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Digital Otoscopy

Digital Video Otoscopy

Digital video otoscopy is a new way to see the inside of your pet’s ears.

Video otoscopy allows us to effectively visualise the structure of the pet’s ear and eardrum, including the tympanic membrane (tympanic membrane); as well as allowing visualization of any blockages or foreign bodies that may not be visible when using a manual otoscope.

How Does Digital Video Otoscopy Work?

Digital video otoscopy is performed using specialised endoscopic equipment that allows diagnosis and treatment.

The high-definition camera system allows us to thoroughly examine the ear canal and eardrum.

Deep cleaning can also be performed using specialised tools that can be passed through the otoscope to remove debris and large pieces of earwax that can cause blockages.

The ear can also be washed and aspirated through the channel of the otoscope.

Foreign bodies can also be visualised and removed much more easily using video otoscopes and the risk of further damage is minimised by on-screen imaging of the entire ear canal/tympanic membrane.

Similarly, biopsies and small tumours can also be obtained/removed using a variety of specialized accessories.

Benefits Of Digital Video Otoscopy

Digital Video Otoscopy has several advantages for pets:


Video Otoscopy provides a direct and clear view of the inside of the ear canal and eardrum, this allows us to accurately diagnose conditions such as foreign objects, infections, tumours and growths. 


By easily visualising the inside of the ear canal and drum, video Otoscopy can help identify problems early on, before they become more serious. 


Video Otoscopy provides the opportunity for us to take biopsy samples if needed, which can be used to identify specific conditions affecting the ear canal and eardrum.


Unlike traditional surgical procedures, digital video otoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require incisions or extensive tissue damage.


We can use the otoscope to retrieve foreign bodies from the nasal passages, which can cause discomfort and health issues for your pet.


Video Otoscopy is performed under general anaesthesia and is minimally invasive which means your pet will recover faster.

Can You Ear Me?

Ear problems are quite common in both cats and dogs, many causes are extremely painful and left untreated can cause permanent damage. 

If you are concerned or worried your pet’s ears may be causing them pain or discomfort, please come and see us. 


What Are The Signs That My Pet May Need Video Otoscopy?

Dogs and cats with ear infections will most often exhibit itchiness toward the affected ear, typically by scratching or rubbing the ear or shaking their head excessively. In some cases, an excess amount of debris may be noticeable within the ear or draining from the ear or an odour may be present.

However, there are a number of issues that can cause similar symptoms: 

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Is Video Otoscopy a safe procedure?

Video otoscopy itself is a safe procedure. It is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient will be dropped off in the morning and returns home in the afternoon. The patient may be slightly less active the day after the procedure due to the anaesthesia.

Is ear endoscopy painful?

It differs from traditional ear surgery in that veterinary surgeons access the middle ear through the ear canal rather than through an incision behind the ear. This causes less pain and results in faster recovery.

What happens if a pet's ear infection is left untreated?

Left untreated, ear infections in dogs and cats will likely continue and worsen. In extreme cases the infection may cause rupture of the ear drum (tympanic membrane) and progression to a middle ear infection. Ear infections in dogs and cats can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, quite painful. It is best to address your pet's ear infection as soon as it is detected in order to prevent worsening of the problem and further complications.

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