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Ask the Vet About Ear Infections in Dogs & Cats

Ear Infections in Pets
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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: May 24, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What to do?

Question:Hi we don't have enough money to go get right now lost my job. Was wondering what you would recommend for my pit he is 100 and get ear infections. What would you recommend ordering. We do clean his ears regularly but it's not working. Could you give me a dosage and how much and how long to use. Thanks you

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and Zymox will work for mild ear infections, but for moderate or severe, you usually end up needing the stronger prescription medications that you would have to get at your veterinarian. Often, ear infections will be secondary to allergies, particularly food allergies, so trying to find what he is allergic to is a good idea - try him on a strict hypoallergenic diet for a few weeks (the dermatologists say 8 weeks with only the food and nothing else, no treats, no people food, etc).

Date: May 16, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: DIY medication for ear infections

Question:Hi, im looking for a at home remedy for my dog's ears. I know he has an ear infection in both ears because he slightly scratches his ears and shakes his head slowly as to say they hurt,also when gently touched or rubbed he yelps..there is a squishy watery sound coming from his ears also. Im all about home remedies and would like to know what is best. I have vitamin e oil, witch hazel, peroxide, organic ACV, so would any of these help in the aid of healing my poor baby.

Answer:If you can hear fluid squishing around in his ear canal, that is usually pus, so he really needs a prescription ear medication with an antibiotic - they come with an antifungal as well which is almost always present as well in ear infections and they also have a topical steroid in them that helps with the pain and inflammation. Just an office visit and one tube of ear medication shouldn't be terribly expensive. Please don't stick any of those things you listed down in his ear because most of them will make it worse. Vinegar & alcohol can help PREVENT an ear infection but won't treat one that has pus down in the canal - and it would be wildly inhumane to squirt alcohol down in his painful ear.

Date: Apr 28, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:Can I put human ear drops in my 90 pound dog ears. He get ear infections alot and I'm out of his drops but I have 2 bottles on hand of neomycin, polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone

Answer:Dogs get different kinds of infections than people do so using people medication isn't a good idea. They get different kinds of bacteria and a large percentage of most infections is a yeast/fungal infection (that's what gives them that kind of sweet, fetid, strong odor) so you really need something formulated for dogs.

Date: Apr 27, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is it safe

Question:My 2 yr old mut dog recently diagnosed with ear infection and ruptured ear drum was prescribed baytril otic and oral ciprofloxacin 500 mg oral pill for 30 days once a day...after doing some reading it sounds like with a ruptured drum some drops aren't safe to use...I'm really concerned because the vet made me sign a waiver saying the medication isn't used for dogs with ruptured drums but still prescribed it ...please help I love him so much he is a rot mix weighs 50 lbs

Answer:Most, if not all ear meds are "labelled" to use with caution with ruptured ear drums, however as long as your vet is monitoring situation appropriately with periodic followups and rechecks, I would follow his or her direction

Date: Apr 27, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Resistant ear infection.

Question:Hello Doctor, I have an 11 year old cocker spaniel. He has had on and off ear infections but they were always resolved with Mometamax. He has now been battling a terrible ear infection that won't go away. He had two tubes of Claro Otic Solution and was put on Zeniquin for 4 weeks, to no avail. I took him to see a vet dermatologist. He put him on another three weeks of Zeniquin, Posatex drops, TrizEDTA flush once a day and Nizoral oral tablets. He couldn't stomach the Nizoral. They are going to try Diflucan. They cultured the ear and the bacteria is highly resistant to many bacterias, hence the Zeniquin. And they are still seeing yeast and bacteria. He is also on Gabapentin for the pain. The vet dermatologist said if in three weeks it doesn't clear they will have to do a quick video-otoscopic evaluation to check for a foreign body or tumor. I'm starting to get discouraged and really worried about him being on so many meds for so long. I have him on a probiotic to help his tummy with the antibiotics. Thanks for any advice you can provide! -Kate.

Answer:I'm really pleased that you are seeing a veterinary dermatologist. It sounds like you really have him on good medications and have a good plan for him. The only thing I didn't hear you talk about is if they have fully ruled out that his ear problems are not secondary to an allergy, particularly a food allergy. Ruling out a food allergy can be a strict months-long endeavor, so follow your dermatologist's protocol. I'm sure they have talked to you about that. They really see more of the bad, resistant ear infection than we (regular private practice veterinarians) see, so it sounds like you are in good hands.

Date: Apr 24, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection/yeast

Question:I have a nearly 13year old dachshund. She has had brown residue coming out of her years most of her life. Every time I took her in for her yearly checkup she would need an antibiotic. Now I think she has lost most of her hearing. Will meds help? I just don't want her to be in any pain or discomfort.

Answer:Chronic ear infections are usually secondary to allergies. It's not too late to try to find what she is allergic to, but that can take months/years sometimes - food is a common culprit when only ears are affected. Try to use a prescription hypoallergenic diet like Z/D for a minimum of 8 weeks to see if that helps. To answer your question, topical ear medications usually do help with all of the inflammation and make their ear feel a lot better and allow them to hear a little better, but it is temporary if they keep coming back into contact with what they are allergic to.

Date: Apr 17, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Holding head to the side

Question:Hi there, So I have been having to spend a lot of money on my little chihuahua lately since he was diagnosed with CHF. He is doing fine with that and all the meds he is on. But yesterday I noticed he started holding his head sideways and shaking his ear. I looked in his ear and it isn't red. He seems to act like it is itching or bothering him somehow. Is this something that he may need to see a vet for or should I wait to see if it goes away? I'm just broke now so didn't know if I could do another vet appointment.

Answer:I would go ahead and take him in - he may have an inner ear infection and may just need some antibiotics, which shouldn't be that expensive - and with all his other problems, you really want to nip it in the bud.

Date: Apr 11, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergies and ear discomfort in Spring

Question:Max is rubbing his ears against pretty much anything he can. He is uncomfortable in the Spring and has red eyes

Answer:If it only happens during the spring, then yes, he probably has allergies. You can try Zymox with hydrocortisone and oral antihistamines can help but if he is really uncomfortable, see your veterinarian for stronger medications. Here is a link if you want to read about Zymox: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Apr 5, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Infection

Question:Hello, I have a pug who hates having her ears touched to the point of not being able to put drops on her ear. Is there something else I could use instead of drops or drops that don't have to go into ear canal?

Answer:I get this question a lot, as you can imagine, because ear infections are so painful. Unfortunately you almost always have to use something topical for ear infections. You can try to time it when they are asleep and just do one ear at a time quickly. Some new medication just came out that requires only one application - it is prescription so you have to get it at your veterinarians but then get them to apply it.

Date: Apr 2, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medication for ear infection

Question:Hello sir i am from india my dog is suffering from ear infection since a long time he shakes his head scratches his ears so and sometimes smells bad too plz suggest some ear drop for him as he is very very natughty

Answer:Prescription medications that you get from your veterinarian work a lot better than over-the-counter medications. One over-the-counter medication that works pretty well is Zymox with hydrocortisone. Here is a link if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Mar 13, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My dog has a chronic ear infection and will not allow me to treat it with Dr prescribed drops or ear wash. Is there anything I do to treat it without having to touch his ear until the pain is no longer a problem?

Answer:This is a commonly asked question because ear infections are so painful. The answer is unfortunately, No. There isn't a good blood supply to the inside of the ear canal where the ear infection is, so you really need to treat ear infections topically. Thankfully, they have just recently come out with a one time application, strong ear medication for ear infections. It's prescription, so you would have to get it at your veterinarian, but it sounds like they would have to apply it anyway, so that might work nicely for your dog.

Date: Mar 13, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Left ear smell and head shaking from dog

Question:My 4yr old pitbull boy has been shaking his hard alot and it seems to have a odor to the left ear. Is there anyway I can help him with out the high price if the vet?

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and Zymox will work for mild ear infections, but for moderate or severe, you usually end up needing the stronger prescription medications that you would have to get at your veterinarian.

Date: Mar 8, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear drops for a difficult dog

Question:Any suggestions on how to give a dog ear drops when he freaks out when you get near his ear? He will pull and jerk away, urinate on the floor or all over, try anything to get away short of biting. I have tried straddling him while he is laying down, ended up with a wet leg and him throwing me off. He is a big boy, husky and Irish setter mix, about 200lbs. I am hoping that when I can finally get the drops in his ears he will realize they will help him, but he is refusing to even let me get close. Help!

Answer:Ear infections are painful. The more you wrestle with him, the worse it will get usually. Using 2 people helps calm some dogs - one to hold and one to apply the medication. Applying the medication really quickly when he is sleeping sometimes works. There are new ear medications that have to only be applied one time. They are prescription so they are more expensive but worth it if you are having that much trouble - get the veterinarian and his/her staff to apply it.

Date: Feb 24, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair in ear canal

Question:I recently brought my English Bulldog in for an emergency vet visit because she cut her lower eye lid. While there I also asked the vet to check her ears as when I clean them I get a dark brown color substance from them. I have only had her a few months and she came to me with several issues that we have treated. The vet said the substance was normal ear wax, but upon examination he said that she has a buildup of hair in her ear canals from shedding over the years. He used a scary looking took to go in and grab some of the hair out, but it was painful to her, so he stopped. He recommended bringing her back to be sedated to have the hair removed from the ear canals. I would really like another opinion. Is this common? Is this procedure safe? Are there any alternative solutions? I only want to do what is safe because my entire goal is to give this sweet girl a loving home and for her to feel good and be healthy. Thanks so much!

Answer:I only remove ear hairs if they are interfering with normal discharge and/or the wax is clumped and stuck in the ear hairs. If the discharge can be safely flushed out of the ears with good solutions like Epiotic from 1800petmeds or Tris EDTA solutions, then I dont typically pluck hairs. You can also try zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds.

Date: Feb 21, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My dog's ear is discharging with some sticky substance n his ear h yellow coloured wax what to do? He z hanging his head, crying while itching over ear...how to treat this infection..I lv my dog so much I can't see him in pain can u suggest any medicine or ear drop to relieve his pain asap?

Answer:The yellow discharge sounds like pus so you really need to take him to your veterinarian for some stronger medication that has an antibiotic and antifungal medicine in it but my favorite over-the-counter ear medication is probably Zymox. It has a topical steroid that will make it feel better until you can get him to the vet. Here's a link tot he product: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html


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