Ear & Eye Issues

Image of cat itching ear

Ear Issues: Can You Spot the Symptoms?

  • Scratching or rubbing ears
  • Head shaking
  • Strong odor
  • Ear discharge, redness or swelling
  • Hair loss around the ears
  • Head tilting
image of a dog itching its ear
image of an unhealthy dog ear
image of an unhealthy dog ear

It's time to get those ears checked, here's what you can expect:

1. Thorough Exam & History

Your pet's ear exam will begin by investigating your dog or cat's history. Our veterinarians will closely inspect your pet's ear canal and search for any fleas or ticks, buildup, growths, skin lesions, cysts, pus, excess hair, or inflammation. They will also note the odor of the ears and any discharge. If your pet in in pain, they may need to be sedated in order to have their ears examined.

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2. Ear Cytology

Diagnostic testing is necessary to identify the cause of your pet's ear problems. Once the problem is accurately identified, proper treatment and management can be implemented. An ear cytology is collected by carefully inserting the tip of a cotton swab into your pet's ear. Once the sample is collected, it's placed on a on a glass slide so it can be microscopically examined. By examining the slide, we can determine if yeast, bacteria, ear mites, or fungi are present.

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3. Treatment

Once your pet's ear diagnosis is confirmed, the veterinarian will determine an appropriate treatment plan for your pet. If needed, our veterinarians will also instruct you on how to safely clean your pet's ears at home.

Close up image of a dog's eye

Eye Issues: Can You Spot the Symptoms?

  • Squinting or holding eye(s) shut
  • Discharge
  • Swelling of the eye(s) or eyelid(s)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Redness
  • Cloudiness or change in color
  • Watery eyes
  • Excessive scratching or rubbing at eye(s)
  • Tenderness around eye area

Some of the most common pet eye issues that we treat and diagnose at Countryside include: cataracts, glaucoma, corneal ulcers, dry eye, tumors/growths, eyelid problems (cherry eye), conjunctivitis, uveitis (inflammation inside the eye), traumatic eye injuries, and many other ocular diseases.

Image of a corneal ulcer before and after stain
Image of a dog with a cherry eye

Cherry Eye

​If you notice any signs or symptoms of an eye issue with your pet, please don't hesitate to make an appointment. Early detection and treatment are extremely important, any eye issue should be considered an emergency. ​