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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: Jul 23, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Severe ear infections

Question:Would like to know your thoughts on vertical ear canal ablation in labs? He's been suffering from a severe ear infection and being treated for a long time. This is the next step they are recommending to be done as he is a zealous swimmer and we want him to be able to swim again as he's missing it tremendously.

Answer:This is a big decision, best made with your veterinarian and/or a dermatologist, because they have access to your entire history -- and it should be long at this point, because your definitely try to eliminate the underlying allergen(s) first which can take months and sometimes years.

Date: Jul 19, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Ear infection

Question:Hey, My dog has been shaking her head , and constantly scratching her ear to the point she would yelp and cry, at first I thought he skin might me dry so I showered her with a hydrating shampoo and a spray for itch and that didn't help.I came to the conclusion that it might me a ear infection. Is there any other thing that matches with her symptoms?When I take her to the vet will they apply a solution in her ear or will I have to?Can they sedate her when applying the solution to help her ears ?How long until the medication helps?Thank you

Answer:There is now a one time treatment for ear infections that works really nicely - it starts helping immediately because it has a topical steroid in it. Call ahead and ask if they have it and whether they will apply it - it will depend on your veterinarian.

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Med clarification

Question:My vet has given my an rx for panalog for my rotts ear infection. You carry a topical ointment do yoy carry for oto treatments??

Answer:We carry Animax and Dermalone which are similar to Panalog. Here are links if you want to read about them: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Dermalone-prod10378.html https://www.1800petmeds.com/Animax-prod10321.html

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My weinhimer always gets a ear infection its smells it looks reddish brown I need to treat this asap and have limited income please please help

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and 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: Jun 26, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear drops

Question:I think my dog may have an ear infection. He is shaking his head a lot and my female dog is licking his ears. I have left over ears drops from the vet in my fridge from when my female had an ear infection, but I am wondering, will the drops be harmful to his ears if he does not have an infection?

Answer:They would probably be ok to use but it is impossible for me to say without looking down into his ear and confirming an ear infection and making sure his ear drum is intact - it also depends on the medication, so calling whoever prescribed it and asking them is a good idea.

Date: Jun 23, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infections

Question:Hello, I have a three year old Lab x Aussie cross. She's a beautiful girl but has chronic ear infections and seasonal allergies. She has been on drops from the vet and prescription venectal p off and on for two years. We cannot seem to get rid of the ear infection. I was thinking of trying Zymox because I really don't know what to do next. I flush her ears once a week with solution and she is grain free, no table scraps. The dr did say that I could try a Claritin each day. Any other suggestions? Would zymox be worth a try do you think? Thanks so much, Amanda

Answer:Zymox may help it feel better but it will continue to recur - I would really be trying to figure out what she is allergic to at this point. "Grain-free" is all the rage in pet food right now but it is more often a protein source that they are allergic to and you should ideally use a prescription hypoallergenic diet to determine if she is really food allergic. She has to have the hypoallergenic diet and nothing else for 8 weeks (no treats, people food, even flavored heartworm preventative). Claritin can help but it is not as strong as some of the prescription medications.

Date: Jun 23, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scratching of the ear

Question:My dog Cooper has been scratching his right ear from time to time and his ear is a little red. I'm not sure what it could be from but it doesn't seem to bother him.. Is there anything I can do bout it?

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and 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. They can also confirm the ear infection and make sure she doesn't have ear mites.

Date: Jun 22, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:This morning our dog was shaking her head a lot and itching her ears. When I look inside it looks moist with dark wax further in the canal. Is this am ear infection that she will need treatment for?

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and 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. They can also confirm the ear infection and make sure she doesn't have ear mites.

Date: Jun 18, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:hi I have a Spaniel and she has a bad ear infection but I have no idea what kind she has but I do know that it gives her ear a real bad smell and that it turns the inside of her ear and hair inside her ear red. I was wondering if I could know what kind of infection it was without having to go to the vet so I could just order meds?

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and 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. Often, ear infections will be secondary to allergies, particularly food allergies, so trying to find what he is allergic to is a good idea - try him on a strict hypoallergenic diet for a few weeks (the dermatologists say 8 weeks with only the food and nothing else, no treats, no people food, etc).

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Low cost medicine

Question:My dog has ear infection again both ears are swollen the lasr time i went to vet it was 200 for visit and meds i dont have that money can i buy medicine online

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and 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: Jun 15, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medications

Question: hes a mix breed.small/medium size dog ! brown reddish discharge and strange odour coming from it and he scratches it and hes leg trwichs ? I really need help its a sin but also i think hes deff now or just really hard of hearing but what can you recommend ?

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and 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 24, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What to do?

Question:Hi we don't have enough money to go get right now lost my job. Was wondering what you would recommend for my pit he is 100 and get ear infections. What would you recommend ordering. We do clean his ears regularly but it's not working. Could you give me a dosage and how much and how long to use. Thanks you

Answer:You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and 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. Often, ear infections will be secondary to allergies, particularly food allergies, so trying to find what he is allergic to is a good idea - try him on a strict hypoallergenic diet for a few weeks (the dermatologists say 8 weeks with only the food and nothing else, no treats, no people food, etc).

Date: May 16, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: DIY medication for ear infections

Question:Hi, im looking for a at home remedy for my dog's ears. I know he has an ear infection in both ears because he slightly scratches his ears and shakes his head slowly as to say they hurt,also when gently touched or rubbed he yelps..there is a squishy watery sound coming from his ears also. Im all about home remedies and would like to know what is best. I have vitamin e oil, witch hazel, peroxide, organic ACV, so would any of these help in the aid of healing my poor baby.

Answer:If you can hear fluid squishing around in his ear canal, that is usually pus, so he really needs a prescription ear medication with an antibiotic - they come with an antifungal as well which is almost always present as well in ear infections and they also have a topical steroid in them that helps with the pain and inflammation. Just an office visit and one tube of ear medication shouldn't be terribly expensive. Please don't stick any of those things you listed down in his ear because most of them will make it worse. Vinegar & alcohol can help PREVENT an ear infection but won't treat one that has pus down in the canal - and it would be wildly inhumane to squirt alcohol down in his painful ear.

Date: Apr 28, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:Can I put human ear drops in my 90 pound dog ears. He get ear infections alot and I'm out of his drops but I have 2 bottles on hand of neomycin, polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone

Answer:Dogs get different kinds of infections than people do so using people medication isn't a good idea. They get different kinds of bacteria and a large percentage of most infections is a yeast/fungal infection (that's what gives them that kind of sweet, fetid, strong odor) so you really need something formulated for dogs.

Date: Apr 27, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is it safe

Question:My 2 yr old mut dog recently diagnosed with ear infection and ruptured ear drum was prescribed baytril otic and oral ciprofloxacin 500 mg oral pill for 30 days once a day...after doing some reading it sounds like with a ruptured drum some drops aren't safe to use...I'm really concerned because the vet made me sign a waiver saying the medication isn't used for dogs with ruptured drums but still prescribed it ...please help I love him so much he is a rot mix weighs 50 lbs

Answer:Most, if not all ear meds are "labelled" to use with caution with ruptured ear drums, however as long as your vet is monitoring situation appropriately with periodic followups and rechecks, I would follow his or her direction


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