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ears

Video Otoscopy and Earigator Ear Flush System

If your pet is showing any of the symptoms below, they dog cat ear may have a problem with thier ears and should be seen by a veterinarian.

  • Shaking of the head
  • Ear scratching
  • Red and inflamed ears
  • Offensive ear odor
  • Black or yellowish discharge
  • Constant tilting head may signal middle ear infection

Ear trouble is one of the foremost reasons owners take their dogs to a veterinarian. The canine ear has three parts: the external, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Any of these distinctive parts of the ear can become irritated, inflamed, or infected, sometimes causing severe pain.

Ear mite infection is one of the most common health problems seen in cats. The most frequent sign is intense itching, characterized by scratching and violent head shaking. Although ear infections are rare in felines, when they do occur in the cat's outer or middle ear, they can be extremely painful and can result in deafness or facial paralysis if they become chronic.

Our staff at Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital is very knowledgable and experienced in the testing and treatment of ear issues in cats and dogs. We are able to do an analysis of the material in the ear to determine the cause of the ear infection or if mites are present. This ensures that we are able to prescribe the correct treatment. With the added benefit of having a Video Otoscope to look down the lower lateral ear canal and clearly visualize the ear drum on a computer screen, we are better able to diagnose whatever may be going on with your pet's ear. If there is a foreign body present, we can use our video otoscope to guide us through the removal of it.

We are also able to use our video otoscope in conunjuction with our Earigator ear flush system, to perform ear flushes. It is extremely important to clean out abnormal debris when managing cases of otitis (ear infection). Debris can block the penetration of topical agents to the affected tissue, and large deposits may prevent medication from reaching the deeper parts of the ear canal. Larger clumps of debris that remain in the ear canal may protect microbes so they can survive therapy and infect the ear again. Finally, it is often necessary to clean the ear of debris simply to be able to properly to visualize the tympanum (ear drum) to determine if it is intact or if there is a middle ear infection.

If your pet is prone to or is having an issue with their ears, Canyon Lake Veterinary Hospital has the experienced staff, lab tests needed, and specialized equipment available to diagnose and properly treat the problem. Your pet will be happy "hear" this and will be feeling better soon. Please call us at 605-348-6510 or email us to make an appointment for an ear exam or if you have any questions.