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Dr. Michael Dym
Dr. Michael Dym
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Date: 10/22/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:I Took My Cat To The Vet Because Of Persistent Scratching At Ears And Shaking His Head. She Confirmed An Infestation Of Ear Mites And Recommended I Order Revolution Online (which I Have Done, Just Waiting For Delivery). She Also Treated Him With A Topical Medicine Inserted Directly Into His Ears To Kill The Current Infestation And Ease His Discomfort Until I Receive The Revolution In The Mail. However, Even Though His Ears Are Full Of Black Debris, She Didn't Clean Them At All. She Just Put The Medicine Right In, Rubbed It Around, And Sent Me On My Way. Should She Have Cleaned His Ears? Everything I Have Read Online Has Told Me That It's Pointless To Put Ear Mite Medications In Ears If The Ears Are Dirty And I Just Feel Like The Vet Should Have Cleaned Them Out. Will The Revolution Get Rid Of The Mites And The Black Stuff In His Ears So I Won't Have To Clean Them At All, Or Should I Definitely Clean Them Out? I Have Never Cleaned My Cats Ears And Don't Want To Cause Him Any More Pain Or Discomfort Than He Already Has.

Answer:Every Product And Protocol, As Well As Veterinarian Is Different In Terms Of Approaches To Ear Mite Treatment. Topical Revolution Is Indeed The Best And Safest Product On Market In My Opinion. Hang In There Until It Arrives. I Would Not Mess With The Ears Now, Unless Your Vet Has Instructed You. See Local Vet If You Are Concerned For Recheck

Date: 10/18/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat And Dog Ear Scratching

Question:Hi My Cats Are Adopted Ferrels. They Were Wild As Kittens-they Still Are Technically Kittens- Both Female But They Seem To Be Having Some Ear Trouble I Assumed An Infection Of Some Sort. I Checked Their Ears And They Dont Have As Much Of The Red Or Dark Crumbles For Ear Mites But The Crumbles Are There. Soon Enough Ive Been Noticing My Dogs Are Starting To Have The Same Symptoms As The Cats Do. Before They Havnt Had Any And Were Completely Healthy. So Im Almost Postive They Have Ear Mites. Especially Since We Moved Somewhere New. No Strong Odors, No Open Sores(yet) But They Do Shake There Heads And Scratch Their Ears. Like I Said There Is Slight Ear Crumbles In The Cats And A Decent Amount In The Dog's Ears. Whats Your Opinion? Advice? Anything I Can Do? I Was Thinking About Just Getting The Ear Mite Medication But I Didnt Want To Make The Problem Even Worse!

Answer:You Can Try The Over The Counter Ear Mite Medication From 1800petmeds, As Well As Even Zymox Otic Hc After That As Well. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Pets Need Full Veterinary Exam And Evaluation. My Preferred Ear Mite Treatment Is Topical Revolution Which Is Script From 1800petmeds.

Date: 10/17/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hartz Ultra Guard Ear Mites Drops

Question:Is Hertz Ultra Guard Ear Mite Drops Good To Use For My Cats Ears?

Answer:I Would Not Use These. I Prefer Prescription Topical Revolution For Quickest And Most Effective Kill Of Ear Mites. 1800petmeds Also Has Nonprescription Topical Ear Mite Drops For Cats As Well

Date: 07/21/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Infection Constant Scratching

Question:I Have Used Antibiotics And It Works But Ear Keeps Coming Back With Redness And Brown Infected Ear. Comes And Goes, Also Tried Using Mite Killer Seems To Help For Short Period Of Time. Need To Find Answer For Constant Problem.

Answer:Cat Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation Of Ear Discharge And/or Ear Culture If Problem Keeps Recurring. A Full Blood Panel Also Suggested In Case Any Underlying Metabolic Issues Causing Ear Discharge Increase In Cat.

Date: 07/19/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:Hello Dr. Dym, I Had A Question Regarding Ear Mite Treatment. I Currently Have A Lynx Point Siamese That Has By The Looks Of It In Her Right Ear A Brown Build Up Of Crust And Bacteria. After Doing A Bit Of Research And Web Surfing I Have Determined That This May Be A Ear Mite Infection But I Was Hoping To Maybe Get A Reassurance Before I Did Consult A Vet In Person. If Maybe I Could Get Some Advice On Anything I Could Look For Further To Determine Ultimately If It Is In Fact Ear Mites. I Have Noticed A Lot Of Odd Behavior Such As Head Shaking, Scratching Behind The Ear, And As Well Brown Stuff In The Ear. All Of This Sounded Pretty Close To The Ear Mite Symptoms But Is There Anything Else I Could Look For? And If It Is Ear Mites Is There Any Suggestions For Treating From Home Or Is It Advised To Consult A Vet? Thank You Very Much For Your Time

Answer:Ear Mites Are Rare In Adult Cats, Compared To Outodoor And/or Younger Or Stray Cats. It Is Equally If Not More Possible, That Cat May Have Overgrowth Of Yeast And/or Bacterial Infections Secondary To Underlying Allergies. Best To Have Full Vet Evaluation And Examination To Help Sort All Of These Out And Best Treatment Plan

Date: 07/17/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Tri-otic Ointment

Question:I Have A One Year Old Cat That Has Had Problems With Ear Mites When She Was A Kitten. As Of Now She Has Been Clear Of Mites For About 9 Months And No Fleas. I Took Her To The Vets A Few Days Ago Due To Access Ear Wax Discharge And Was Concerned The Mites My Have Came Back. The Vet Said Not Mites But Cats Who Have Had Mites At A Young Age Can Produce More Ear Wax Then Cats Who Never Had Them. So Then He Put Her On Tri-otic Ointment For "possible" Ear Infections. Which He Never Said She For Sure Had An Ear Infection But Its Just For Precaution Measures. I Am Concerned About Using This Product Not Knowing For Sure If There Is Truly An Ear Infection. Dont Know Much About This Product But Have Heard It Can Cause Hearing Problems And Side Affects. Was Wondering If You Think It Is Necessary To Use This? She Doesn't Have To Many Symptoms Of One, Just Itching Which Could Be Due To Access Wax.

Answer:It Is Possible For This Product To Rarely Cause Hearing Issues. I Dont Agree That Ear Wax And/or Discharge At An Older Age Is Due To Old Ear Mite Infection From Kittenhood Mites. I Would Have Vet Exam And Cytology And/or Ear Culture Of Discharge, To See If Yeast And/or Bacterial Infection. For Now, I Would Use Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds.

Date: 07/14/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:Is Hartz Ultraguard Dog Ear Mite Treatment Safe To Use On Cats?

Answer:I Would Not Recommend It. I Stick With Products Like Prescription Topical Revolution Or Topical Acarexx Or Milbemite

Date: 07/09/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:Would It Be Safe To Put Cat Ear Mite Medicine In A Dogs Ear Till I Can Get Some For Her

Answer:I Dont Think This Will Be A Problem, As Long As Not Expired And You Clean End Of Tube. I Would Not Assume Your Dog Has Ear Mites, However Which Is Not Common In Adult Dogs. You Should Have Vet Exam As Secondary Yeast And/or Bacterial Infections Are Much More Common In Adult Dogs

Date: 06/04/16
Category: First Aid
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Mite Medication In Eye

Question:My Kitten May Have Gotten Ear Mite Medication In His Eye. It Is Half Closed And Looks Sore. What Do I Do? It Is The Weekend And I Don't Want To Do An Emergency Vet Visit If I Don't Have To.

Answer:Needs Vet Exam Asap In Case An Eye Ulcer Is Present As May Need Topical Antibiotics, Etc

Date: 03/15/16
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Mites

Question: The Vet Answered Me Back But He Said That The Ear Mite Oral Medication Has A Very Limited Safety Range, What Does He Mean By That? Can Dogs Be Born With Ear Mites Transferred From Their Mother In The Womb To Them, As They Grow?

Answer:Ear Mites Are Not Transferred In Utero. Ear Mite Oral Medication Does Have Narrow Range But Your Vet Should Be Able To Accurately Give You Dose So That Things Are Safe.

Date: 04/25/14
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Using Cat Eat Mite Meds On Dog

Question:Can I Use My Cat's Ear Mite Medicine On My Dog Who Is About The Weight?

Answer:Would Depend On What Ear Mite Medicine Is, But Usually Any Ear Mite Medicine In Cats Is Fine For Dogs. I Would Not Assume Your Dog Has Ear Mites, As Ear Mites Not Common In Adult Or Senior Dogs.

Date: 03/13/14
Category: Other
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Scratching Around Ears/head Shaking

Question:Both Of Our Adult Cats Scratch Aound Their Ears And Have The Head Shake Thing.. They Do Not Have Apparent Ear Mite Problems, Nothing Visual,Dark Color, Or Pus; No Odor. I Changed Their Food Approx 6 Mos. Ago, To Blue, W/ More Protein, But Have Not Seen Any Improvement In The Scratching. (they Are Indoor Cats, But Occassionally The Male Gets Out By Stealth, Sometimes He Is Out As Much As An Hour Before We Can Corral Him.) What Can We Do For Our Pets?

Answer:I Would Try Chlorphenirimine At Dose Of 2 Mg Twice Daily. Add Dmg Liquid As Supplement And Yucca Intensive From 1800petmeds. Add Fatty Acid Like Missing Link To Meals. If No Help. See Vet For Allergy Workup.

Date: 01/09/14
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Can The Medications Used To Treat Ear Mites...

Question:Can The Same Medication Used To Treat Ear Mites In Dogs Also Be Used In A Cats Ears?

Answer:Yes Usually Ear Mite Medications Can Be Used In Both Dogs And Cats' Ears, But Check With Your Local Vet First.

Date: 01/03/14
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Can You Show Me Pictures Of Ers With Ear Mites Infested.

Question:My Dog Is Hardly Around Other Dogs, However Her Left Ear Is Pushing Out Of The Ear Canal. She Does Itch And Scrathch The Ear. I Tried Treating Her For Fungi, But The Medication Of Micellar Solution By Douxo Doesn't Appear To Help Her Left Ear. Can You Send Pictures Of Infected Dog Ears With Mite Infestation. Please Help My Poor Dog

Answer:Need To Have Vet Check And Possibly Ear Culture As May Need Different Ear Med. You Could Try Zymox Otic Hc From 1800petmeds.

Date: 12/08/13
Category: Ear Care
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:I Would Like To Know, What Can You Recommend Me To Give My Cat For Ear Mite Infection?

Answer:The Topical Product Revolution Is Probably Best From 1800petmeds. I Have Also Used Products Like Topical Ear Product Tresaderm, Which Is Also Prescription Item.

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