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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: 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

Date: Feb 9, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic ear problems

Question:We have a 7 year old chocolate lab who shakes his head constantly. I have taken him to the vet and they said he did not have a ear infection, they gave me a ear was for his ears which I used as directed and it didn't make any difference. There is no odor, drainage or excessive wax build up. Could you give me a idea of why he shakes his head so much?

Answer:Most likely underlying doggy hayfever, which is known as canine atopy. Most likely needs systemic allergy treatment including antihistamines and/or low dose cortisone. I would also put dog on fatty acid like Be WEll from 1800petmeds.

Date: Feb 7, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: "gunk" in ears

Question:My 7 month old Havanese has "gunk" in her ears as my groomer says. She doesn't scratch them a lot and it does not seem to bother her. It has a foul odor and is just something I want to clean. She told me to use vinegar and water. Why does she get this and what do you recommend? I have a 3 year old Havanese and he does not have this issue.

Answer:Some dogs build up nonspecific discharges like this due to mild allergies and/or occasional internal imbalances i.e liver imbalances, etc. I would use the product Zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds, which is wonderful as cleaning and mild antibacterial/antiyeast product. Put her on good fatty acid like Be Well as well from 1800petmeds. If problem persists or worsens, see vet for full allergy workup

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection and tick bites on body

Question:Sir, i have 10 years spitz. She is suffering from ear infection and tick bites on body. How can i treat her. As i found from this site Amoxicillin antibiotoc and clindamycin with benzoyl peroxide is good. Is it correct treatment or not. If not please suggest me the medicine and doages

Answer:For her ear infection, you need to know if she has ear mites or an ear infection because they are treated differently. Oral antibiotics don't work very well for ear infections because the infection is in the ear canal where they don't have a very good blood supply. Amoxicillin and Clindamycin would be two of my least favorite antibiotics for an ear or skin infection based on the most common types of bacteria that cause these. Getting rid of the ticks is obviously a good idea. A medicated shampoo with an antifungal/antibacterial like ketoconazole and/or chlorhexidine will help if she has a secondary skin infection.

Date: Jan 25, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Clavamox

Question:Last week my 7 yr old maltese was acting weird, lethargic, and was walking sideways. He kept circling around and even vomited. I took him to the vet and he said he had an ear infection which caused the vertigo. He prescribed Clavamox and Mometamax. The vet and his assistant failed to tell me that Clavamox is suppose to be given orally. So I assumed that both medications are for his ears. Seeing no improvement i read the box and realized I made a mistake. I had already given him 4 ml worth of Clavamox inside his ears so I called the vet immediately and he told me to go back to flush his ears. He said there is nothing to worry about but deep down inside I am panicking. Should I worry and take him to the ER?

Answer:Hey Tiffany, No need to worry too much about that but you definitely want to let them flush it out of his ears. They flavor it with sweeteners that the ear infection doesn't need to enjoy. Also give him his oral dosage as soon as you can, but feed it with food. Clavamox, like a lot of antibiotics, can upset an empty stomach especially if they are dizzy from an inner ear infection. Hope that helps!

Date: Jan 23, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constant ear irritation

Question:My German Shepard has constant ear irritation, itching, swelling and redness. I use ear ointment Otomax 15 gm but it always returns. What else can I do?

Answer:It can be dangerous to administer medication down the ear without inspecting the ear drum, as a perforated ear drum can lead to serious issues. I recommend having this issue looked at by a veterinarian. This will also help you to determine any underlying predisposing factors like allergies or excessive moisture buildup. You can book a vet house call at www.vetpronto.com"

Date: Jan 13, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hematoma

Question:My 8 yr. old Yellow Lab just suffered his first hematoma, due to a very bad ear infection. They inserted a drain, which fell out after the first week, and today is the 3rd week since his procedure. The ear looks good, and I was treating it, every day, with peroxide, but it looks like it might be filled up again. Is this normal, or should I bring him back to the Vet?

Answer:I would have vet check as hematomas can sometimes reform and may need additional drainage by vet

Date: Jan 9, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to dry ears after swimming

Question:My two dogs swim a lot, year round. You mention to dry the dogs ears after swimming to prevent infections or problem issues due to constant presence of water in the ear. Exactly HOW do I dry the dogs' ears, because the water settles deep inside the ear, beyond the visual opening. Thank you!

Answer:I personally prefer using drying ear solutions in the ear directly after swimming such as Epiotic from 1800petmeds

Date: Jan 1, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic Ear Infections In Chocolate Lab

Question:I Spend Lots Of Money Going To The Vet With A Ear Infection In My Lab. The Vet Never Looks In The Ear With An Otoscope , He Cultures It And Then Gives Us A Fungal /bacterial Irrigation Solution And A Ear Drop Solution Otomax. It Works But As Soon As I Stop It Comes Back (always Only In One Ear. ) We Are On Grainfree Food As Well. He Is An Inside Dog That Gets To Run With My Husband As He Is A Distance Runner, So Does Get In Grasses And Ditches....but Again It Is Only In One Ear. I Want To Try The Enzyme Ear Drops. I Worry About The Eardrum Not Being Intact. Ideas?

Answer:Chronic doggy hayfever known as canine atopy can occur even in one ear only in some pets, and is due to inhalent/contact allergies to molds, grasses, pollens, etc. Often these underlying allergies need to be addressed or ear issue will recur. You need to see another vet in your area to evaluate ear drum as well as evaluate ear discharge through cytology or culture or ear issue will recur

Date: Sep 19, 2016
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:I Have A Border Collie Almost 2, Both Ears Used To Stand Now One Is Droopy. I've Looked And It Looks Clean.

Answer:I Would Take Her To Vet For Exam To Make Sure No Infection

Date: Sep 18, 2016
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ears

Question:I First Saw A Vet Due To The Unusual Way My Cats Ears Looked Inside And They Smelled, By Looking Online I Can Only Describe Them As "polyps". My Cat Was Treated With Antibiotics, 2 Months Later He Developed Two Abscesses On His Neck, I Took Him To The Vet (it's A Fairly Big Office And Through His Treatment He Saw Three Different Vets). My Cat Is An Indoor Cat And I Think The Vets Couldn't Get Past The Fact That He Didn't Get These Abscess From Being In A Cat Fight. He Was On Various Antibiotics For These Abscesses For Approx. Two Months. He Had An Operation To Close The Abscesses But One Wouldn't Heal, It Still Had Discharge Coming From It. About Two Weeks Before He Became Seriously Ill My Daughter Asked Me To Ask The Vet To Check His Ears Because She Thought The Reason This One Abscess Wouldn't Heal Was Because Of His Previous Ear Problem. The Vet Looked In His Ears And Said One Looked A Little "crusty" But Was Fine And That His Abscess Should Heal And I Wouldn't Need To Come Back. Two Weeks Later, The Abscess Was Still There After All Of The Antibiotics And Me Cleaning It Twice A Day With A Iodine Wash. I Took Him Back To The Vet Because He Was Becoming Lethargic, More Blood Tests Were Taken That Showed He Was Healthy Internally, I Was Give More Antibiotics And Told That He Would Probably Have A Seisure And I Would Need To Let Him Go, At This Visit My Daughter Asked If His Ears Could Be The Problem, The Vet Didn't Really Answer So We Took Him Home, To Die, I Guess. The Following Day We Took Our Cat To An Emergency Vet Hospital, The Vet Looked In His Ears And In One Of Them She Said It Was Closed, They Took An X-ray And Found He Had A Blockage In His Ear, It Turned Out To Be A Benign Tumor. This Is Also Why He Had The Abscesses, Because The Fluid That Was Collecting Couldn't Escape. My Question Is Three Different Vets Saw Him, They Advertise "state-of-the- Art" Equipment And Referrals If They Can't Figure Out What The Pets' Problem Is - The Day I Took My Pet In And The Vet Looked In His "crusty" Ear, Did She Really See Anything Because If She Had, Wouldn't She Have Suggested I Take My Cat To See Someone Who Could Help Him? My Cat Almost Died, He Was In Critical Care Before And After His Operation. He Is Doing Better Now That He Had His Whole Ear Canal Removed. I'm Not Angry That They Didn't Connect His Abscesses To His Previous Ear Problem, I'm Disturbed That The Vet Probably Never Really Saw Inside Of His Ear, At All.

Answer:I Am So Sorry To Hear Of Your Negative Experiences With Your Kitty And His Ear/abscess Issues. If Ever In Doubt In Future, Always Best To Ask For Referral To Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist In Your Area, As Sometimes Expert Opinion Needed On Complex Cases That Are Not Easily Solved In General Practice

Date: Sep 9, 2016
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Head Shaking

Question:My 14 Year Old Jack Russell Has Been Shaking His Head And Rubbing It Against The Ground. He Seems To Not Want To Open His Mouth Wide For Treats And Food. The Vet Has Checked His Ears And Teeth And They Are Fine. What Else Would Cause This.

Answer:Not Sure About Not Wanting To Open Mouth For Treats Wide. Ask Your Vet About Separate Issue Known As Masticatory Muscle Myositis(mmm) Although I Doubt This Pet Has That. Perhaps Second Opinion From Vet In Area To Directly Examine Him

Date: Sep 8, 2016
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Injected With Duramune Max5

Question:What Is The Affect Of The Duramune Max5 When Mistakenly Injected Into A Cat? This Happened To My Friends 5 Month Old Kitten. A Week Later The Kitty Had A Seizure. The Vet Found That The Kitty Had A105 Degree Temp. Gave The Kitty Fluids And Put On Clavamox. Thinks The Kitty Has A Cold Because All Blood Work Came Back Normal. Kitty Is Still At Vet After A Week Now, Getting Fluids Twice A Day, Being Force Fed, Ears Have A Slight Yellow Appearance And Still Getting Clavamox. My Friend Is Going Crazy With Worry. Even The Vet Today Seemed A Little Unsure As We Were Asking Questions But Assured Us The Canine Injection Is Not The Problem. Thoughts??

Answer:Unknown Long Term Results Of Inappropriate Injection Of Combination Viral Vaccination In Wrong Species. Even In Dogs, I Am Not A Fan Of 5 Or 7 In One Vaccinations, As The More Viral Components In A Vaccination, The More Acute And/or Chronic Reactions I Have Seen. Most Of Time, Even In Species Appropriate Vaccinations, I Dont Recommend More Than A Few Viruses In One Vaccination. I Would Try And Consult With A Homeopathic Veterinarian On This One, As They Are Better Trained To Treat This Type Of Reaction Than Our Traditional Training Taught Us In Veterinary School. Clavamox Has No Role In Treating Vaccination Reactions, Unless There Is Secondary Bacterial Infection. See Www.drpitcairn.com For List Of Homeopathic Vets And To Learn More, As Well As Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Offer Phone Consultations

Date: Sep 5, 2016
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Preventing Mosquito Bites

Question:Dear Dr. Dym, my Outdoor Cats Suffer A Lot Every Summer From Mosquito Bites To Their Ears To The Point Where They Get Bloody Ears With Open Sores From Constantly Scratching Or Rubbing Their Ears On Walls And Stairs To Relieve The Itch. i Can't Keep Them In For Extended Periods Of Time Because They Meow And Cry Non-stop, Just Wanting To Get Back Outside. they Get Revolution Monthly So We Know They Don't Have Ear Mites. my Questions Are; 1. Is There Anything My Pets Can Wear Around Their Neck To Prevent Mosquitoes From Biting Them On The Ears, Or Is There Anything Safe That I Can Apply Daily On Their Ears ( Maybe Like Peppermint Oil Or Something) That Will Repel The Mosquitoes And Prevent The Bites? 2. I Apply Neosporin On The Bites To Prevent Infection And To Facilitate Some Healing Right Now. Is There Anything I Can Use Or Do To Better Prevent Infection, Speed The Healing And At The Same Time Possibly Relieve The Itching Sensation? 3. Dependent On What The Repellant Is, Can The Repellant And Infection And Itch Prevention Be Applied Simultaneously? thank You In Advance For Your Reply.

Answer:I Am Not Familiar With A Specific Fly Repellent For Cats, However There Is One That Was Out Years Ago, That Was Effective For The Ear Tips Of Outside Dogs. You Can Check With 1800petmeds Pharmacist On Its Availability And/of If Safe To Use In Cats, Because I Have No Experience Using These In Cats. I Would Try The Natural Topical Gel From Health Food Store Called Calendula, Which Is Not Only Antibacterial, But Also Stimulates Wound Healing. For Relieving Itching Sensation, Best I Can Suggest Is Chlorphenirimine At Dose Of Mg Twice Daily, But Cats May Need Systemic Antibiotic And/or Anti Itch Therapy From Your Vet

Date: Sep 1, 2016
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Infection

Question:My Pug Has An Ear Infection. Is It Safe To Put Antipy/benzo Otic Sol Generic For Augalgan, In His Ear?

Answer:As I Have No Experience Or Knowledge Of This Product, I Personally Cant Recommend It. You May Want To Try Topical Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds. If No Help Or Signs Worsen, Your Pet Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation


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