Tumor on ear flap

Reader Question: Can A Dog's Ear Canal Become Infected After Ear Removal?

Hi, I have a 7 year old boxer whose ear was recently removed to remove a mast cell tumor. I am worried about her ear canal being exposed and am seeking advice on how to best protect her ear canal.

Vet's Input Regarding Possibility of Infection of Dog Ear


I do not think you have to worry about protecting your dog’s ear canal. After all, many boxers have their ears cropped (not that I’m a fan of that procedure), and I haven’t heard of those individuals developing an increased incidence of ear problems. If I were you, I would just examine both of your dog’s ears on a regular basis.

If you notice any significant differences between them (e.g., redness, discharge, a mass, or a foul odor), you should definitely bring it to your veterinarian’s attention. Otherwise, I would leave well enough alone.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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