In a cat
Inflamed Infected Ear
Improperly treated ear problems are common and can be very devastating to the wellness of your pet. Pouring Peroxide or Mineral Oil down a pet's ear does not make a bad problem better!
Grass seed deep in ear canal
Video Otoscopic View
Because of their shape, ears tend to "catch" seeds and other objects, or acumulate hair and debris, leading to problems.
Seen here- a fresh grass seed in the lower ear canal adjacent to a transparent, intact ear drum. One of the middle ear ossicles can be seen just to the left of and partially obscurred by the seed's blunt end.
Seeds not removed in a timely manner tend to penetrate the ear drum, inflaming the middle ear, otitis media.
In the dog & cat
Normal Ear Anatomy
Unlike the human ear, a dog's or cat's ear has a long "L"-shaped tube terminating at a remote, inaccessible ear drum. This membrane separates the external ear from the middle ear. The middle ear contains bony "ossicles" which transmit sound wave vibrations to the "inner ear" chambers responsible for hearing and balance. The eustachian tube (auditory tube) connects the middle ear to the back of the throat.