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DateJun 22, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar Infection - yeast
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Question:

Is there a way to treat a yeast infection in my dogs ear OTC?

Answer:

So 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. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Plus+Advanced+Formula+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod12065.html

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DateJun 11, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topichow to help with ear infection
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Question:

my dogs ear has swollen and is infected what can i do for her

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.

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DateMay 28, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicSeizures & ear infections
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Question:

My 3 year old dog has grand Mal seizures. Prior to the seizures his ears turn bright red, he scratches at his ears, slams his head down several times, then seizes. I have noticed when I use antibiotics, ear drops there is no seizures for weeks at a time! Can ear infections cause seizures?

Answer:

Not really directly, but stress can, so maybe indirectly the stress of the ear infections does cause seizures in him.

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DateMay 14, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topic9 yr old pug
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Question:

What would you recommend for an ear infection?

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.

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DateMay 12, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEars
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Question:

My dog keeps shaking her head like there's something in her ears

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.

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DateMay 7, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar antibiotics
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Question:

I think is insane to get prescriptions for ear medicine I never understood go to vet to get a prescription-I seen a question where permed said let them know you having money issues and they will work with you. Wrong-vets won’t even accept any payment plans-the visit is $120 and meds just as much. By the end of the visit I had to pay $375 for a 8 minute visit. I’m a big believer in taking pets to vets/doctors to keep them safe but this stores would do a lot better if we didn’t need all this prescription for things like an ear infection. I’m struggling my doggy needs his ear medicine asap but how can I get it? We do need a place to live.so what are my options here?

Answer:

Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is over-the-counter and works fairly well for mild-moderate ear infections. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateMay 7, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topicafter 9 year the script should be given if postex dosent work then an exam is ok
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Legally, in veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face must approve the prescription. Here is a link to Posatex - it will ask for your veterinarian's contact information at checkout: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Posatex+Otic+Suspension-prod11272.html

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DateMay 6, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topicsame problem for 9 years once aye year sometimes twice if i run out of posatex
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That's because they are more than likely secondary to allergies. Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. Continue to work with your veterinarian to figure out what he's allegic to. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

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DateMay 1, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeCat
TopicEar bubble
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Question:

How to treat my car at home for an aural haematoma. I believe she has an ear infection as a result of ear mites. Is there any way I can drain the blood without making her miserable?

Answer:

Honestly, no there are no good, safe ways to treat one at home. Sorry. Here is a good article about aural hematomas, written by another veterinarian, from a good reference site for owners: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951446

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DateApr 22, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection
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Question:

Doesn’t heal. Any recs?

Answer:

That's because they are more than likely secondary to allergies. Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm Often ear infections are secondary to food allergies in particular so continue to work with your veterinarian to try to figure out what your dog is allergic to - often it is many things, but food is a common allergen with recurrent ear infections so try multiple strict food trials with prescription foods that are truly hypoallergenic.

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DateApr 19, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicGetting worse
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Question:

I think my dog has an ear infection and it's getting worse I have no income no way to take him to the vet and I don't know what else to do

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.

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DateApr 6, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infections
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Question:

My dog has a severe ear infection related to a corn allergy because I had to feed her cheap dog food oh, I need something to clear it up as soon as possible please

Answer:

"Severe" ear infections usually need prescription medications that you would have to get approval from a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face. For more mild or moderate ear infections, Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is the best over-the-counter product. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Plus+Advanced+Formula+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod12065.html

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DateApr 5, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topicbacterial yest infection
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Question:

whats the same type of wipes as the malaseb wipes and rinse it seems to be the only thing tht helps at all

Answer:

These are similar to Malaseb wipes: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Mal-A-Ket+Wipes-prod12606.html So are these: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Dermabliss+Anti-Bacterial+%26+Anti-Fungal+Medicated+Wipes-prod12753.html If s/he is having recurrent ear infections: Work with your veterinarian to figure out what s/he is allergic to for long term success.

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DateMar 29, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicMy dog has a big bubble on his inner ear he keeps scratching
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Question:

Yes hi my dog has a bubble on his ear and I have tried everything for it and nothing is working I think he needs anabiotic for it

Answer:

I can't tell from your description what is going on (aural hematoma, mass, etc.) and a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face would have to approve an antibiotic so consult your veterinarian if the "bubble" persists or worsens.

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DateMar 27, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeOther
Topic+17167900159
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Question:

What doci do for ear infection

Answer:

There are many options - here is a link to our article about treating ear infections with both over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/treat-dog-cat-ear-infection-6.html

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