuck and potentially cause infection.
It is a rare condition, but can happen if the earpiece that connects the dog’s head to the front of its neck is not properly aligned with the back of the ear canal.
This can cause inflammation, which can lead to ear infection, infections, and loss of function.
Dr Brian Fenton from the School of Veterinary Science at the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine says the study found that dogs can get ear damage from ear plugs that have been worn too long, and also from earplastic ear plugs which have become worn over time.
“The researchers had done a thorough job with magnetic resonance, which revealed a lot of variation between breeds of dogs and how they were affected by this,” he said.
“They had also done a good job in testing the ear plugs for infection.”
Dr Fenton said the earplug manufacturers needed to make a number of changes to ensure that dogs who get ear plugs get the best fit.
“A lot of people have been asking for something like a soft seal on the ear plug,” he explained.
“We found out that they were using silicone on the silicone, which is a softer silicone.”
That means that if the ears get stuck they can still get infections and the ear can become infected.
“So that means it would be very good to have some type of seal on it.”
Dr David Wilson from the College of Veterinarians of Australia said the research was important because it demonstrated that earplacement could have a major impact on the quality of life of dogs.
“Dogs can live with the consequences of this kind of ear injury and have to be monitored regularly,” he noted.
“If a dog gets a broken ear it could have catastrophic consequences, because if the fracture is permanent then it could cause problems down the road.”
Dr Wilson said that the research also showed that ear plugs should be replaced regularly, and that it was important that owners were given the information and guidance about the best way to replace the plugs.
“It’s important to remember that there’s a lot more than just the number of plugs on a dog’s body,” he added.
“You can have more than one earplug on the body and that’s where the risk comes from.”
Topics:diseases-and-disorders,health,health-policy,dental-care,nsw,australiaFirst posted September 08, 2019 14:29:59More stories from New South Welsh