29 Sep Patient of the Week – Miss Butterworth
Miss Butterworth presented to Mountainside having crusting discharge from the left ear; she was also somewhat wobbly when up on the couch with her owners. Her owners were concerned about the possibility of an ear infection.
On examination, she had a hole in her left eardrum with a large amount of debris within the canal. There were also concerns with regard to her vision, along with neurological changes to the left-hand side of her face.
We began treatment for an inner ear infection with antibiotics. The concern is that the eye and the wobbly movement are associated with the ear. There are several nerves that run around the ear to control the facial muscles. The inflammation can lead to the development of facial paralysis permanently (similar to Bell’s Palsy in people).
Given the vision concerns, we provided a referral to see one of our local veterinary ophthalmologists for further evaluation.