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What is the procedure to see if a cat has perforated

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What is the procedure for checking to see if a cat has perforated ear drums?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
First, ear drums can heal with time but this can take months to occur. So, a ruptured ear drum is not always a permanent issue for our kitties.
Now in regards ***** ***** we can check the ear drum's patency, we can do this via examination using an otoscope. This can usually be done in during the vet visit in the consult room. Of course, if there is worry of middle ear disease, then xrays or CT may be of benefit to look at the deeper middle ear structures.
Now damage to the ear drum can be straight forward to diagnose if the drum is burst or torn. That said, it can be more difficult if the membrane has only microscopic tears. Just to let you see what it is that we see when looking into a ear, I do want to include some photographic examples of normal and damaged ear drums.
A normal ear drum looks like this (example @ http://vetbook.org/wiki/cat/images/thumb/4/42/Otitis10.jpg/180px-Otitis10.jpg)
A ruptured drum looks like this (example @ http://www.morrisanimalhospital.com/images/oto_rupt4.jpg)
Finally, tears can look like anything but you can see an example (@ http://www.ent-surgery.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/img15.jpg)
So as you see, bursts and tears are usually quite clear to see with otoscopic exam alone. So, your vet should have no issues diagnosing this if present for your lad.
I hope this information is helpful.
If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!
All the best,
Dr. B.
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