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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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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: Jan 14, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: my dog has a blood filled wart in ear

Question:I was wondering if you could tell me what this is in my dogs ear, its a blood-filled wart/pimple size of 2 peas.

Answer:It's hard for me to say without actually seeing it and probably aspirating it and looking at the cells under a microscope. It could be anything from a hematoma (bruise) that he'll resorb on his own to an abscess to a benign mass or a malignant mass. Have your veterinarian check it out if it doesn't go away soon.

Date: Jan 12, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Brown stuff in ear

Question:My chocolate lab has brown stuff in his ear and it has an odor. He is shaking his ears a lot lately as well. I got all the brown stuff out with dog ear wipes. Do I need to put him on any medication as well?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down in to his ear canal to check for ear mites and to see if his ear drum is intact before using anything, but if he doesn't have mites and his ear drum is intact a product like this might help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jan 5, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What kind of fungal drops

Question:What kind of fungal drops should be used on a cocker spaniel who will get ear infections?

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: Jan 4, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear shaking

Question:How can I help my dog to stop shaking her head from her ear infection til the medicine comes in? I feel so bad for her I know it bothers her

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: Jan 3, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: coco is shaking her head

Question:What does that mean when a dog shakes there head no smell or odar coming from the ears and the ears are Not filling up with no blood and its not a hematoma at all

Answer:I would really need to examine her to give you any kind of helpful advice - they do have a really long ear canal so maybe it is bothering her down where you cannot see - if it continues, have your veterinarian check her out - they will have an otoscope that they can use to see all the way to her ear drum.

Date: Jan 3, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: coco is shaking her head

Question:What does that mean when a dog shakes there head no smell or odar coming from the ears and the ears are Not filling up with no blood and its not a hematoma at all

Answer:I would really need to examine her to give you any kind of helpful advice - they do have a really long ear canal so maybe it is bothering her down where you cannot see - if it continues, have your veterinarian check her out - they will have an otoscope that they can use to see all the way to her ear drum.

Date: Jan 2, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prescription ear drops

Question:Is there an ear drop that you only use once a month

Answer:This product might be what you are thinking of (it requires a prescription): https://www.1800petmeds.com/Osurnia-prod11962.html

Date: Jan 2, 2019
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Looks infected

Question:My dog's ear is inflamed and itchy. There is a little oozing and when I check it after a few hours the stuff he shakes from his ear is dried and dark. I don't see blood anywhere on wipes or cotton swabs. If his ear IS infected what medicine do I use to clear it up?

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: Dec 31, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Red ears

Question:My dogs ears are red . She doesn't act like they bother her tho .the just got her booster shots and a rabies shot can that be the cause of the red in her ears or could it be an ear infection?

Answer:The vaccines may be making her run a low grade temperature, making her ears appear red, so since they aren't bothering her and if they don't have an odor, she may not have an infection. If they worsen or don't improve, see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment.

Date: Dec 31, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ear Cleaning solution?

Question:My dog has an ear infection and I was given antimicrobial/antifungal drops and ear cleaning solution. The assistant told me to use the solution every time before the drops. Should I use ear cleaning solution every time? I read that you shouldn't over clean and that the ear shouldn't be moist.

Answer:It depends a little on what medication you are using but in general, you need to clean the debris out before you put the medication in - if there isn't any or much, then just using the medicine is fine.

Date: Dec 29, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: smelly dog ears

Question:my dog claws at his ears all the time and they stink real bad. is there any otc we can try before taking to vet.

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: Dec 26, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:My Shepard has an ear infection in both ears, scratches all the time, what can I give him to stop this infection?

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: Dec 26, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Beagle

Question:I have a beagle that is constyflopping her ears and they look irritated. May be do to allergies. What do U recommend?

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: Dec 23, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to treat ear infection

Question:Hello My scottie suddenly lost her hearing. She is 8. Can it be ear infection? I took her to the vet and he gave her some drops. Miconazole Earofloracin & Hydrocortizone. Is there any othe way to help my dog? Thank you

Answer:I would have to see her and examine her to really help you - hopefully it is just from the swelling of the ear infection and as the hydrocortisone decreases the swelling, her hearing may return.

Date: Dec 19, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:Is it safe to use neomycin and polymyxin B sulfate and hydrocortisone optic suspension solution in dogs ear for ear infection

Answer:There would be little reasons to do that: the antibiotics don't fight the kind of bacteria in the ear usually, there is no antifungal which you usually need with an ear infection, you would use almost an entire tube, so not very cost effective, etc. 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.


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