Clyde’s sore ears

A vet cleaning a dog’s ear

Clyde the West Highland Terrier Cross has been visiting Lynbrook Vet since we opened. He is a very special boy who has had chronic ear infections throughout his life despite the devotion towards his treatment given by his family and our team.

Above: Nurse Elise with Clyde

Clyde was diagnosed with bilateral otitis externa (ear infection of both ears) and after undergoing an anaesthetic to flush out his ear canals, he was found to have severe and chronic inflammation inside both ear canals which had also become very narrow. No wonder no medication was working! Poor Clyde also had an abscess form within his ear which his medication could no longer treat and so Clyde’s best hope was to undergo a special kind of surgery to remove the entire ear canal.

Above: Artist’s interpretation of the TECA surgery which requires the complete removal of the ear canal

This made Clyde’s family rather nervous. It was a big decision to make, but knowing it would make him so much happier, he was booked in for the procedure known as a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA).

The TECA surgery involves the removal of the entire ear canal and middle-ear cavity while leaving the ear flap in place. TECA’s are recommended at the end stages of chronic ear disease that can no longer be treated or managed with medication.

We enlisted the help of Dr Ralph Webster of Better Veterinary Referrals who specialises in this type of procedure. Clyde had both ear canals dissected and removed. He went home that night with a funky haircut and his mum told us he slept like a baby!

Above: Clyde after surgery with his funky haircut! Sterility is important for surgery, we promise it will grow back!

Clyde is now significantly more comfortable and feeling much better following his surgery and recovery from his severe ear infections. Clyde had his sutures removed and his incision site had healed within 2 weeks.

Clyde is loving the quiet life not having to listen to his sister Bonnie and being spoiled with treats from his parents as he lives the good life indoors and waits out the cold, Melbourne mornings until his hair grows back!

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  • Avatar Krystel H ★★★★★ a week ago
    Didn’t have a chance to read reviews prior to our visit because our beloved little Pum had a random and very scary one off seizure that sent us all into a panic yesterday afternoon. My daughter googling emergency vets while we were in a … More frenzy trying to load this precise cargo in the car resulted in us ending up here and after the care we received from the point of first contact to getting the favourite child home in one piece safe and sound was impeccable!To the lovely ladles on reception, Thankyou! You were so comforting and reassuring during the initial call at the height of our panic. Your guidance over the phone was invaluable and the service received upon arrival was brilliant. Only two calls were made to you guys and a vet closer to home and the reception from both couldn’t have been any more polar opposite which is why we ended up here and I’m so glad we did. You represented your establishment so fabulously. The vet herself and training student were also so lovely and while I never want to go through that experience ever again I’m glad we found you guys because all the reviews are pretty spot on, our family agrees and are so thankful for your help!
  • Avatar Vereena Dodds ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Everyone at Lynbrook Vet are so welcoming and caring. Everything is explained to you in great detail so that you know what is going on with your pet. I would 100% recommend them for your fur baby
  • Avatar Marissa L ★★★★★ a month ago
    Highly recommend Lynbrook Vet! I travel 30 minutes to take my fur baby Charlie and would do so in a heart beat any day. The team at Lynbrook goes above and beyond to ensure my dog had a good experience. He came in for a dental clean and … More came out with pearly shinny teeth. He did not show any signs of destress upon picking him up and came home to finish all his dinner.The lovely team provided updates throughout the day via texts and calls - it made me felt really comfortable that he was in good hands.
  • Avatar Katelyn Reynolds ★★★★★ a month ago
    Took our cat BB to the Lynbrook vet once we moved into the area. The other reviews for this vet are accurate. My cat had to go in for a dental and lump removal and the transparency and care were top notch from start to finish throughout … More the day. From the phone calls before, during and after the surgery, to the messages and photos from “our cat” to the detailed aftercare plan. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff in both the vet team and the admin staff. These are our vet team through and through.
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    The BEST veterinary practise. Amazing customer service they remember our dogs and make them feel loved and special at every visit.
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    The have an excellent service and the team is really friendly and caring. I will recommend Lynbrook vet to all my friends. They look after my little one so good.

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