|Purred: Wed Sep 21, '11 3:59am PST |
|Hi Rusty's mom and Tigger's mom (or dad). My vet suspected it when I brought Blackberry in a day after I found him. As I remember, the reason was that he appeared to have a middle ear infection, which is something not common in cats although it is seen in dogs. He said that in cats it would most likely be caused by an ear polyp. When I brought Blackberry back a few days later to be neutered, my vet also scoped his ear and confirmed the presence of a rounded, red polyp, no stalk. He was going to show me the images, but apparently the computer had been improperly turned off and the images were not saved.
As far as my own observations go, I hadn't really noticed anything obvious that would indicate that his ear was bothering him and I haven't noticed any tilt of the head, or unsteady gait that I have read indicate the possible presence of a polyp. However, last Friday when I was rubbing his ears, I heard a sound coming from his right ear (the one with the polyp) that sounded like a thick liquid being squished as I rubbed, no sign of discharge.
I brought him to the vet and they kind of cleaned the ear a bit with swabs. They did a culture, but only found a few surface bacteria and no yeast. They said this kind of thing will most likely keep happening until the polyp is removed.
I know it probably sounds a bit as if I don't trust my vet. We've been with his practice for years though and I've never heard anything particularly negative about him and I really like his staff. I'd be lying though if I said that it didn't bother me that he told me that he's only done a few of these operations over the years and that he'd love to do another for the experience. I have to give it to him that he was totally honest about that though and he did offer me the option of the board certified surgeon.
Edited by author Wed Sep 21, '11 4:02am PST
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