VCA Veterinary Hospital of Leon Springs

Ear Checks

Conditions with the ears are very common in both cats and dogs.

Part of your pet’s Wellness Exam includes an assessment of his or her ears. Problems with the ears can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful. Conditions of the ear occur frequently in both dogs and cats, and can result from a variety of causes. Determining these causes is vital to the long term resolution of the symptoms. If you feel that your pet could be suffering from an ear problem, we recommend that you schedule an examination with your veterinarian
Signs your pet could be suffering from an ear condition can include:

  • Head shaking
  • Scratching and pawing at the ears
  • Whining
  • Abnormal odors emanating from the ears

A detailed history and performing a full examination of the patient are critical. Careful examination of the ear with an otoscope helps the veterinarian to visualize the full length of the ear canal and the ear drum, providing information important to the diagnosis. Pain is common in ear disease and some patients will require sedation or anesthesia to be properly evaluated. Additional diagnostic tests are often warranted. Some of these additional steps may involve gathering samples and cultures to check for potential problems and parasites like ear mites.

In uncomplicated ear disease, treatment may be straight-forward when the proper information is gathered. However, most recurrent cases of ear disease involve multiple causes like allergy, infection, foreign bodies, tumors or ear mites. Treating only one cause will limit the response to therapy. This means that a possible combination of medications and procedures may be recommended. Rechecking the ear after each stage of the treatment is critical to providing a long term resolution to the problem.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of an emergency during normal business hours (M-F 7:30am - 7:00pm) please call us at 210-698-1043.


Should you have an after-hours emergency, please contact either of these pet emergency hospitals:


Mission Pet Emergency -

Located at: 8202 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio Texas, 78249

Phone: 210-691-0900


Emergency Pet Center -

Located at: 503 E. Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio Texas, 78258

Phone: 210-404-2873


If you feel that your pet has potentially ingested a toxin, please contact either one of the above listed pet emergency centers, or the pet poison helpline. 

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For a list of current pet food recall alerts, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's website at