When you think about body parts that you can live without, you probably think about limbs, maybe a kidney, an eye, even. You probably don't immediately think about the ear canal. But last week, when a kitty came into the PPAC with what turned out to be an ear tumor, removing it was really the only course of action.
Backtracking a bit, when the client came into the clinic, the first thing Dr. S. noticed was a foul smell coming from the cat. Phewey! It didn't take long to identify the ear as the source of the smell. There was pus coming out of it and the cat was going at it—scratching it like there was no tomorrow. Dr. S. went in with an otoscope (that little conical shaped thing that fits perfectly into the ear) for a closer look and saw what looked like a tumor hanging out in there.
Ear tumors have the tendency to be malevolent (which basically means they can spread and cause lots of other problems long term), so Dr. S. said it needed to come out. The owner agreed and so Dr. S. went in there, removed the ear canal, the tumor and everything that came along with it. Once removed, the awful smell ceased, the scratching stopped and the kitty was much much happier.
Guess I'll add ear canals to my list of 'non-necessary' body parts!
Ti'l next time,