How to Flush Out a Cat’s Ear

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Caymus Ear Flush Mission Med Vet VCA Mission

Caymus, my parents’ 12-year old Ragdoll cat, has seasonal allergy flare-ups where he will scratch right above his eye and below his eye and sometimes it becomes raw – that’s when we notice it.  And you can usually slap on some coconut oil and it’s taken care of.

However, this flare-up became much worse.

Caymus Ear Flush Mission Med Vet VCA Mission 2

My mom had an appointment to take Caymus into KC Cat Clinic on a Monday because his ear was irritated and nothing we were doing was helping it. But by Sunday, we noticed his left ear was swollen (about 3 times the thickness of his right ear), so we took him to the emergency vet, VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center.

Caymus Ear Flush Mission Med Vet VCA Mission 3

After a cytlology in both ears, they found yeast and bacteria in both ears, so he’s being treated for both – with an ear flush, Triz EDTA, and an antiobiotic, Otomax. Also, he got an intravenous steroid, Dexamethasone Sp 4mg/ml, to help with inflammation. They shaved his ear to get a better look at the scene. He was a good kitty and the doc and staff at VCA Mission were great. Here is a video I captured of Abby, the vet tech, showing me how to flush his ear every 48 hours with Triz EDTA.

He is already doing 100x better – this was the difference in his ear just after 24 hours (swelling was gone and so was the redness):

Ragdoll Cat Caymus Ear

Have you had any problems with your kitty’s ears?  Please share your stories in the comments below.

Comments (6)

  1. Poor Caymus!!! He must have been in so much pain 🙁 I am so glad it wasn’t anything much worse, and I hope he is so much better now. No, I’ve not had any problems with Peachy where ear problems are concerned, although I did have a problem the year before last with a spot he had under his chin that wouldn’t stop running with watery fluid … it honestly was just a torrential flood, and I was seriously wondering if I’d end up with a drowned raggie … that is how bad it was, until 2 days later when he had a good scratch, and whatever it was he dislodged it … I had taken him to my vet and he had given Peachy medication although I can’t now remember what that medication was. With now living in a country town, I am very aware with Peachy outside for up to 12 hours sometimes, there are a lot of grasses and such that pose problems, especially the bidibidis that stick to his fluffy coat, and they do have a habit of getting stuck to his head and ears as well. Now everynight I have an unpicking session with Peachy, which fortunately he doesn’t mind, and he is quite enjoying it and getting used to it. I am one diligent mother!!! I wish Caymus all the best for a speedy recovery 🙂

  2. So glad to see Caymus ears are better! Thank you for sharing this video, I’ve been wondering if I’ve been cleaning my Harry’s and Tiff’s ear correctly, was kind of worried about pouring the solution right into to ear canal. Get well to 100% soon Caymus!

  3. Poor buddy Caymus! Sending him lots of get well wishes from Gracie, Illaria, Mari, Lady Grey and Ginger Boy.

    None of thel indoor kitties have ever had any ear problems, but the ones who went outside have and treated them accordingly just as they instructed at the vet. One kitty scratched his ear so much because of ear mites that it broke the blood vessels with a hematoma developing. The only thing at that point is to have it cauterized because it will just keep filling up with blood if left untreated. Poor little thing, after that, he had a cauliflower ear for the remainder of his life. Looked like he had someone boxing his ears!

    1. Sad! I got scared about Caymus getting a hematoma – so thats why we took him to the emergency vet and didn’t wait. I do not know why this happened to him and that’s probably the most annoying thing. I think it might be food or a product my mom is using.

      1. Know what you mean about worrying, but sometimes no matter what we do or how vigilant we are, our babies still get sick from time to time just as humans do. Glad to hear he is doing so much better!♥♥♥

  4. Poor Caymus! So glad he’s doing better! That hematoma situation that Teresa described sounds just awful. Poor kitteh. We’ve never had any problems with Miss PSB’s ears but she’s strictly an indoor kitty girl. The video was really great, though. It’s always good to have something like this as a reference, just in case. The vet (or vet tech) did a great job with Caymus, who was a trooper through the whole ordeal! Hoping he’s almost back to his normal self by now!

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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