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