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Question:My dog Dakota has been scratching at her ears the past few days. I use wipes for general cleaning anyways and there is nothing unusual beyond a little waxy buildup. I bought over the counter drops at PetSmart for ear mites and ticks thinking that might be the problem. She is scratching less, but I want to know if I should be doing anything else.
Answer:It is great to treat for ear mites just to rule that out, but most dogs will have allergies that cause their ear infections. 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. If she gets recurrent ear infections, you will want to start trying to figure out what she is allergic to.
Question:I am wondering if you can recommend a safe ear mite treatment for 5 week old kittens. I was sold a product by my vet that I found out (after giving it to them for a week) is ONLY for dogs and actually dangerous for cats. I definitely need to treat them with something though, as I have other cats. I'd prefer to avoid pyrethrin if possible, as that once made my dog very ill.
Answer:I would recommend Milbemite-Otic. We don't carry it but it's easy to find on the internet.
Question:Hello. My cat is 11 and I've been noticing in left ear he his brown stuff in it. I clean it with ear wipes and it just keep coming back. What should I'd be doing instead? Thank you
Answer:Have your veterinarian check him for ear mites, ear infection (fungal and bacterial) and masses or conformational problems or even foreign bodies down in his ear canal that may make that ear stay chronically infected. If it's just a chronic infection, they will be able to put him on medication that may make it go away for good.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Question:I Have A Dog That Just Had Puupies N They Are Always Sucking
Answer:Normal For Puppies To Nurse And Suckle
Question:Can A Cat Leave There Mom Earlier In Between 1 Month To 2
Answer:Yes That Should Not Be A Problem
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.
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.
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.
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.