Chronic Pet Ear Problems
Chronic ear problems and chronic ear infections can cause an inflammation of the external auditory canal and can cause great discomfort to your pets.
Symptoms to look for
- Shaking the head (the most common)
- Scratching of the ears
- Foul odor from the ear canal
What Causes Chronic Ear Problems?
The most common causes are:
An inhalant allergy characterized by scratching, paw licking and face rubbing.
An allergy due to hypersensitivity of certain foods or food additives.
Characterized by the excessive production of oil in the skin and the formation of greasy scales.
Ear mites are a parasite which commonly causes the onset of ear infections. Once the diseases is initiated, the mite will leave the ear canal or will be destroyed by inflammation or a secondary infection.
Such as foxtails, dirt, grass, loose hairs, etc. are also frequently responsible for Otitis externa.
Do you know what the inside of your pet's ears look like? Thanks to our in-Clinic Veterinary video otoscope, we do!
Veterinary Video Otoscopy Helps Us Treat Chronic Pet Ear Problems
A routine ear examination using a handheld otoscope could miss easily treatable problems. By using our in-clinic veterinary video otoscope, we are able to provide better and more accurate treatment.
What is a Veterinary Otoscope?
A handheld otoscope light is less bright than the video otoscope and magnifies only 2-4x.
An instrument for examining the external canal and tympanic membrane of the ear. A typical handheld otoscope is pictured to the right.
What is a Veterinary Video Otoscope and What Can You Do With It?
A veterinary video otoscope is powerful tool in aggressively treating chronic animal ear infections and other ear problems. It has a built in camera and a powerful, bright light. It connects to a video system that allows us to capture, view, and record images at a magnification of 15x.
This not only means we can see better, brighter images at a much larger magnification, but when combined with a veterinary endoscope, we can treat problems that might lie even further in the ear.
We can even send tools through the video otoscope, including our state-of-the-art veterinary laser, to biopsy, remove and/or treat problems.
What Does This Mean For My Pets?
We can more accurately diagnose, treat, and perform procedures with minimal invasiveness to your pet.
Having the veterinary video otoscope has allowed us to more accurately diagnose and treat inner ear problems in our patients that might otherwise go undiagnosed.
To find out if the veterinary video otoscope is right for your pet, speak with our staff and learn more about this innovative technology.