College of Veterinary Medicine

Small Animal DX & Therapeutic Techniques

Otoscopic Examination of the Dog & Cat 

This site demonstrates the instruments and techniques for examination of the ear canal of the dog and cat. The ear examination is demonstrated using a dog but all the comments apply to the cat as well.

Indications for an otoscopic exam include:

ear scratching/ rubbing
head shaking
ear odor
discharge, redness or swelling of the ear
hair loss around the ears

Types of ear problems encountered in dogs and cats include:

foreign bodies
trauma to the ear flap
tumors inside the ear
tumors of the ear flap
aural hematoma

This site has two parts:



visits to this page since October 16 ,1998

Last Edited: Feb 02, 2009 4:04 PM   

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