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: Jul 20, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication
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Question:My dog has a bad ear infection the vet gave us ear drops he wont let put them in his ear or let us clean it. So I was hope the was some kind of pill form of antibiotics to treat his ear

Answer:They get ear infections in their external ear canal, that doesn't have much of a blood supply, so oral medications are not ordinarily used for ear infections with dogs because they don't work very well. Your veterinarian should either carry or be able to order a long acting topical medication that they can apply for you, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Osurnia-prod11962.html

Date: Jul 20, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: antibiotics
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Question:I have researched symptoms and everything I've read point to Ottitis. what mg dosage of Clyndamycin should I get for my 4 year old 90 lb german shepherd and I will also need the Enzymatic solution W/cortizone from what I've read

Answer:They get ear infections in their external ear canal, that doesn't have much of a blood supply, so oral antibiotics are not ordinarily used for ear infections with dogs, but yes, Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone helps with most mild-moderate ear infections. For more severe infections, prescription topical medication will be needed. Here is a link to read about the Zymox: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jul 17, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Ear mites
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Question:I have a guinea pig who has a dry ear and I was wondering what I could use to help him

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

Date: Jul 15, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rough ear patch
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Question:My four year old English bulldog has developed a rough white patch on his ear over the last few weeks.

Answer:I would have to see what you are talking about (and possibily run some tests) to really even start recommending anything - there are many possibilities for "rough white patch on his ear" so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis if it persists.

Date: Jul 12, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection
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Question:My dog has a red ear inside and it smells. These symptoms are the same that existed when he was previously diagnosed with an ear injection. I purchased zymox hydrocortisone cream from the website. Will this help? What else should I do? The last time this happened he was prescribed a steroid pill but we are 3 hours away from our vet on vacation for the next month. We have a 75 pound golden.

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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. Chronic, recurrent ear infections are secondary to something else (allergies usually, but can be other things) so you and your veterinarian must find and treat the underlying cause, not just the secondary infection.

Date: Jul 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection
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Question:I have a pit pull that is prone to ear infections! She now has what looks like cauliflower ear like a wrestler gets possibly from shaking her head so much from the ear infection. That’s my guess?? I’m wondering if it’s a reason to bring her into the vet for another $500 bill. Or if there is something I can do at home. Also is there a way to order ear infection meds on this site? I am new to the site?? Please help

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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. The "cauliflower ear" that you mention is usually secondary to scar tissue formation from chronic ear infections with ot withour aural hematomas. Answer:Chronic, recurrent ear infections are secondary to something else (allergies usually, but can be other things) so you and your veterinarian must find and treat the underlying cause, not just the secondary infection.

Date: Jul 7, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic ear infection
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Question:Is there an OTC oral treatment for a dog’s ear infection? We have taken our dog to the vet twice where he’s received Claro, under sedation, to treat his ear infections costing us hundreds of dollars. The ear infection seems to stay at bay for about 5 to 6 months but then returns. He will NOT let us use drops without becoming very aggressive.

Answer:Chronic, recurrent ear infections are secondary to something else (allergies usually, but can be other things) so you and your veterinarian must find and treat the underlying cause, not just the secondary infection. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: Jul 2, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Can I use this flush on my dog’s ear?
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Question:Hi, I have Pharmaseb Flush which was given to my sister for her dog a while back. My German shepherd keeps shaking his head and lowering his left ear. I’ve been putting in his previously prescribed anti fungal medication but it isn’t helping. Can I use the Pharmaseb flush for his ear? It doesn’t specify its for ears but I don’t see why it would damage his ear drum.

Answer:I am not familiar with Pharmaseb Flush - I would not use anything in the ear that isn't labeled for ear usage. It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: Jun 29, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Itching and redness ear
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Question:Hello, my dog has red on the inside of his ear, and it is itching, look like a fungus or something like that blunt I am not to sure. Can you 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 & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: Jun 28, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Proactive ear care for Lab
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Question:What is the best proactive ear care for labs? We live in Florida, she is in the water a lot. Every time we go off meds the ick come right back.

Answer:In a totally healthy ear, that is not inflammed or infected, I like a home rememdy concoction of rubbing alcohol, white vinegar and powdered boric acid. This is solely for prevention - it will hurt an infected ear or inflammed ear. Epi-Otic Advanced is a good, general cleaner as well: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html

Date: Jun 25, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scratching ears
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Question:She had medicine put in for 14 days. Two weeks later started again scratching. Zymox not working. Ear wipes not stopping. What products do you recommend

Answer:Chronic, recurrent ear infections are secondary to something else (allergies usually, but can be other things) so you and your veterinarian must find and treat the underlying cause, not just the secondary infection. Your veterinarian will have stronger ear infection medication as well.

Date: Jun 16, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection
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Question:Would minocycline be an effective treatment for an ear Infection

Answer:No - usually not - dog usually get infections in their outer ear canal which doesn't have a good blood supply so oral antibiotics are not very helpful. They also have a fungal component to the infection usually as well as an allergic component so antibiotics alone don't help either of those. Drops for dogs work the best. Zymox Otic may help but your veterinarian will have stronger medication: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jun 13, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection
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Question:I'm looking at Zymox Optic with Cortizone to treat a possible ear infection in my dog, and I'm only seeing a 1.25oz bottle and a 4oz bottle. The directions say to fill the ear canal. I feel like neither of these would be enough for 1 treatment in each ear. Is it necessary to fill the canal or can I just put a couple of drops in each ear?

Answer:I wonder why more people don't ask this question - I wish the directions didn't say that because it is unnecessary to "fill" the ear canal for sure with the majority of dogs.

Date: Jun 12, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection
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Question:Hello. I have a 1.5 year old Black Lab who has been scratching at his ears and shaking his head a lot. I'm guessing he has an ear infection. I was going to try Zomox Optic with Hydrocortisone but I'm not sure what size bottle to get. How long should I use it for? Or is there something better to use that I don't need a prescription for?

Answer:No, that's easily the best over-the-counter medication to try. Apply once a day for 7 days. For chronic infections, treat once a day for 14 days.

Date: Jun 5, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: 2
Topic: My 1 year old pup brown earwax
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Question:My 1 year old dog has brown wax and shakes her head. She doesn't seem to be in pain but what can I give her to clean them out?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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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