posted Apr 21, 2016, 9:16 PM by Jason Belt
updated Apr 21, 2016, 9:19 PM
Betsy is a 5 year old hound mix. She is a very friendly girl who loves every new person she meets. Betsy has been living with two terribly infected ears for quite a long time. She came in to RCHS after the previous owners had repeatedly tried veterinary recommended routine therapies but the infections did not respond. Realizing that to allow Betsy to continue to live in such chronic pain would be cruel, they knew that they had 2 choices, either euthanize her to relieve her suffering (thankfully that just didn’t seem right) or relinquish her to an organization who could fundraise to provide the expensive treatment Betsy needed and that they could not afford. Thankfully they got in touch with RCHS.
The surgery that Betsy needs is a bilateral total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy. This procedure essentially removes all the ear structures including the canal but leaves the ear flap unchanged. The round bone behind the ear, called the tympanic bulla (you can feel yours behind your ear), will also be opened and flushed. A normal bulla is hollow and air-filled. Betsy’s are packed with thick pus and bacteria that must be cleaned and rinsed out.
Betsy is a really great dog and we thinks she deserves a chance at life, and a life without pain. We hope you will agree and help us cover the cost of Betsy's surgery. No amount is too small.