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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

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: Mar 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic Ear Problems

Question:My 6 year old Morkie has a chronic ear problem. One ear has closed off and is ¿cauliflower¿. The other ear has been having regular infections. I have had the dog take allergy medicine along with taking Apoquel to reduce scratching. He still is in pain and cries when the ear bothers him. I don¿t know what to do. My vet says it¿s a chronic issue with no cure. Can you suggest another treatment?

Answer:Chronic ear infections are usually secondary to allergies - often food allergies - work with your veterinarian to find a truly hypoallergenic food, then consider allergy testing after an 8 week food trial. A referral to a veterinary dermatologist is always an option as well.

Date: Mar 6, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Golden lab with double ear infection

Question:My golden lab has had an ear infection in both ears for several months and nothing the vet has done so far has cured it. She is constantly shaking her ears and scratching until she whimpers in pain. There is a large production of black "gunk" that we have been washing with a cleansing solution 2-3 times per week. I was able to culture and ID the bacteria as a Proteus sp. and E. coli in my MLS student lab and am currently doing more testing, including ABX susceptibility testing. She has previously been treated with Conzol 1%, Tresaderm solution, Mometamax, and 1 other antibiotic. Do you have any suggestions? Also, do you have any tips on relaying this information to my vet?

Answer:Chronic ear infections are secondary to allergies - often food allergies - work with your veterinarian to find a truly hypoallergenic food, then consider allergy testing after an 8 week food trial.

Date: Mar 4, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Others
Topic: ear infection

Question:I have a sheep that has massive abscesses under both ears. It appears to be a recurring issue. I have had her for a few months and have only noticed an issue in the last month. How do you flush a sheeps ears?

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in large animals for help with your sheep. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Mar 4, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Help please

Question:Hi I have a 2 year old chihuahua terrier mix and she has not been feeling well I've done all I know how to do when I low income and can't really afford that she has water in the ear and I believe she has a slight ear infection I don't know what to do and how to fix it shaking your head walking in circles I don't know what to do please help me

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear 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: Mar 3, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Which medication first...

Question:I was instructed to give my dog 1/2 cc of Otomax one time per day for 7 days and to clean the ear with Oti-Soothe once per day for 7 days. The doctor told me to be sure to use one medication before the other, but I can¿t remember which to use first. I would assume you would clean the ear first and then medicate and my doctor cannot be reached. What are your thoughts?

Answer:You are correct - clean it first, then apply the Otomax.

Date: Mar 2, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: possible ear infection

Question: is there any home Remedies for my dog Harley¿s ear infection? she is a full blooded american pitbull, she around 50-55Ibs.

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear 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: Feb 27, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medicine interactions

Question:I gave my pug 5 mg.of famotidine ,she has ear infection.Can I give her Clavamox 125mg.tabs.I had some left over from her being sick before .?

Answer:Oral antibiotics don't help a lot with dogs' ear infections. I am reluctant to recommend that you start that because it can easily upset their stomachs and if she's taking famotidine, she must have some kind of GI issue, so consult your veterinarian that knows her entire history for the best advice - they will more than likely recommend topical treatmetn for her ear infection. Zymox Otic is an over-the-counter medication that can help mild-moderate infections but it is ideal to have your vet check her first. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Feb 25, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My chihuahua always has irritated ear

Question:I have a 5 year old chihuahua. Her right ear is always irritating her. She scratches it raw. Ive been putting ear cleanser in it. And antibiotic ointment on the external ear where she is scratching. She's had this problem since i bought her from a breeder 5 years ago. Is their anything else i can do to control it. With over the counter meds. ?

Answer:Chronic ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear 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: Feb 21, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Wax removed

Question:Treating my dog with zymox. Have excived wax below ears. In hair. What can I use to remove it

Answer:Any kind fo dog shampoo should work - just don't get it inside the ear. If you feel you cannot keep it from getting in the ear, use something like this ear cleaner: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html

Date: Feb 17, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infections

Question:I have a hypoallergenic half mini poodle and half cavalier king Charles, hes got this milk chocolate looking substance that forms in his ears quite regularly I reached out to a vet and they tell me its ear mites . Hea had this coffee grain looking stuff coming out of his ears, what seem to look like it was clearing up, hes still got this brown stuff that looks like wax maybe in his ear and it smells I clean the outside with a ear cleanser and tips which I am super careful about that, after a few days it looks to somewhat clear up but they never look nice and clean. Due to the vets are so expensive and my husband lost his job recently I'm on a very fixed budget and was looking to buy a ear infection medicine to get for him to clear it io without having to pay outrageous office visits etc. Hes up on his shots and lives Indoors weighs less than 20 lbs. He shakes his head alot , and although I know I should take him and will do whatever it takes to ease his discomfort. I watched the video on an ear infection medication that I could purchase, but before I do I need to know since he has this brown waxy stuff in his ears will that hurt him. Please help and what do you suggest?

Answer:Ear mites and ear infections are treated entirely differently, so you need a diagnosis. This is more than likely an ear infection, not mites. Recurrent ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear 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: Feb 17, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Patterson Vet PattOtic Otic Suspension

Question:Everything I read state this medication is for canine use only. However, a new vet, just prescribed it for my cat. Is it safe to use on a cat? The treatment is because my cat went suddenly deaf. She did notice a slight infection in both ears.

Answer:I don't use that medication so I am not familiar with it. Asking the manufacturer is the best idea. Here is a link to their site: https://www.pattersonvet.com/Supplies/ProductFamilyDetails/PIF_665242

Date: Feb 8, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Possible ear infection

Question:My 9 month old cat is scratching her right ear and shaking her head. It seems painful. Can I treat her at home?

Answer:Ear mites and ear infections can look the same but they are treated entirely differently. Have your veterinarian check him to be sure what you are treating - treating an ear infection with ear mite medication is unnecessary and painful and vice versa.

Date: Feb 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection or ear mites

Question:Hello, I have a 5 month old pit bull and her left ear is really red and I have noticed her itching at it. Now her right ear is starting to turn pinkish red too. I'm not sure if it's ear infection (s) or possibly ear mites. Any advice will help and is appreciated. Thanks, Kara

Answer:They can loo the same but they are treated entirely differently. Have your veterinarian check him to be sure what you are treating - treating an ear infection with ear mite medication is unnecessary and painful.

Date: Feb 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog shaking head and thumping her feet.

Question:My dog has always had ear issues where they become inflamed, red, and crusty. She¿s had this for years. I used to could her ears to feeling better for her but not this time. And now she is shaking her head or and at the same time raising her leg up and thumping her foot. What is making her do this an how can I stop her from doing this?

Answer:Chronic ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear 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: Feb 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection

Question:My Yorkie began to fall down a lot. No s/s of ear infection but is being treated for such. No unusual labs. Nothing seen in his ears. He is eating and drinking as normal. He doesn¿t seem to be in pain. He can barely stand. He stumbles around. He¿s been taking enrofloxacin for 4 days with no improvement. What can be wrong with him? Do you think it is an ear infection?

Answer:It could be many things, including an ear infection. I would really need to know a lot more to start guessing (how old he is, what his blood work looks like, physical exam findings, etc.) More tests and/or a referral to a veterinary neurologist may be necessary to determine what is going on.


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