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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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 25, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My chihuahua always has irritated ear

Question:I have a 5 year old chihuahua. Her right ear is always irritating her. She scratches it raw. Ive been putting ear cleanser in it. And antibiotic ointment on the external ear where she is scratching. She's had this problem since i bought her from a breeder 5 years ago. Is their anything else i can do to control it. With over the counter meds. ?

Answer:Chronic ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear but you can try cleaning the ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox Otic (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). Both of these are over-the-counter. This combination of cleaning and/or Zymox Otic 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: Feb 21, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Wax removed

Question:Treating my dog with zymox. Have excived wax below ears. In hair. What can I use to remove it

Answer:Any kind fo dog shampoo should work - just don't get it inside the ear. If you feel you cannot keep it from getting in the ear, use something like this ear cleaner: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html

Date: Feb 17, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infections

Question:I have a hypoallergenic half mini poodle and half cavalier king Charles, hes got this milk chocolate looking substance that forms in his ears quite regularly I reached out to a vet and they tell me its ear mites . Hea had this coffee grain looking stuff coming out of his ears, what seem to look like it was clearing up, hes still got this brown stuff that looks like wax maybe in his ear and it smells I clean the outside with a ear cleanser and tips which I am super careful about that, after a few days it looks to somewhat clear up but they never look nice and clean. Due to the vets are so expensive and my husband lost his job recently I'm on a very fixed budget and was looking to buy a ear infection medicine to get for him to clear it io without having to pay outrageous office visits etc. Hes up on his shots and lives Indoors weighs less than 20 lbs. He shakes his head alot , and although I know I should take him and will do whatever it takes to ease his discomfort. I watched the video on an ear infection medication that I could purchase, but before I do I need to know since he has this brown waxy stuff in his ears will that hurt him. Please help and what do you suggest?

Answer:Ear mites and ear infections are treated entirely differently, so you need a diagnosis. This is more than likely an ear infection, not mites. Recurrent ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear but you can try cleaning the ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox Otic (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). Both of these are over-the-counter. This combination of cleaning and/or Zymox Otic 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: Feb 17, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Patterson Vet PattOtic Otic Suspension

Question:Everything I read state this medication is for canine use only. However, a new vet, just prescribed it for my cat. Is it safe to use on a cat? The treatment is because my cat went suddenly deaf. She did notice a slight infection in both ears.

Answer:I don't use that medication so I am not familiar with it. Asking the manufacturer is the best idea. Here is a link to their site: https://www.pattersonvet.com/Supplies/ProductFamilyDetails/PIF_665242

Date: Feb 8, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible ear infection

Question:My 9 month old cat is scratching her right ear and shaking her head. It seems painful. Can I treat her at home?

Answer:Ear mites and ear infections can look the same but they are treated entirely differently. Have your veterinarian check him to be sure what you are treating - treating an ear infection with ear mite medication is unnecessary and painful and vice versa.

Date: Feb 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection or ear mites

Question:Hello, I have a 5 month old pit bull and her left ear is really red and I have noticed her itching at it. Now her right ear is starting to turn pinkish red too. I'm not sure if it's ear infection (s) or possibly ear mites. Any advice will help and is appreciated. Thanks, Kara

Answer:They can loo the same but they are treated entirely differently. Have your veterinarian check him to be sure what you are treating - treating an ear infection with ear mite medication is unnecessary and painful.

Date: Feb 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog shaking head and thumping her feet.

Question:My dog has always had ear issues where they become inflamed, red, and crusty. Shes had this for years. I used to could her ears to feeling better for her but not this time. And now she is shaking her head or and at the same time raising her leg up and thumping her foot. What is making her do this an how can I stop her from doing this?

Answer:Chronic ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear but you can try cleaning the ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox Otic (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). Both of these are over-the-counter. This combination of cleaning and/or Zymox Otic 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: Feb 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My Yorkie began to fall down a lot. No s/s of ear infection but is being treated for such. No unusual labs. Nothing seen in his ears. He is eating and drinking as normal. He doesnt seem to be in pain. He can barely stand. He stumbles around. Hes been taking enrofloxacin for 4 days with no improvement. What can be wrong with him? Do you think it is an ear infection?

Answer:It could be many things, including an ear infection. I would really need to know a lot more to start guessing (how old he is, what his blood work looks like, physical exam findings, etc.) More tests and/or a referral to a veterinary neurologist may be necessary to determine what is going on.

Date: Jan 27, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My 15 yr old beagle/ bluetick coon hound mix has felt warm on head , when we rub his ears he presses harder with like a pleasurefull growl and today started stumbling like he was drunk and I can't afford to take to a vet ..what can I do to help him at home

Answer:If he is ataxic (stumbling) from an ear infection, you really need prescription medication for him - most veterinarians will work with you if you tell them you have financial constraints. You can try Zymox Otic With Hydrocortisone but I don't think it will help - the stumbling means it's his inner ear so topical medication won't help much. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jan 26, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:Na

Answer:Your question came through as just "Na" so I don't know what you need help with. Feel free to submit another question if you need to.

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Peripheral vestibular disease

Question:My dog recently had a trauma it went where another dog had bit her on her ear we have had no problems for over a month but now she seems to be going in circles leaning to the side where the actual wound is. She flops on the ground on her side and hasn't been able to seem to get her balance. There are no signs of seizures she just seems to not be able to find the balance and will sometimes lean against her kennel.

Answer:With those clinical signs, she needs a good neurologic exam by your veterinarian and probably some prescription medication - I would have to examine her to see what is going on to give you any good advice.

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear pain

Question:I need on what I should do about my dog niner that is five years old having bad ear pain with bloody liquid

Answer:"Bad ear pain with bloody liquid" will require prescription medication from your veterinarian - there is nothing over-the-counter that will provide much relief so see your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Jan 9, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sarecycline

Question:Hi. Can a dog have Sarecycline for an ear infection

Answer:Oral antibiotics don't help much at all for their ear infections because they get them on the outer ear canal where there isn't a blood supply. They also have a stinky fungal component to their ear infections that antibiotics don't treat. They also usually need a topical steroid to help the pain, SO, only really veterinary topical ear infection treatments work for their ear infections. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear but you can try cleaning the ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox Otic (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). Both of these are over-the-counter. This combination of cleaning and/or Zymox Otic 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: Jan 3, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear problems

Question:We have tried everything. Vets, natural etc. no luck. Our German Shepard has an annoying ear infection/mites that wont go away.

Answer:Answer:Chronic ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear but you can try cleaning the ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox Otic (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). Both of these are over-the-counter. This combination of cleaning and/or Zymox Otic 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: Jan 3, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Pregnant dog ear infection

Question:What can I use that is safe for a pregnant dog? My vet prescribed MotaZol. The literature states it could cause problems to the offspring.

Answer:Used topically, I would think it would be ok, but contact the manufacturer for the best advice. If you do use it, just just a little dab - don't like fill the ear canal because she will potentially absorb more of it systemically.


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