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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.
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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: Nov 15, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Chlorsig drops

Question:Can Chlorsig be used in my cats ears?

Answer:From what I can gather, Chlorsig is a human EYE drop preparation. The active ingredient is Chloramphenicol. No, I would not use this is your cat's ear. The vast majority of cat ear infections are from ear mites and/or fungal infections mixed with bacterial infections, so using drops developed for your cat's particular problem would be best.

Date: Nov 15, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: maybe ear infection

Question:when she eat or something she turn and stretches her head to the left as thought her ear hurt or left side of mouth she contantly shaking her head

Answer:Yeah, it sounds like something is hurting her - ear infection, tooth ache, etc. Have your veterinarian check her out as soon as you can.

Date: Nov 14, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treating with antibiotic

Question:I have a 50 lb. Pitbull, Harley, with an ear infection. I have Cephlexin Susp 250mg/5ml 100. Can I give Harley this med??

Answer:Oral antibiotics don't seem to help much with ear infections in dogs - the infection is in their ear canal where there isn't a good blood supply and they often have a large fungal/yeast component to the infection which antibiotics don't help. Topical preparations work much better. 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.

Date: Nov 13, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Swelling

Question:Past few days my German Shepherd & blue healer mixed has been scratching at his ears and they have been very tender. This morning I woke up and right below his ear hole was swollen and he has started bleeding from him scratching it. Wondering what I need to do. The vet gave me some medication to put in his ears to see if that helps any.

Answer:Try the drops from your veterinarian first but if they don't work, 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.

Date: Nov 10, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: prescribed meds

Question:On the prescription it looks like lenti... for ear infection

Answer:I'd like to help you but I need a little more information than this - what is your question?

Date: Nov 5, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Infection

Question:So I have a 1 year old pitbull male he weighs about 53 pounds in his right ear it's really red and has been bleeding from him scratching it so much and there is like a clear and black mucousy like gel substance in his ear that we have cleaned out and he whined sometime I know he has some kind of ear infection and I really don't have the money to see a vet I would like to know what you think I should do and what I can order him over the counter that will get rid of this ear infection? Thank You.

Answer: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). Zymox is more for pain and inflammation. If he doesn't make much progress with this combination, see your veterinarian for much stronger medication.

Date: Oct 28, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Yeast Infection

Question:What type of ear drops do I get for my Maltese that has a yeast ear infection.

Answer: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). Zymox is more for pain and inflammation. If he doesn't make much progress with this combination, see your veterinarian for much stronger medication.

Date: Oct 28, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccines

Question:I adopted a 9 month old pup who only received one round of shots when he was about 6-8 weeks old and no other shots after that. How should I go about finishing up his vaccines?

Answer:It depends a little on where you live and what his lifestyle is like (how social he is) as to exactly which vaccines he will need but, in general, he will need a set now and then will need them boostered in 3-4 weeks, then he will be done. He will need a heartworm test to get started on heartworm preventative.

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Home Treatments?

Question:I'm not able to get to a vet any time soon and I have children's ear infection medicine. I was wondering if it is ok to treat my cat with it?

Answer:No, we get different types of bacteria than they do and they very commonly need anti-fungals even more than antibiotics and you need to make sure his his ear drum is intact (with an otoscope at the vet) and they can check for ear mites (more common than ear infections in cats) and foreign bodies and polyps and masees, etc. Cats are also really sensitive to certain human medications and they can be toxic and anything you squirt in his ear he will try to groom it out.

Date: Oct 11, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shaking head and walking around

Question:Petty has been shaking her head and does a lot of walking around the house. Sometimes she holds her head to the side. Is this a sign of a ear infection or something else?

Answer:Possibly - Ideally have your veterinarian take a look down in her ear canal to confirm. For ear inflammation you can try Zymox with Hydrocortisone. Here is a link if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Oct 11, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ears

Question:Ive taken my Maltese to vet several times for his ears shaking his head scratching his ear rubbing it on floor its a constant thing once or twice after washing it dark fluid was leaking out and other times nothing please help

Answer: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. The ear infections may be secondary to allergies so you and your veterinarian may need to try to figure out what he is allergic to to keep him from getting ear infections.

Date: Oct 3, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Infected ear

Question:I have a 6 year old staffie lurcher cross who has a red painful ear it was pink until yesterday but has become very red what can I treat him with. He seems to be ok but is shaking head more than usual

Answer:Try Zymox with Hydrocortisone. Here is a link if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Oct 1, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:Can I give my dog clindamycin For his eaR infection

Answer:Oral antibiotics don't work very well on infections inside the ear canal, especially if you don't use them at the same time as topical preparations. 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.

Date: Sep 29, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eat itching

Question:My French bulldog has been shaking her head like crazy for a couple of months off and on . I clean her ears and put over the counter bacterin on her ear lobes because she scratches so much she makes her self bleed. I think she has recurring ear infection or allergies . What would you recommend for cure thank you

Answer: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.

Date: Sep 27, 2017
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shaking head

Question:Hi, my dog has been shaking her head the past two nights, her ears don't look red, and she always had allergies, she has tons of eye boogers constantly it's like non stop, and she has watery eyes, and occasionally will loose fur from allergies as well. Do you think this is allergies or maybe an ear infection?

Answer:Hi Katelyn. It may very well be an ear infection SECONDARY to likely inhalent/contact allergies, which is known as canine atopy, or what I call doggie hay fever. Secondary yeast and/or bacterial infections may often occur, but the underlying cause is often these type of allergies. You can try oral benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily, as well as adding fish oil to meals which may help lessen allergies when used long term. Zymox otic HC is a good product to use topically from 1800petmeds, however if signs persist, best to see vet as may need prescription topical antibiotic


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