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Ask the Vet About Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats

Ear Mites
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Ask the Vet About Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats
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: Apr 19, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Itching constantly

Question:My cat has been itching and licking alot in the past few days mostly near the neck, ears and her front paws. She has brown black specks of discharge in both ears. She is 15 and is very difficult to take to the vets. How can I treat this? Should I treat it as ear mites or can I do a rinse of some sort? Please help thank you

Answer:She would have to come into contact with another cat to get ear mites - she may have an ear infection, especially if she is itching and licking a lot - she may be having an allergic reaction to something. The most common allergen is one flea - an allergic animal doesn't have to be infested so sometimes you wont see them, especially on cats who fastidiously groom them off. If you can't get her to your veterinarian right away, I would recommend treating her with Revolution to start with - it is a topical flea treatment but it kills ear mites as well.

Date: Apr 5, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Black build up in my cat's ears

Question:I can see him shake his head a lot and there are also scabs on my cat's body. Also my other animals also have mites but my family refuses to take them to the vet exp. It cost too much money, what can I do i feel so bad for my animals

Answer:I would not assume ear mites, as other types of issue including yeast and/or bacterial overgrowth in ears can also cause black wax buildup in ears of pets. Vet exam and evaluation of discharge under microscope is needed. You can try applying sweet almond oil down ear canals twice daily to see if helps dislodge ear wax and which will also smother mites over time until you can get to vet

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Horrible odor

Question:Cat has small scab like crust outside edge of both ears. Scabs are extremely horrible smelling. Shakes head a lot & scratches ears a lot. Think mites??

Answer:Could be mites - but it could also be an ear infection. Both are pretty easy to treat but they are treated totally different. Your veterinarian can quickly and easily differentiate and get your cat on the appropriate medication.

Date: Mar 13, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Need med for mites

Question:Can I order a MD for this

Answer:You don't need a prescription for most ear mite medications. Here is one that we carry: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html?Ntt=ear+mites

Date: Mar 1, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:Accidentally used flea and tick medication in dogs ear thinking it was the ear mites medication will my dog be OK? What can I do?

Answer:There are hundreds of different flea and tick medications so it depends on the actual product. There should be a number to call on the packaging.

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Treatment

Question:I believe my cat has ear mites. I have bought Otc drops but I was told the drops could kill the cat. Is this true? What is the best way to clean out the ear?

Answer:Most over-the-counter preparations for ear mites for cats have pyrethrins in them which, in high concentrations, can be toxic to cats. But, as long as it is labeled for cats and you pour in in their ears and not their mouth (don't laugh, it really happens) it won't hurt your cat. As far as cleaning the cats ears, I usually tell owners not to - it not only makes you and the cat miserable, you can shove the dirt and wax further down into their canal, making things worse. If you get frustrated, most veterinarians have a one time treatment for ear mites that makes treating ear mites easy.

Date: Apr 9, 2016
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies

Question:I Have A Dog That Just Had Puupies N They Are Always Sucking

Answer:Normal For Puppies To Nurse And Suckle

Date: Apr 7, 2016
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kittens

Question:Can A Cat Leave There Mom Earlier In Between 1 Month To 2

Answer:Yes That Should Not Be A Problem

Date: Apr 13, 2014
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kittens

Question:Is It Normal For A Cat To Hide Her Kittens For The Site Of Everyone. And Will It Be Ok To Move Them To A Cat Box For Her And The Kittens Or Is That A Bad Thing

Answer:I Think Moving Them To Quiet Area Is Fine. It Is Normal For Mother Cat To Hide Her Kittens From Others.

Date: Apr 5, 2013
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies

Question:I Have 2 Questions Pertaining To My Pit/lab Mix Male Who Is About 6-7 Months. He Has Been Eating Everything In Site, Which I Have Been Doing Some Research And Read That Its From Teething And Being Bored. But He Currently Has Only Been Eating My Underwear(clean Ones Not Even Dirty) And Dog Poop (his Own And Other Dogs)! How Do I Stop This? I Have Tried Huge Bones (takes Him About 5 Mins To Dev Ore) What Is A Safe Way To Stop Him. He Recently Had To Be Crate Trained Since He Was Eating Everything And Ended Up Really Sick From It.

Answer:Make Sure On Good Natural Diet Such As Wysong Epigen Diet From 1800petmeds. Add Naturevet Enzymes To Meals. Many Dogs Will Eventually Outgrow This, Although Same Have This Behavior Called Pica Throughout Their Lives, And Must Be Watched Closely.

Date: Oct 1, 2012
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kittens

Question:How Long Should You Wait Before Taking Kittens Away From Their Mother, Even If She's Still Nursing Them. How Should You Do It? Remove Them All At Once?

Answer:I Usually Allow Nursing For 3-4 Weeks Before Kittens Can Be Weaned Onto Solid Food.

Date: May 1, 2011
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies

Question:What Do You Do For Your Dog If She Has A Green Discharge After Having Puppies? She Is A Golden Retiever And She Had 13 Puppies And 3 Years Old

Answer:Sometimes Vaginal Discharges Can Be Nonspecific And Hormonally Related. I Would Have Vet Exam And Make Sure No Infection However.

Date: Dec 30, 2007
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies

Question:I Have A Miniture Poodle And She Is 4 Months Old And She Licks You Alot Is There Something Missing From Her Diet?

Answer:This Is Common Obsessive Behavior That Is Not Pathological. Make Sure She Is On Good Diet Like Azmira Or Pet Guard Or Wysong My Favorites. Give Good Multi Like Vitachews From 1800petmeds As Well As Add Naturevet Enzymes To Meals

Date: Nov 3, 2006
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies

Question:We Have A 3 Month Old Collie Pup. I Wanted To Start Off On The Right Foot With Her Nutritionally. She Was Fed A Generic Chicken/rice Food, So I Got Her Innova Chicken Rice And She Likes It And Does Not Seem To Have A Sensitive Stomach At All. The Breeder Also Recomended A Daily Supplement Called Nuvet. What Do You Think Of These 2 Things And What Would You Suggest I Switch Her Over To For Long Term Food. Thank You.

Answer:I Think Both Are Excellent Choices Even Used Long Term. Innova Is Excellent As Well As Other Foods Like Azmira From 1800petmeds, As Well As Pet Guard And Wysong Being My Other Favorites. Consider Giving Vitachews From 1800petmeds As Well As Add Naturevet Enzymes To Meals.

Date: Oct 18, 2006
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies

Question:My Puppy Was Born Sept.29.2006 He Was Given To Me Because He Was Not Growing At The Same Rate As His Other Siblings And My Dogs Puppies Were Stilborn On Oct. 09 2006 My Dog Has Taken To Her Very Well But I Noticed 3 Days Ago That Her Stomach Is Hard And Bloated With Spider Viens On Her Hard Stomach

Answer:You Need To Take Her Into To Vet For Complete Assessment Including Stool Check For Parasites And Exam To Start


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