Sunday, April 8, 2012

936. Chronic Otitis Externa - Ear surgery

On Sunday, April 8, 2012, at 3 pm, I met an old client at Toa Payoh Vets. Nowadays, I seldom consult on a Sunday afternoon. But on this Sunday afternoon, I was around to do my "audit and trust" review of cases done by associate vets. This is to ensure a high standard of veterinary care to be provided by Toa Payoh Vets.

Mr Ong had come to pick up his poodle. My associate vet had told him that his poodle required a "medical bath" yesterday and somebody called him to pick up his dog at Toa Payoh Vets. The dog was at another place. When the dog arrived, I examined his dog. The sides of the ears were blackened due to continuous scratching over many years and the neck skin was bald.

"Your dog need an ear surgery," I said to him. I checked his dog's medical records and noted that he had sought itchy ear treatments since 2009. He told me about his poodle's continuous scratching since young. "You had advised an ear surgery before," he said to me. "I went to see Dr Jason enquiring about an ear surgery. He said that the ear surgery is very complicated. The cause of this poodle's ear problems could be genetic or food allergy. Therefore, he recommended a medical bath and medication."

The ear surgery is called lateral canal resection. It is described using images of an operation I did on a Miniature Schnauzer to educate dog owners.

Any updates on the poodle to be operated by me 8 days later will be at the Website:

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