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Ask the Vet About Ear Infections in Dogs & Cats

Ear Infections in Pets
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Ask the Vet About What Causes Ear Infections 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: May 21, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to treat

Question:Hi my dog is a lab and constantly has ear infections. It's brown red and smelly what should I do to help him. I can't take him to vet every time

Answer:Figuring out what she is allergic to is ideal with these recurrent, chronic ear infections. Food allergies are pretty common. Many people think they have done a food trial to rule out allergies but they haven't used a truly non-allergenic food (or even a hypoallergenic food most of the time). You almost have to feed one of the expensive prescription hydrolyzed diets (like Hill's Z/D or Blue Buffalos HF or Royal Canins HP) - at least for 8 weeks and absolutely nothing else to do a true food trial. Then you can start adding foods back to see what they are allergic to and then choose a food for them. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure his ear drum is intact before putting anything in his ear but you can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: May 20, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My cat had discharge from his ear with some swelling below the ear. I brought him to my vet who said he could not see evidence of injury or infection but a culture showed bacteria. After cleaning, the cet administered a medicine to clear the bacteria and said there could be further discharge for a week or so and not to wipe it out. That happened two days ago. Today my cat's eye - same side as ear being treated - will not dilate, the inner lid is swollen and he is keeping it slightly closed. My vet does not open until tomorrow. What can I do in the meantime? Could this possibly cause permanent damage?

Answer:That's pretty odd unless he slung some of the medication into his eye, but it would bother him immediately if that happened, so, of course I worry about all kinds of odd things that can potentially affect both his ear and eye, like an abscress, mass of some kind, etc. It's hard for me to recommend anything without seeing him. You can try flushing it with just normal saline made for people eyes (like contact wearers use) but I worry that it may not help and may just stress him out which he doesn't need so try it but just wait until you can get him to the vet if he stresses out too much.

Date: May 18, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puss leaking in one ear

Question:Today I seems my dog scratched his ear when I was check his ear leaking with puss I am so worried about him please suggest me medicine and tablet for him I just want to tablets for him I am from Punjab so please prescribe that medicine which I can take easily from Punjab. Thanks Poonam

Answer: It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure his ear drum is intact before putting anything in his ear but you can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: May 15, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:I can't afford a vet visit and been treating it myself with cleaning brown stuff out of a red ear using green tea and coconut oil to break up the brown stuff... I have some neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates with hydrocortisone. There is no bad smell in his ear

Answer:Don't use anything that isn't made to be put in a dog's ear. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure his ear drum is intact before putting anything in his ear but you can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: May 15, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Clean or go to Vet

Question:I have a 6 year old catahoula bulldog that regularly gets a dirty brown black ear crust. And have been told its a common allergy in bulldogs, so I clean with drops and goes away. Now seems to have a puss leaking from one ear. Should I continue to clean or anything I can give him. Or should I take him to the vet?

Answer:You can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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 you are seeing frank pus, it is ideal to have your veterinarian check him out - you will more than likely need the stronger medications.

Date: May 14, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear treatment

Question:Hi I have a 3yr old Mastiff that gets ear infections whenever she gets a hold of some chicken and I was wondering what would be the best product to treat her with?

Answer:You can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: May 10, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Red eye

Question:Hi, my 10 month old Siamese cat seems to almost have an eye infection, his eye is red and very irritated, it has stringy eye boogers... dont know if i should take him to see a vet or just let it heal itself

Answer:I don't like to take chances with eyes so it would be ideal for your veterinarian to check it out. It may just be mild conjunctivitis that could improve on it's own but some of the viruses that cause conjunctivitis can start affecting the actual eye and harm their vision. A product like this will help both (but it requires a prescription from your veterinarian and he may not need it so have them check him out first): https://www.1800petmeds.com/Terramycin+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10190.html

Date: May 9, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Mirror fell, cats ear is swollen .

Question:Wondering if it needs to be drained? He is acting normal and for the last 2 days. Or should I just pay attention to it and let it heal?

Answer:The sounds like an aural hematoma. It is ideal to have your veterinarian check it out to be sure it isn't something else like an abscess or other mass and to see if it needs to be drained - it depends on how big and taunt it is and whether it is bothering him. If they are small and not really bothering them, they can resorb them on their own.

Date: May 4, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Creams or capsules

Question:I wanted to know if the Zymox cream could be used in the year for a yeast infection. Or is there an OTC capsule I could mix into my cats food for an ear infection. My cat will actually attack with biting and scratching when I try to put any liquid in his ears...he's given stitches in the past.

Answer:Oral antibiotics don't work well for cat ear infections because there isn't a blood supply where their infection is (the external ear canal). Especially with a cat, you want to be 100% certain you are dealing with an infection and not ear mites, which are more common in cats than dogs. A really fast, cheap check at your veterinarian will be able to tell and your veterinarian will more than likely have the one-time medication for ear mites and/or ear infections that has relatively recently come out.

Date: May 4, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Antibiotics

Question:Which antibiotic tablet would you recommend for Cocker Spaniel with ear infections?

Answer:Oral antibiotics don't work well for dog ear infections because there isn't a blood supply where their infection is (the external ear canal). If he doesn't like his ears touched, there are longer acting, one-time-application products like Osurnia (https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/elanco-launches-osurnia-for-canine-ear-infections/) that are a lot easier and effective. It is also more of a cream, so it doesn't hurt/sting like something liquidy. It is prescription, so you'll have to get it at your veterinarians - or they may have to order it. If he is good with them, have them treat him. If that is not an option at all: You can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: Apr 29, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:What would you recommend for an ear infection.

Answer:You can try cleaning the ear(s) with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: Apr 28, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear issues

Question:My 8 year old Maltese (male) is having issues with both ears. Not sure if its an ear infection or ear mites? He is constantly shaking head, whining and panting....

Answer:IT is ideal to see your veterinarian to determine if it is ear mites or an infection. Infection would be much more common at his age. You can try cleaning his ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: Apr 26, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My dog keeps getting ear infections. We have cleaning solution at home but she gets very angry and hard to handle when we try to clean her ears. What do you suggest we do when trying to clean her ears?

Answer:Figuring out what she is allergic to is ideal with these recurrent, chronic ear infections. Food allergies are pretty common. Many people think they have done a food trial to rule out allergies but they haven't used a truly non-allergenic food (or even a hypoallergenic food most of the time). You almost have to feed one of the expensive prescription hydrolyzed diets (like Hill's Z/D or Blue Buffalos HF or Royal Canins HP) - at least for 8 weeks and absolutely nothing else to do a true food trial. Then you can start adding foods back to see what they are allergic to and then choose a food for them. There are long-acting one-time (sometimes 2) treatments for ear infections now which are GREAT for dogs that don't like their ears fiddled with. Osurnia is one such product. It requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Osurnia-prod11962.html?Ntt=osurnia

Date: Apr 22, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I think my dog has an ear infection

Question:My dog has a swollen inner ear that is red. He has been scratching it alot. Upon clean he had a lot of ear dirt. What can I do at home to treat the problem?

Answer:If it is swollen, you really should see your veterinarian because it will be hard for anything topical to penetrate the swelling. You can try cleaning her ears with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and/or applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and/or 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.

Date: Apr 13, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:Want do you have for ear Mite

Answer:Here is a link to all of our products that help treat ear mites: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Ear+Mite+Treatments-cat221.html?Ntt=ear+mites


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