Ask the Vet About Ear Infections in Dogs & Cats

Ask the Vet About Ear Infections in Dogs & Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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: Jun 12, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scratching at ear think he has infection
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Question:He scratches at ear and cries when he does so, is this something I can be prescribed over phone or should I take him in to be checked ? Vets have told me it could be 2-6 weeks to get him in ..

Answer:With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure his ear drum is intact before squirting medication into it. If that isn't immediately an option, the ear drum is usually intact, so many owners choose to go ahead and try medication that will hopefully get him feeling better. Medication to try first: Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone - this is the best over-the-counter ear infection medication out there - make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jun 3, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Severe ear infection
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Question:My poodle has a sever ear infection it’s draining and I can’t afford a vet but in need antibiotics for him can you help

Answer:With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure his ear drum is intact before squirting medication into it. If that isn't immediately an option, the ear drum is usually intact, so many owners choose to go ahead and try medication that will hopefully get him feeling better. Medication to try first: Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone - this is the best over-the-counter ear infection medication out there - make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: May 27, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Generic vs. Brand Name?
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Question:I have a 7-yr-old female Cockapoo with an ear infection, and Vet gave me a prescription for Mometamax Otic Suspension. Will the 1800PetMeds "Malmetazone - Generic to Mometamax" also work for this infection? Thank you.

Answer:Yes, they contain the same active ingredients. Your veterinarian will have to approve the generic unless they wrote on the prescription "generics ok".

Date: May 27, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: hematoma in ear flap tip
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Question:My Weimaraner has a hematoma in his ear flap tip, we drained the blood and bandage his ear on the back of the head. After one day we drain it again but it was lymph instead of blood. Should we drain lymph, it accumulates again?

Answer:Those aural hematomas are hard to treat - they will usually continue to just fill back up when you drain it so seeing your veterinarian for an advanced procedure is ideal at this point. Here is a good article about aural hematomas and various treatments, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951446

Date: May 23, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear problems
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Question:My cat has been having what was thought to be ear miites in one ears.. Oils and ear mite solutions ahve proven to be unsuccessful. Cleaning the ear continues to produce quatities of what looks like dried blood.The ear is red but he no longer scratches much and shakes his head occassionally, What could be the problem and what is the remedy?

Answer:At this point you definitely should see your veterinarian for a diagnosis (ear mites, ear infection, ear polyp, ear cancer, foreign body, etc. - all treated very differently). It could be an ear infection, which won't respond to ear mite medications and they can make an ear infection worse and be unnecessarily painful. Zymox Otic may help an infection. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: May 11, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication for minor ear infection
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Question:My dog has floppy ears and I clean them with cu tips as directed. But, every three or four months I see the redness. Vet says common ear infection and inserts a suppository like medicine in his ear. Can I get the medicine from pet meds and do it myself?

Answer:It sounds like your veterinarian is using a longer acting product like Osurnia (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Osurnia-prod11962.html). It requires approval from your veterinarian. Recurrent ear infections are often secondary to allergies, so if it continues, talk to your veterinarian about what he might be allergic to.

Date: May 10, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Horse
Topic: Smell and itching in ear
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Question:We are OTR trucking and our baby is with us in the truck We have a hard time to stop and go to the vet Is there OTC medicine that will help Spyke over this infection his ear stinks we are 3200 miles from his vet ?

Answer:With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure his ear drum is intact before squirting medication into it. If that isn't immediately an option, the ear drum is usually intact, so many owners choose to go ahead and try medication that will hopefully get him feeling better. Medication to try first: Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone - this is the best over-the-counter ear infection medication out there - make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: May 10, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hearing loss
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Question:Is there something to help my dog hear better

Answer:No not specifically like a hearing aid, but controlling the ear infections and minimizing the inflammation and swelling can help.

Date: May 7, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scratching.
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Question:What medication is good for ear infections ?

Answer:With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure his ear drum is intact before squirting medication into it. If that isn't immediately an option, the ear drum is usually intact, so many owners choose to go ahead and try medication that will hopefully get him feeling better. Medication to try first: Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone - this is the best over-the-counter ear infection medication out there - make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: May 1, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Swollon ear flap
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Question:My pit bull has bad allergies and his ear flap is swollen like a ballon i have no money to take to a vet wat can i do to help him at home

Answer:That sounds like an aural hematoma. There is no home remedy for these. Some resorb on their own with no treatment but most need attention from your veterinarian. Here is a good article about treating these, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951446

Date: Apr 27, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Always had one ear infection
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Question:Give to him from his vet 15 mg Tresaderm still had infections don't go away ?

Answer:I would need to see his ear to really give you good advice - recurrent ear infections can be secondary to many things: if it's just one ear it may be a conformational issues or mass in that one ear, allergies can cause recurrent ear infections but that's usually both ears, etc.

Date: Apr 19, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
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Answer:It looks like your question didn't come through about ear infections, so feel free to resubmit your question. Here is a link to our article about ear infections: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/ear-infections

Date: Apr 13, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear aches
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Question:What will make a dog's ear itch, and get a scabs,and wax in it.

Answer:Ear mites or an ear infection are the 2 most common causes. They are treated entirely differently so it is ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis. (They will quickly look at the exudate under the microscope and be able to tell.) Ear infections are much more common in dogs. With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure his ear drum is intact before squirting medication into it. If that isn't immediately an option, the ear drum is usually intact, so many owners choose to go ahead and try medication that will hopefully get him feeling better. Medication to try first: Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone - this is the best over-the-counter ear infection medication out there - make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Apr 8, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: total ear canal ablation for 13 yr old cocker spaniel
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Question:Recommended or not? He just cannot hear. at all. Vet said permanent stenotic condition. Should we do this?

Answer:As you can imagine, I would really need to examine him, get his whole history, see his blood work and chest x-rays to be sure he is a good anesthetic candidate, etc. to really make any kind of recommendations for you so your veterinarian is definitely the best person to continue talking to. Here is a really good article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust about total ear canal ablations, that may help you decide: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952082

Date: Apr 5, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: vet cleaned ears presc ear cleaner and antibiotic and not working
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Question:My cat is going crazy since I took him to the vet. The vet said he had an ear infection and cleaned his ears, prescribed ear solution and posatex antibiotic for dogs. I clean my cats ears with solution and drops as prescribed and he is going crazy. He can stop scratching and the vet is closed and i don't know what to do for the poor thing.

Answer:This is not uncommon with ear infections - it should steadily improve as the infection responds to the posatex so definitely try to get that in there. It also has a topical steroid that should help the inflammation. See your veterinarian for a recheck if it doesn't steadily improve.

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