When presented with a case of otitis, we take samples from the affected ear to examine under a microscope. This is a very important part of the consultation as it allows us to identify the parasites and microorganisms that are present and gain definitive numbers.
If we cannot visualise the ear drum after cleaning the ear canal in the consulting room, we will advise either sedation or general anaesthesia to clean it. This is important for a couple of reasons. The first being that all licensed veterinary ear drops are contra-indicated if the ear drum is ruptured, because they can occasionally cause permanent deafness and can also affect the animal’s balance. Another being that failure to remove debris from the bottom of the ear canal can prevent successful resolution of the otitis.
We use a Storz Video Otoscope to clean your pet’s ears while they are under anaesthetic. This instrument allows us to see the ear canal in great detail and examine the ear drum for evidence of perforation. This type of procedure is very difficult with a hand held otoscope. A channel in the otoscope allows us to pass down either grasping forceps to remove debris and foreign bodies or flushing tubes and flexible curettes to clean the horizontal canal and the middle ear if the ear drum is ruptured.
If an ear condition is impossible to resolve by medical means and Video Otoscopy, we do offer surgery, including Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA). David has performed over 250 TECAs over the last 24 years and this has greatly improved the quality of life of the patients which have received this surgical procedure.