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Top 7 Otoscopes for Vets

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Examination of the outer ear canal is sometimes a hassle, mostly because animals with acute and chronic ear inflammation experience severe pain and sometimes have to be sedated, even for simple check-up. It’s important for the vet to make the examination as painless as possible and quite thorough so that the real cause for otitis can be identified.

We prepared a list of top 7 otoscopes used in the veterinary field with all of the pros and cons of each product.

Welch Allyn Digital MacroView 3.5 V Halogen HPX Veterinarian Fiber-Optic Otoscope

Welch Allyn Digital MacroView 3.5 V Halogen HPX Veterinarian Fiber-Optic Otoscope
List Price:$1,426.60
Price:$1,426.60
The otoscope is easy to use, both for professionals and veterinary students. It weighs 0.5 kg with 24 cm in width, 21.2 cm height and 6.2 cm depth. It comes with a reusable spatula set and MINI-USB cable (3 m) for Digital Macro-View. The digital feature is simple and doesn’t require some special software (plug and play character). You can further on store the photos of the examination in the patient’s records.
Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Good for vet students
  • Digital macro-view feature  

Cons:

  • High price
  • No power handle included

Buyer’s Guide

  • 0.5 kg/1 pound
  • Otoscope, Mini USB cable (3 m/10.0 ft), Reusable ear spatula set

Veterinary Diagnostic Professional Fiber Optic Ophthalmoscope Otoscope Kit

You get this diagnostic set with a professional otoscope and ophthalmoscope for the price of only $167 plus additional $13.99 for shipping. The otoscope comes with 10pcs, 4 mm each ear specula and ophthalmoscope with 4 openings, halogen hl illumination resembling daylight and 17 diopters focus. The magnifying lens is replaceable and optional insertion of external instruments is possible once the lens is removed.      

Pros:

  • Two in one ophthalmology and otoscopy tools
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • No digital features
  • Only for basic examination

Buyer’s guide:

  • 18 x 8 x 12 inches;
  • 10 pounds shipping weight
  • Otoscope, ophthalmoscope, ear specula set

Parker Veterinary Otoscope – Black by Ausilium

The Parker Veterinary Otoscope is a reliable veterinary instrument for everyday ear, throat and nose examination. It’s easily adjustable and comes with a neutral 2.5V vacuum light. The otoscope head can be purchased as ‘knurled screw’ or ‘plugin and snap’ locking type. It runs on batteries and in addition, you get 3 ear funnels which can be autoclaved.

Pros:

  • Good for pneumatic tympanic membrane testing
  • Used for rhinoscopic examinations
  • Autoclavable ear funnels

Cons:

  • New on the market with lack of feedback

Buyer’s guide:

  • Otoscope, 3 ear funnels

Surgical Instrument Specialists Veterinary Otoscope Set Improved Ergonomic Handle with 3V LED Bulb Animal Related Kit by SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SPECIALISTS

This is a professional veterinary otoscope good for small and large animals. It has 3V Led Bulb producing white light and a rheostat switch for adjustment of illumination. In addition, you get three ear specula 4 mm, 6 mm and 7 mm in length made out of polypropylene and autoclavable. The price of the products is 135.45 and extra $3.99 for shipping.

Pros:

  • Used in small and large animal practice
  • Autoclavable specula

Cons:

  • No extra specula
  • No instructions for use with the product

Buyer’s guide:

  • Packed in elegant plastic box
  • 4 X fold magnification
  • 1 otoscope head, 3 speculas (4 mm, 6 mm, 7 mm)

NEW LED Veterinary Operating Otoscope Kit

The operating vet kit comes with an operating open slot to allow the use of forceps. The forceps which are included in the kit are very useful when retrieval of foxtails and various foreign bodies out the ear canal is required. The set is packed in carrying snap-shut case covered with protective soft foam from the inside.

With the purchase of this otoscope kit for $99.92 you get operating otoscope head, microforceps, three speculum sizes (4 mm, 6 mm, 7 mm) and expandable specula. The forceps work really well with the expandable specula. The otoscope has glass lens with 5x magnification.

Pros:

  • Affordable price
  • Great for removal of foreign bodies in the ear canal
  • Expandable specula included

Cons:

  • Heavy to use for some people
  • Too short expanding forceps for some breeds

Buyer’s guide:

  • 1.5 pounds
  • 1 forceps, 3 speculas (4 mm, 6mm, 7mm)
  • Expanding specula

SPECv3 Fiber Optic LED Otoscope Physician Approved Ear Care Professional Home Medical Diagnostic Set Adult & Child 15 x Reusable Specula Hard ABS Case Set with AA Handle, Black  

This is the only otoscope found on Amazon.com that is FDA approved. Besides the lightweight characteristic and quality material (brass metal body, polymer weight) the greatest feature is the brightness of the light with color rendition correction that gives the true tissue color of the outer ear canal.

The product is packed in a protective carrying case and 15 ear speculas are included in the set. It can be used by both professional vets and students. With every purchase, you get a free educational e-book.

Pros:

  • High-quality material
  • Excellent brightness features
  • E-book included

Cons:

  • Parts more suitable for human medicine
  • Not suitable for standard disposable specula

Buyer’s guide:

  • 8.8 ounces
  • Protective case, otoscope head, and handler
  • 15 adjustable speculas

NEW! Incredible 3.5 V LED Veterinary Operating Otoscope SET -Premium Brand New-ALL IN ONE KIT ( CYNAMED BRAND )

Another open-system otoscope set both for examination of the ear canal and retrieving foreign bodies and foxtails with scratch-resistant lens and 5x magnification possibility.

Like most open-system veterinary sets you get a chrome-plated brass handle with otoscope head, expandable specula, microforceps, 4 mm, 6 mm, and 7mm speculas. The price is $59.99 and additional $4.99 for shipping.

Pros:

  • Good for foreign body retrieval
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • Thin carrying case
  • Possible low-quality plastic