I've just returned from a specialist veterinary referral hospital. I have a 9 year old 200 lb landseer Newf. He is in great health with one exception... After years of chronic ear infections and trying every medicine possible, the lining of his ear canal has thickened to the point where his ear canal is almost closed. He still has an infection and is in constant discomfort. The specialist recommends removing the ear canal, thus getting rid of growth and permanently solving the issue of infection. He would lose most of his hearing in that ear if any still remains. His other ear is fine, it's just the left one.
I find the thought of surgery horrifying. The vet told me that this is becoming fairly common surgery on cocker spaniels due to a predisposition to infections, etc. Has anyone had this surgery performed on their dog? Were you happy with the result?