The first case we will look at was a 6 year old cat, with very vigilant owners, who have never missed any scheduled exams and are wonderful fur -parents. About three weeks previously, they had noticed small lumps on the left side of the lower thorax. They elected to have these removed and sent to histopath after the doctors recommendations. After shaving and prepping the area for surgery, it became apparent that there were more very small lumps, barely palpable lower down in the mammary chain. At this point, it no longer became a simple lump removal but a decision to act aggressively and do a full one side mastectomy. There were no apparent changes on the right side of the body. The surgery was completed successfully and the cat recovered quickly and smoothly . Histopath results showed feline mammary carcinoma or breast cancer . Due to the highly aggressive form of this cancer, the owners have elected to have further preventative surgery on the right side of the body.
- Shaking its head
- Flapping its ears
- Rubbing at its ears, either with a paw or by rubbing against furniture or carpet
- Self-massaging the ear to ease itch, pain or irritation
- Debris and/or redness inside the ear
- Sores inside the ear
- Odor in the ear due to abnormal oils and bacteria
There are certain breeds of dogs—such as Shar Peis, bulldogs and poodles—that have narrow ear canals and have a higher chance of incurring ear issues. Poodles, especially, have more hair in the canals, Jonas explained. “The hair itself is not a problem, but if they’ve got something abnormal with their whole defense system, all that extra hair in there makes it difficult.”
According to Jonas, it’s best to consult your veterinarian before going forward with an ear-cleaning regimen. Unlike cleaning the teeth, cleaning the ears does not need be done regularly. If a pet owner suspects that something may be wrong with the ear, it’s advised to visit the veterinarian and establish whether the dog’s ear needs to be cleaned by the owner either routinely or for an instructed period of time.
A veterinarian should show the owner how to properly clean the dog’s ears because “there are a lot of different techniques, and it depends on what the problem is,” Jonas advised.