Allergy Ear And Skin Care For Animals LLC

4201 Neshaminy Boulevard
Bensalem, PA 19020


Ear Canal Anatomy


Although you may not think of the ear as being similar to skin, the ear canal is just a specialized type of skin that covers the soft cartilage that gives the ear its shape. Most disorders can affect both the ears and the skin.

The feline ear canal is 2 to 3 times longer than a human ear canal. The canine ear canal is longer still; it can be more than 5 times longer than a human ear canal. When you look into a dog or cat’s ear canal without special equipment the farthest you can normally see is only 1/3 to ½ of the ear canal. This is why regular ear examinations with an otoscope or endoscope are so important. Regular ear examination can detect problems before a severe infection occurs, before your pet’s ear is red or painful and before your pet is shaking his/her head and/or scratching at the ears.