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Feline Ear Wax


My 7 year old female Chocolate Siamese cat, Zooley, has had dark black build up in both her ears for the past 2 years.  She is strictly indoors and not exposed to any other animals besides my other cat (2 yrs old, indoor only, doesn’t have the build-up in his ears) and my Chihuahua (2 years old, indoor, and goes in my backyard for potty).  Also, she is on Nutro Indoor dry cat food.  I have taken her to multiple veterinarians to get different opinions and I have been told that she just is over-producing wax and it is nothing to be alarmed by.  I carefully clean her ears out every other day, which she hates but it is necessary to do so because of the amount of wax build-up.  They took a sample and heated the sample under a microscope; they said they saw no yeast or anything alive.   They prescribed some liquid ear medicine to use when it flares up, Tresaderm (15ml).  Also, there is no odor from her ears, and she acts normal and playful, eats, drinks, potty’s, and not running a fever.

She developed a hematoma on her ear from scratching at her ear, which I took her in immediately and it was surgically lanced to drain all the fluid out and she was on antibiotics.  That was about a year ago, and she is completely healed up and caused no cosmetic damage to her face or ear.  My veterinarian recently retired, after going to her for 10 years with all of my animals so I really don’t have a trusting relationship with another veterinarian.  

I recently took Zooley to another vet to get another opinion because Zooley’s ears are still the same and she scratches at them.  This vet wants to put her under anesthesia to do an ear scope because she would not allow him to look in to her ears, do you think this procedure is acceptable?  My other vet never had a problem with controlling Zooley, but this vet seems scared of her.  I’m not sure if I should continue with the second opinions and allow this new vet to do the procedure, or just leave her ears alone since I have been told they are healthy?

I’m in the Austin, TX area, so if anyone has a good vet recommendation I would appreciate it.

Now that I wrote my book on my Zooley as an over-protective pet parent, any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

-Concerned pet parent
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It sounds like you're going to have to vet shop, regardless of the necessity of the procedure. A vet who's scared or insecure around your pet isn't the greatest thing.

The only other thing I can think to suggest is if you have a not or humid home, it does aggravate this condition. Does zooley like tile floors? sometimes a cat puts two and two together and will sleep on a cool surface for some heat build up relief.
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