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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: Oct 15, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ears

Question:My cat tiny was taken to vet hospital on Oct 7,2018. They treated him for severe ear infections. I've been putting the ear drops & a pill by mouth. He's finished his pill. Almost all the ear drops. But he's leaning toward his right side and his head facing to the right. Are the ears still infected? I don't have the money to take him back to the vet office. His physical exam says "a significant head tilt, rapid eye movement, & severe ear infections in both ears. Can you maybe help me. Thank you

Answer:I would definitely have them recheck him. They may just need to change oral antibiotics and/or drops and/or try an anti-inflammatory, etc. but he should be making some progress by now. That being said, some cats will have a permanent head tilt, so he may be making progress but the only way to know is for them to look down in his ears.

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

Question:My dog has ear infection last time the doctor sent it surolac but nobody want to sell it without prescripción what can I do

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure her ear drum is intact before putting anything in her ear but 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). 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: Oct 10, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: stinky smell

Question:I have 7 weeks old puppy And he smell very bad especially under his ears

Answer:Is it coming from his ears or skin? Have your veterinarian check him out when you can - could be ear mites, ear infection, skin infection by itself or secondary to mange, etc. <--- All very easy to treat but you need a diagnosis.

Date: Oct 3, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infections

Question:What is available for ear infection for my Lab?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure her ear drum is intact before putting anything in her ear but 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). 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: Oct 3, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic

Question:I have an 11 yr old Maltese who has always had horrible recurring ear infections. One ear worse than the other. Multiple vet visits. Have used zymox works for couple days, vet even made special antibiotic wax melts that were put in her ears. She gets groomed however the infections never seem to completely go away. The smell is horrid at times. Is there anything else that can be done or used?

Answer:Finding out what she is allergic to at this point is ideal. Start with a really strict food trial with a hydrolyzed diet, even if you think you have done multiple food trials before. The prescription hydrolyzed diets are the best hypoallergenic diets out there - they are really expensive because the hydrolyzing process is expensive but it basically breaks the food down into such small particles that the dog cannot have an allergic response to the food, so they are almost totally NON-allergenic. They are good to at least do an 8 week food trial with, where you feed only that food and absolutely nothing else (or you negate the expensive food) to see how they do, then start adding less expensive hypoallergenic foods back in to see if that sets off their skin and find an affordable one.

Date: Oct 2, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:How can I use to treat my dogs bacterial ear infection? And does vinegar really help clean and treat the ear infection?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure her ear drum is intact before putting anything in her ear but 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). 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: Oct 1, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What to look for?

Question: How would I know if my dogs ear are infected or just needs to be clean? Also What are the best home remedies or store bought products i can use to clean ears? Thank you!

Answer:A strong odor will usually mean they are infected. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure her ear drum is intact before putting anything in her ear but 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). 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: Sep 29, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Stopping inflammation, infection

Question:Is it possible to cure ear infections and ear inflammation in dogs? The vet visits are expensive seem like if its common the vets should know how to help. Instead of the run-around. My dog is miserable.

Answer:Ear infections are usually secondary to allergies - trying to figure out what they are allergic to is easier said than done but worth it in the end if you and your veterinarian can figure it out. Food is a common allergen with recurrent ear infections so I usually start there (with a truly hypoallergenic food - many people think they have tried one when they haven't). Allergies can be frustrating - here is a link to our article about allergies: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergies-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Sep 24, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treating ear mites

Question:What can I use for my 3rd old yellow lab that has earned mites. Reddish discharge, scratches and shakes her head.

Answer:You really need a diagnosis first - ear mites vs ear infection. Ear infections are more common in a 3 year old than ear mites. If you use ear mite medication when they have an ear infection, it will be painful and potentially make the infection worse and won't help. If you use ear infection medication for ear mites, it will not get rid of the mites and will not help. It is cheap and easy for your veterinarian to diagnose either ear mites or an ear infection - just tell them you have financial concerns, if that is the case.

Date: Sep 17, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Head leaning

Question:Dog head is leaning and is having trouble walking straight

Answer:You are describing vestibular disease which can have many causes - ear infections are one but it's not the most common cause - here is a really good article about vestibular disease: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951444

Date: Sep 17, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Yeast

Question:Hello, i have an english bulldog that has ear infection. We already use homeophatic, got netter but seems like she still itch..

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure her ear drum is intact before putting anything in her ear but 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). 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: Sep 16, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Golden Retriever Red ear

Question:Our golden retriever (age 2) had her ears cleaned yesterday with a OTC ear cleaning cloth. No concerns with the ear yesterday. Today, her ear had dried blood in it and entire inside of ear is very red. It appears she has scratched it. After cleaning the blood out with a damp cloth, the ear is very red. No odd smell though. What do we need to look for to rule out ear infection? Don't want a $200 vet bill if it is just irritation from cloth used. If it is infection, what how do we treat it

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure her ear drum is intact before putting anything in her ear but 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). 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: Sep 10, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Yeast infection started

Question:My golden has had a yeast infection in his ear for going on about 4 months we have had multiple vet trips and been on momenomax and steroid shots and clindamycin. Just finished that up but there is no change in the ear he hold his head to side and shakes his head all the time and I know hes in pain cause he crys when he itches or if u put pressure on it

Answer:A few things that you mention make me want to put him under anesthesia and get a good look down in his ear canal and flush it out really well while he is under: mainly that it is one ear that is pretty severely affected and that it didn't improve with Mometamax, steroid shots and oral antibiotics. Ear infections are often secondary to allergies (and this still might be the case with him) but they usually affect both ears and they respond rather quickly and nicely to this treatment, they just continue to recur if the dog continues to come into contact with what they are allergic to. So because it is just one ear and it didn't respond to treatment, either your veterinarian or a veterinary specialist that has a good flushing endoscope, may want to get a look down the canal and see if there is something going on like a foreign body, conformational abnormality and/or a mass that is predisposing that one ear to infection and making it not respond to treatment.

Date: Sep 8, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Week into treatment

Question:My cat is a week and a day into her ear infection treatment, but the past few days I have noticed her ears seem very moist and she has been waking me up by meowing like somethimg is wrong. She has ate and drank some. Should I be concered or is this normal medicine symptoms?

Answer:I really need to know the exact medication you are using to treat and what the active ingredients are. Some ear mite medications can be toxic (but usually not ear infection medications).

Date: Sep 5, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Pug Mix won¿t let me near his ear

Question:I have a 30 pound pug mix who has an ear infection, I have him currently on an antibiotic but can¿t use the drops in his ear. He won¿t let me near the ear. Is there anything I can do? Or is the antibiotic going to be enough? Also is there anything I can give him for inflammation or pain?

Answer:These are all good, common questions we are asked when a dog has an ear infection because they can be painful. Topical medications seem to work much better than anything oral with ear infections. Thankfully, a few medications are a one-time (sometimes 2) application now and you can get your veterinarian to do it in the office usually. Your veterinarian will also have good pain medications like Metacam, Rimadyl, Novox, etc to help for the first few days until the medication has time to work. Here is a link to the long-acting topical medication if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Osurnia-prod11962.html


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