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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: Jun 1, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Hematoma and Ear Canal Ablation

Question:My 15 year old cat has chronic ear infections (strictly indoors her whole life) and currently has a hematoma. It was drained a few weeks ago but came right back. She was evaluated at a specialist and was given the go for an ear canal ablation, but I was told she'd need 2 weeks of twice daily antibiotics. I can barely get my hands on her, there's no way possible to catch her and medicate her twice a day. Do you have any suggestions/alternative solutions? Thank you for your help.

Answer:We have good long-acting injectable antibiotics for cats now that would work nicely as her post-op antibiotic - there are a couple different ones but Convenia is the most common.

Date: May 31, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ear infection

Question:my morkie thre up and has a ear infection I feel she might need a antibiotic

Answer:Vomiitng and ear infections are usually unrelated. If the vomiting continues, see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatement. Here is what you can do for the ear infection: It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: May 29, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ears

Question:How to clean her ears

Answer:Here is a link to our article entitled "How to Clean Your Cat's Ears": https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/how-to-clean-cats-ears-6.htm

Date: May 28, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: German Shepard ear infection

Question:My 6 year old GS has an infection in his right ear. The vet prescribed dermalone but it didn¿t get rid of it completely. No foul smell, don¿t believe it¿s allergies & his thyroid is fine. just extremely red, inflamed and he shakes his head constantly. He scratches at it as well causing scabs to form. We have been using the Otic solution to help with the itching and that seems to help but isn¿t doing enough. Thoughts to anything else we can use?

Answer:Chronic ear issues are secondary to allergies, sometimes a food allergy. Figuring out what foods is ideal. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: May 27, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infections

Question:What would you recommend for his ears ? They¿ve been bothering him i ordered epiotic advanced ear cleanser. It help a little bit but it¿s back he¿s always scratching them and they look a little scabbed on the outside. I¿m waiting for another product I ordered in the mail I stopped the other don¿t wanna mix the two. Hope to Here from you soon!! get him some relief ! Also he has clipped ears I read up with all the folds he can continue to Have issues? ☹️

Answer:Definitely try Zymox next - here is a link to the product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: May 21, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:Hi doc, my 6 month old cocker spaniel had a little bit of an ear odor and I realized it was caused from getting water in her ears and getting a minor infection. It costs almost $200 to figure all this out apparently via my local vets, however due to covid 19 all my work has dried up and I am not ripe with funds. Can you help me find the best remedy? Medicine?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: May 19, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Yeast infection treatment

Question:What¿s the best treatment for yeast ear infection?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: May 19, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Maltese allergies

Question:My 12 year old Maltese keep getting ear infection and eye infection and nothing seems to work. What can i give him to stop this mess!

Answer:Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear Mites

Question:My 8 year old cat has ear mites.at least that's what it looks like. He rubs his ears a lot and cries. What is the best treatment for ear mites?

Answer:Ear mites are very easy to get rid of, even with over-the-counter products, like Eradimite. What is more common is ear infections secondary to allergies and ear mite medication won't help that at all and would be unnecessarily painful for the kitty, so it is ideal for your veterinarian to check him out and determine what you are treating.

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My cat ears looks like got infection

Question:My cat ears somehow turn to orange color from pink on some part. Also, having very little small black dots. But doesn¿t have much earwax

Answer:I would really have to see what you are describing to really help you so see your veterinarian if it doesn't go away or worsens.

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:What can I use for my 1and half year old ears?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: May 13, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Does my dog have an ear infection?

Question:I noticed a foul smell coming from my French bulldog puppy¿s ear. She is only 13 weeks and is due for an appointment at the vets next week, but the smell made me think she could have an infection that may warrant a sooner visit. She has not been scratching at the ear or showing any discomfort. She allows touching and rough (ish) petting of the ear without any signs of distress. I took a damp cloth and wiped the external area of the ear a bit to clear it of any wax and I can¿t see any redness or discharge. Are her ears just in need of cleaning or could it be a sign of infection?

Answer:I would need to examine her & look down in her ears with an otoscope to really give you any kind of useful information, so yes, bump your visit up a few days with your veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

Date: May 6, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication Combination

Question:Can Remadyl, and Zeniquin be given within the same day? Dog suddenly develop loss of coordination, rapid side to side eye movement, face paralysis on one side, and nausea. Immediately took to a vet, he was about to do a surgery, so looked at my dog for a minute, and is "guessing' it's an inner ear infection. Since Remadyl has an anti inflammatory agent. I would like to know if it can be combined with the antibiotics. Thanks

Answer:Yes, those can be given together. Here is a good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust, about what you are describing called "vestibular disease": https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951444

Date: May 4, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection question

Question:My dog has One year that is very dirty. The other pink like a bunny. Hes not bothering it but typically gets ear incfections once a year in that ear. I really hate to take him to the vet during these tragic times. Any hep would be great i have pictures if needed.

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: May 2, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Infection?

Question:Why does my Border Collie Keep shaking his head?

Answer:Possibly an ear infection. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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.


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