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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: Aug 14, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic Ear Infection

Question:Hello! My 9 year old Boxer has had having several ear infections. He has been treated twice with antibiotics [Clavamox 375 mg] and prescription ear cleaning solution. Both treatments have occurred about approximately four months apart. With this second treatment, it seems that he might still have an infection. Will something like Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution with Hydrocortisone possibly help for my dog? Receiving regular antibiotics can not be good. Thanks!

Answer:Zymox will help, but the goal is to figure out what he is allergic to and keep him away from it. This is easier said than done and they are often allergic to many different things (fleas, food, something in the environment like grass, pollen, etc) so work with your veterinarian to try to figure out what he is allergic to.

Date: Aug 13, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:Can I give my 80lb blk lab human antibiotics

Answer:Some human antibiotics are fine to give to dogs - others are not, so it depends on the actual antibiotic. Oral antibiotics don't work very well on dog's ear infections because the infection is in the external ear canal, where there is no blood supply. 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). Both of these are over-the-counter. 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: Aug 13, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:My Lab has an ear infection what can I do at home to help him

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). Both of these are over-the-counter. 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: Aug 9, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:I think my dog has an ear infection not sure so I thought Ill ask u he tilts his head a lot n shakes his head a lot n every time I touch his ear he crys I looked in his ear and I see dry skin peeling and it smells alittle and is swollen and red wat do you think and wat would be a good medication for my dog

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). Both of these are over-the-counter. 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. With him tilting his head and acting painful, I would really try to go ahead and have your veterinarian take a look at it because they can prescribe pain medications as well - he may need oral antibiotics too if his inner ear is affected.

Date: Aug 7, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear medication

Question:Does Zymox ear medication help your dogs ear

Answer:Zymox works really well for many mild-moderate ear infections. For severe ear infections, you will usually need stronger prescription medication. Here is a link to read about Zymox, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+Hydrocortisone+Free-prod338153.html

Date: Aug 5, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear injury

Question:My boyfriend's dog was in a fight 4 days ago and during the fight his Ear was torn at the base. His ear is now drooping and he is scratching it gently and then licking his paw. There is swelling around the base of the ear. The ear has started to heal but there is a brownish/tan fluid oozing from the injured area. I don't know if there are any injuries deeper in his ear but I don't see any. When he stands up he acts as if he is off balance and it is very tender to the touch. Also it seems that warm compresses seems to help. Since my boyfriend is unemployed are there any home remedies we can try. Thank you in advance for your help

Answer:It sounds like he needs prescription oral antibiotics - if he is off balanced, his inner ear may be affected so there is nothing topical that will penetrate that deeply. You can try neosporin on the open areas and he may absorb a little of it and continue the hot compresses but really try to get him in to the veterinarian - tell them you have financial concerns and most will do the bare minimum, but that might be all he needs.

Date: Aug 1, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat ear infection

Question:My 16 yr old cat has hyperthyroidism (newly diagnosed ). The vet got a thyroid blood panel test done, & gave me the number 17 :very high levels. She is being treated for that. At the same appointment I asked about an ear infection as my cat was shaking her head, scratching at one side, and within 2 weeks was deaf in that ear. The vet only looked at the ear with her eyes, not with an otoscope. Took a quick swab of both ears and said no external bacteria or fungus showed up. Put my cat on oral antibiotics; Orbax, .5ml once a day. The cat weighs almost 8 lbs. its been 3 weeks of oral meds, with no improvement in her hearing. A little less scratching. She did not start off the cat on antibiotic ear drops, nor did she give the injection. Should I go to another vet for a second opinion?

Answer:I would really need to see her and examine her ears to help you. She may need a different antibiotic and/or topical drops like Tresaderm for her ear. The veterinarian that saw her initially can probably recheck her for less $ and that veterinarian has her entire history - Orbax seems fine for a first choice antibiotic.

Date: Jul 25, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Red bumps in ears

Question:My dog is a Pit/Boxer mix and I noticed today that he has these red bumps in both of his ear flaps, could you tell me what that is caused from

Answer:If your dog is shaking his head and/or itching at his ears, then given the breed, likely contact/inhalent allergy to molds, dust mites, ragweed, etc known as canine atopy or what I call doggy hayfever. You can try oral benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily. If signs persist or he bothers with ears, see vet to see if secondary yeast or bacterial infection which may need prescription topical meds

Date: Jul 21, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shaking head, one itchy and droopy ear.

Question:Hi, my 10 year corgi just started shaking his head and scratching one ear. I noticed the same ear is drooping a little as well, he is already taking cefpodoxime for a skin infection due to allergies. What could it be?

Answer:Ear infections are common in allergic dogs. The oral antibiotics may help a little but he will more than likely need ear drops.Zymox with hydrocortisone may help but your veterinarian will have stronger, prescription medications like Tresaderm, Otomax, etc.

Date: Jul 20, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Inflammation

Question:Been to vet twice for cats ear being all puffed up inside. First got ear drops, second time got steriod shot Monday but nothing has changed except for him hiding. The ear doesn't seem to be going down because he continues to shake head. Please advise what I should do next.

Answer:I would really need to see him and his ear to give an opinion. That sounds kind of odd. Have your veterinarian recheck when you can. Is it an abscess? Foreign body? Aural hematoma? Cancer? <--- all random guesses, again I would need to see it.

Date: Jul 16, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ear calcified closed

Question:the ear is completely calcified I clean everyday but the smell is really bad what can be done . The dog is almost 12 cocker spaniel

Answer:If it is that bad, over-the-counter medications won't help. Prescription strength medication may (like Tresaderm, Otomax, etc). Chronic ear infections are often secondary to allergies,, especially food allergies so work closely with your veterinarian to figure out what she is allergic to. It may also be time to talk to your veterinarian about ear surgeries like a total ear canal ablation, etc.

Date: Jul 14, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection or ear mitts

Question:One of my dogs ears has black stuff in it and I notice she shakes her head a lot like something is in there can that be a ear infection and what can I use to treat it

Answer:It is impossible to tell without your veterinarian running a quick test (just looking at the debris under a microscope). 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). Both of these are over-the-counter. 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: Jul 12, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat suddenly walking like hes drunk

Question:My 9 year male cat is walking around like he is drunk. He is eating but in small portions. Could his symptoms be caused by an inner ear infection? What is the best brand for ear infections in cats.

Answer:It's possible but not very common. Other, very serious, conditions like Rabies, poisoning, cancer, etc. could be possible so it is ideal to have your veterinarian check him out as soon as you can. An inner ear infection that is affecting him this extremely would probably need more than over-the-counter medications as well and you need for your veterinarian to be sure his ear drum is intact before putting anything into his ear. But if it's not a an option at all, I suppose you could try Zymox. Here is a link if you would like to read about it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jul 8, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My 8 year old black lab has one ear flap that is extremely swollen, seems to be filled with fluid, he cries sometimes if you touch his ear, is there anything I can do to treat him? Closest vet is several hour drive.

Answer:That sounds like an aural hematoma. Here is a good article about aural hematomas: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951446

Date: Jul 7, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My chihuahua has a bad ear keeps scratching it and wont let me touch it can you tell me what to get

Answer: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.


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