How Our Pet Ear Care Center at Cupertino Animal Hospital Got Even Better Treating Pets in 2018
Pet Ear Care Center at Cupertino Animal Hospital has always put the welfare of our patients first, whether they are feathered or furred, large or small. We are pleased to announce that 2018 was the year that we became even more effective at diagnosing and treating ear diseases in pets.
What causes ear diseases?
The ear is a complicated part of the body, containing over 100 anatomical structures. There is a whole host of reasons why your pet may suffer from ear problems, including parasites, allergies, hormonal or autoimmune issues, dermatitis, or foreign bodies such as grass seeds entering the canal. The anatomical structure of the ear is so complex and delicate that even minor and easily treatable problems can cause ear conditions like chronic discharge, infections, inflammation, or pain.
When to bring your pet for a checkup
Our pets cannot tell us how they feel, so it is important to be on the lookout for signs they may be in discomfort. These include:
- Discharge from the ear
- Regular head shaking
- Constant ear scratching
- Rubbing the ears on floors or furniture
- A foul smell
Traditional equipment, such as a handheld endoscope, is not enough to properly examine the ear canal. An inaccurate diagnosis leads to inaccurate treatment, which means your pet could be in lifelong pain or discomfort and suffer constant relapses. In some cases, conditions may become chronic, leading to loss of hearing; in the worst case, they could become lifelong or life-threatening.
Our new equipment makes diagnosis and treatment easier
We are pleased to announce that in 2018, we acquired a 4K endoscope by Karl Storz, which helps us see the inside of your pet’s ear with a clarity and definition that is over 100x better than the clarity and definition provided by traditional equipment. It allows us to examine tiny blood vessels and details that are smaller than a pinhead. This state-of-the-art technology enables us to diagnose issues which might not have been possible to see before; with better depth of field, our surgery can be even more precise. The endoscope means we make smaller incisions and conduct less invasive surgery, meaning fewer complications and quicker recovery time for your pet.
The second announcement is also great news for all pets suffering from ear problems. Our in-house cone beam CT scanner by Xoran Corporation generates high-quality 3D x-rays of a pet’s anatomy, allowing for the diagnosis of disease or injury during your visit to our centre. It takes less than a minute to conduct the scan; therefore, if necessary, we can begin urgent treatment right away.
What we offer at the Pet Ear Care Center
We offer advanced diagnosis and treatment for chronic ear problems in all pets.
Using our cutting-edge equipment, we provide a world-class evaluation of ear canal, eardrum, middle ear, inner ear, eustachian tube, nasopharynx, and adenoid gland. We can make a pinpoint diagnosis of ear disease and, based on the outcome of our evaluation, we can offer a custom ear treatment plan for your pet. This results in fewer visits to the vet, less distress for pets, and lower costs for owners.
We are committed to providing the best possible care for all of our patients, employing the latest and best technology to ensure their comfort. We also offer Piezosurgery, a new surgical technique using an ultrasonic vibrating tip and water rather than using a bone chisel. This kind of surgery is safer, less traumatic, causes little to no bleeding, and greatly accelerates healing times.
Dr. Munir Kureshi has been treating pets for over 30 years and is advanced in treating ear diseases endoscopically for over 23 years. He is constantly seeking the most effective ways to provide animal care and keep up with the latest developments in animal medicine.
His training in the endoscopic diagnosis and the treatment of ear diseases, as well as ear imaging, comes from top-rated medical schools and ENT conventions around the world. He has completed advanced training at several esteemed institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, the Seattle Science Foundation ENT Department, the European Academy of Otology and Neuro-Otology.
Find out more about the conditions we treat
If you’d like to learn more about the ear conditions that can affect your pet, visit our media library to see videos of common conditions we treat.
If you suspect that your pet may be having ear issues, it’s important that you get in contact with us right away. Please contact our Pet Ear Care Center at Cupertino Animal Hospital (408) 252-6380 with your questions and inquiries. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to help.