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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: Feb 21, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Weird thing inside ear

Question:my 12 year old female cairn terrier has always had problems with her ears. I was recently cleaning up remnants of her last ear infection when I noticed this strange lump in her ear. it appears to be puss filled but does not respond to a gentle prod with a q tip. Note, it is on the entry to the ear canal, not actually inside the ear itself.

Answer:Whether it is a mass (benign vs malignant or a polyp) or an aural hematoma or an abscess, you will want your veterinarian to check it out - it is impossible for me to guess without seeing it.

Date: Feb 20, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:My dog has bilateral ear infection. The vet prescribed optic drops however, my dog will not let me put them in. I called the vet. They state an oral antibiotic will not treat the infection but I could bring him back and they will administer an ear drop that will last 2 months. Can I purchase that same strength on line?

Answer:We don't sell any of the longer acting ear medications yet - you would need a prescription from your veterinarian if we did. If you are having a hard time with the drops now, it would be ideal for them to do it just to be sure it really gets down in the ear. As you can imagine, it's a little expensive so you really want to be sure it gets in there.

Date: Feb 18, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: yeast infection

Question:My 12 yr old lab has a bad yeast infection in her left ear. My vet prescribed Tri-Otic ointment. I used for a week as prescribed, but then I noticed she had hearing loss. Is this a side effect from the ointment & will her hearing return? P.S. her hearing was great before this happened.

Answer:The Gentamycin in the Tri-Otic has been linked to hearing loss but that is rare. More often, the hearing loss is from the actual infection and associated inflammation.

Date: Feb 4, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Prescription

Question:Do I need a prescription to order off of pet meds? I dont have one and cant really afford to go to the vet.

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: Feb 3, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:Hi doc, my Mini Schnauzer Mia have ear infection, on the pass she have the same problem and one doctor prescribe antibiotic, now I try to buy some but I need a prescription, can I get it from 1800 ? they ask me for a prescription, whwn I go to shoping cart. Thank you

Answer:You will need a prescription from a veterinarian that has seen her in person. You can try something over-the-counter like this product but the prescription medications usually work better: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Feb 1, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infections

Question:I have an 8 year male Shih Tzu. He is not neutered. In the last 6 months hes been to the vet 3 times for an ear infection. Hes never had one until about 7 months ago. It clears up with meds the comes back. Hes had the one time ear drops that take 2 weeks...twice and then hes had meds we used twice a day for 2 weeks. Its getting expensive. Are there any natural remedies to clear it up?

Answer:Ear infections are often secondary to allergies so work with your veterinarian to try and figure out what she might be allergic to - food allergies are common during the winter (just because other inhalant allergens have died down and fleas aren't as prevalent). 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: Jan 27, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dogs ear is like a water balloon

Question:My dog is 10 years old. Over the past 5 days his left ear has swallend up like a balloon. I can tell that it's fluid so I'm thinking it's a effecting

Answer:That is an aural hematoma. Here is a good article about aural hematomas: https://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=566

Date: Jan 23, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Additional info

Question:Hello, Regarding our 4 year old Rottweiler. Thank you for the response. Unfortunately, your suggestion of having the vet administer the drops for her ears is something we try to avoid. We got her when she was a year old. The previous owners did not socialize her at all and we believe she was abused. This causes her to get extremely stressed and very defensive to anyone other than our family. The vet has to knock her out for any visits including check ups or getting her claws trimmed. Any suggestions? Thank you, Paul

Answer:If they have seen her recently for her ears they may just sell it to you for you to put in (they probably don't want to see her either, lol, but legally they have to have seen her relatively recently to dispense it.)Over-the-counter meds don't work anywhere near as well but this one has hydrocortisone in it so it may make it feel better: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jan 22, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Different options?

Question:Hello, Our 4 year old Rottweiler was diagnosed with having a yeast infection in her right ear. The Vet gave us a bottle of medicated rinse to squirt in her ear and massage it with a cotton ball once a day. The problem is that even if we use a "soft muzzle" on her, it is impossible to get near her ear with anything. We have given her vet prescribed tranquilizers which relaxes her. But, she will not let anyone get near her ear. I have had 4 family members try to hold her down with a blanket. She is just to big and strong. Is there any other option than using a rinse? She is visibly miserable. Constantly shaking her head. Walking with her head tilted. Even if we are playing with her and accidentally touch her right ear, she will let out a yelp. The vet we take her to says that is the only way we can treat her. But, I disagree. There has to be alternate treatments. Thank you, Paul

Answer:There are longer acting products like Osurnia (https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/elanco-launches-osurnia-for-canine-ear-infections/) that are a lot easier than daily rinses. It is also more of a cream, so it doesn't hurt/sting like something liquidy. It is prescription, so you'll have to get it at your veterinarians - or they may have to order it. If she is good with them, have them put her first application in. If she is that miserable, she may need oral medications like steroids which they can prescribe as well to help with the inflammation. Ear infections are often secondary to allergies so work with your veterinarian to try and figure out what she might be allergic to - food allergies are common during the winter (just because other inhalant allergens have died down and fleas aren't as prevalent).

Date: Jan 20, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Yeast

Question:My German Shepard continuously gets ear yeast infections. The numerous ear drops the vets give her cause her to temporarily go deaf. The infection then comes back a few months later. What can be done? Can she be given an oral med instead of the drops?

Answer:You and your veterinarian need to figure out what she is allergic to or it will just continue to recur. That is usually a weeks, months or year(s) long endeavor so be patient. This time of the year, depending on where you live, there aren't a lot of allergens around except for food so I get very suspicious of food allergies in my patients that have problems this time of the year especially if only their ears are affected. Many people think they have done a food trial when they haven't used a truly hypoallergenic food. The "truly" hypoallergenic ones are pretty expensive for a German Shepherd but I just use them initially to make a diagnosis (must eat only that food for 8 solid weeks) and then try to reintroduce cheaper food with similar ingredients but different ones than she is eating now.

Date: Jan 17, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itchy Ears, Paws, and Skin

Question:Are you able to prescribe the Mometamax 15g for him, since that has worked for him in past? I don't feel like running an expensive vet bill to be told that he is got another ear infection. This way I can kill two birds with one stone. I'm even willing to pay your consult fee. Thanks

Answer:In veterinary medicine, we cannot do that - I would have to see him in person to establish a valid client-patient relationship. If he is getting recurrent ear infections, especially in the middle of winter (when there aren't many inhalant allergens floating around or fleas) I get really suspicious of food allergies so be sure you have done a true, strict food trial using a prescription hypoallergenic food. (A lot of foods "sound" hypoallergenic with words like "grain-free" etc but still have lots of allergens.)

Date: Jan 16, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:Thank you!

Answer:Your Welcome! Good Luck!

Date: Jan 16, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:Sorry! My original post should have been about a cockapoo not a cockatoo. Can I give my 7 lb yorkie the same Bayxill as my 30 lb cockapoo. .5ml Thank you!

Answer:I kind of wondered that, lol. Yes, it is safe for yorkies as well. (You ideally want your veterinarian to look down in the ear and make sure the ear drum is intact first.) I don't know of a product called Bayxill so I'm assuming you mean this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Baytril+Otic+-prod598144.html

Date: Jan 16, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eat irritation

Question:Scruffy has a ear infection He is scratching and shaking his right ear also there is a lot of hair in his canal. only slightly pink, no discharge or bad smell. It has been this way for about a week. What can I do to help him?

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: Jan 16, 2018
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:Good Morning, Can I use the same veterinarian prescribed ear medicine on my Yorkie, that I use on my Cockatoo? Thank you

Answer:I would need to know the active ingredient to say yes or no. I don't know much about birds, but they probably get different types of bacteria +/- fungal infections that dogs do, so it may not help much either.


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