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Ear Surgery

Jun 02 2022

Ear procedures treat a variety of ear diseases that impact a pet’s external, middle, and inner ears. While the ears naturally clean and remove debris, and excessive wax on their own, there are times when chronic ear infections require more immediate and technical care for your pets. When left undetected, these conditions can start to show signals that often associate with early signs of ear disease such as head shaking, scratching, and rubbing. The majority of dogs and cats we see have some form of allergic skin disease that characterizes by chronic ear infections. Causes of such infections include pollen, molds, human and pet dander, dust mites, food, and also fleas. Up to 80% of dogs with severe otitis externa will have concurrent skin disorders, for which reason diagnosis and treatment of such conditions is of utmost importance for pet owners.

The most commonly performed ear surgeries at our hospital include the following, grouped by external ear canal and middle ear canal regions:

Surgery of the External Ear Canal

  • Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)

  • Vertical Ear anal Resection

  • Lateral Ear Canal Resection

Surgery of the Middle Ear

  • Ventral Bulla Osteotomy

With proper diagnostics testing and treatment plan development, we can help assess the right plan of action to meet your pet’s ear health needs as comfortably as possible.

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What to expect with ear surgeries at CAH

Our veterinarians adhere to the highest standard of care for all surgical procedures. Our doctors place the uppermost priority on pain management to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the entire surgical procedure (pre-peri, and post-operation). Care doesn’t stop at pre-operative care, we ensure that pet parents are instructed with all pre-surgical dietary restrictions, and procedural updates, and have the correct paperwork filed to make the surgery day less stressful. All vaccination requirements and pre-surgery administrative needs are handled seamlessly by hospital staff. 

After surgery, our technicians monitor the patient until fully awake. Once the pet is conscious, we let pet parents know the pet is ready for discharge or if the pet requires additional hospitalized monitoring. In most cases, pets can be discharged the same day as surgery, except for when it comes to major soft-tissue surgeries, which may require additional medical care. All these details are addressed between the pet parent and the veterinarian or technician.

Prioritizing post-operative care for best outcomes

Depending on the procedure performed and each pet’s specific needs, post-surgical care instructions may vary. However, there are some common things you will see as part of our emergency surgery recovery care routine, which include medication, an Elizabethan collar, and possible bandages.

We ensure that pet-safe medications for pain management and inflammation are shared with you as well as detailed instructions and tips from our veterinarians and technicians on how to administer them. We also give Elizabethan collars, along with bandages when necessary. The collar helps prevent your pet from scratching or rubbing around the mouth area and prevents them from risking removing surgical sutures. Aside from this care, the most important ingredient towards your pet’s swift recovery will be rest.

Ear Surgeries We Offer

Here at CAH, we perform a variety of ear surgeries to help treat injuries and diseases in cats and dogs. Our highly trained team ensures your pet receives the attentive care they deserve.

Ear Hematoma (Aural Hematomas)

Ear hematomas are bllod blisters taht develop between the ear flap and the skin of the pet. Most common in dogs, ear hematomas occur due to trauma or injuries to the ears and are treated by draining the blood blister in surgery.

Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)

A total ear canal ablation procedure is the surgical removal of the entire ear canal to manage severe canal or middle ear diseases that other treatments fail to treat.

Lateral Ear Canal Resection (Zepp Procedure)

This procedure is performed when the ear infection is isolated to the external ear canal. By removing part or all of the vertical tube, grainage and air circulation is improved for the pet.

Vertical Ear Canal Ablation

This procedure is used to salvage a functional horizontal canal when the vertical ear canal is severely damaged or infected, in an attempt to drain the ear and allow for preservation of the pet’s hearing.

Ventral Bulla Osteotomy (Ear Canal Polyp)

This surgical procedure involves the removal of inflammatory polyps, tumors, or foreign bodies found within the pet’s middle ear canal.


This place was amazing! I called and was able to get in within 40 minutes of my call which was 2 hours before they closed too! I called at least 8 other Emergency Vets before calling them and I would go back in a heartbeat! The techs and DVM were wonderful and so caring. Alice, my 16 year old cat, is happy to be back home.

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