Despite chronic ear infection and a foreleg crushed by a forklift, Kenny is such a dear boy. Today, his entire diseased ear canal is removed by Dr Simon Quek @ Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi) in a procedure called TECALBO. A very rewarding surgery that offers Kenny a pain-free and better quality of life! Thank you Noah’s Ark CARES for watching over him.
What is a Total Ear Canal Ablation?
Total Ear Canal Ablation or TECA involves the removal of an infected ear canal when other treatment methods have failed. The full name for the procedure is Total Ear Canal Ablation with Lateral Bulla Osteotomy (TECA + LBO).
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF EAR INFECTION?
- Ear scratching
- Shaking of head
- Sensitivity to touch
- Thickened ear canals
- Foul odour from ear
- Discharge from ear canal
- Head in tilted position
If you notice these signs, have your vet examine your pet’s ears before the disease becomes chronic and irreversible.
WHEN DOES MY DOG REQUIRE TECA?
- Severe or recurrent infection/inflammation of the ear canal (otitis externa) or middle ear (otitis media) which is non-responsive to medical treatment
- Narrowing of ear canals due to chronic ear disease (certain breeds like the Shar Pei and Bulldog tend to have narrow ear canals, predisposing them to ear infections)
- Difficulty in administering ear medication (due to dog’s behaviour or owner’s time constraint)
- Tumours in the ear canal
can my dog still hear after the procedure?
Most dogs undergoing TECA already have reduced hearing due to severe changes in the ear canal so owners do not notice a significant difference in the dog’s hearing after surgery.
What we often do notice is a positive change in the dog’s behaviour and energy level after the infected ear canal is removed. No longer living with chronic pain, your dog will have a more active and better quality of life.
** Kenny currently stays at an industrial area. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can give this sweet and undemanding boy a foster or forever home. Read Kenny’s rescue story.