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: Jan 12, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection in a 7 year old Pomeranian
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Question:My 7 year old dog has itchy ear and is producing excessive wax. That wax is coagulating outside the ear and has a very foul smell. The dog use to cry and shake his head excessively due to itchiness and pain. What medicine and treatment should I prefer for my dog.

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: Jan 11, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What solution to use
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Question:I have a 2-3 year old boy dog who I believe has a ear infection. He is a mixed small dog (Maltese Shih Tzu). The vet it booked and I wanted to know what I can purchase to do myself ?

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 - here is a link to the product if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jan 10, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection
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Question:My 11 yr old white male pitbull has chronic ear infection's had ear culture test done doctor said he has antibiotic resistant infection gave him bactrum for two weeks no relief is suggesting 14 day injection program one daily seven hundred dollars can be kidney unfriendly and some hearing loss side effects I'm desperately trying to get him some relief said if injections fail no other options

Answer:You can always ask for a referral to a veterinary dermatologist, which sounds like it might be the best option for him. 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. 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

Date: Jan 9, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Paralysis in all 4 limbs
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Question:Four-year-old bulldog being treated for a suspected ear infection within a month has lost the use of its limbs and cannot walk but is still eating urinating and pooping could this dog have been poisoned? the vet seems to think it's neurological after an MRI scan but so sudden. Now thinking about putting him down. Heartbroken please help

Answer:Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear you are going through that. All of it is very odd indeed and I would need to see all of his x-rays, MRI, blood tests, etc. and examine him to give you any kind of useful information. A referral to a veterinary neurologist is ideally his next step.

Date: Jan 7, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection
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Question:Hi my dog has an ear infection and I can’t get into a vet near me for a prescription is there a way I can get a prescription from you in order to get her the medication she needs?

Answer:In veterinary medicine, a face-to-face meeting must take place to issue a legal prescription, so No, we can't. Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is probably the best over-the-counter option. HEre is a link: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jan 7, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible ear infection
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Question:Hi! I’m wondering what the best antibiotic/ointment for ear infection is?

Answer:The best medications will require a prescription from your veterinarian - there are many good ones (Tresaderm, Otomax, Mometamax, etc.). The best over-the-counter option is probably Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone. 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: Jan 6, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication
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Question:What is the best antibiotics for ear infection? My 14 years old Yorkie has frequent ear infections. We use Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution which helps a little but after while it comes back. Thanks in advance for your advice. Gabriela

Answer:Prescription medication will work much better (Tresaderm, Otomax, Mometamax, etc.) BUT working with your veterinarian to find what your dog is allergic to is ideal or they will continue to recur.

Date: Jan 6, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: treatment
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Question:i would like to get some type of meds or something for his ear theres alot of fluid in it he has had it on and off for the last month

Answer:If it has been going on that long AND you can hear actual fluid, he will need for your veterinarian to check him out and prescribe stronger prescription medication and make sure his ear drum is intact before squirting anything down in there. If that just isn't an option at all, this is the best over-the-counter product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Jan 2, 2021
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I used neomyacin for humans
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Question:I used neomyacin polymyaxin B complex hydrocortisone otic solution on m dog; who is prone to ear infections in the infected ear for 2 days, 3 drops each day. Now he has discharge from both ears. I can't afford a vet . please advise.

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

Date: Dec 23, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My cat keeps tilting her head, sometimes loses balance
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Question:Is their anything to treat this now

Answer:I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check her out - especially if her balance seems affected. If her inner ear is involved, she will need oral prescription medications and they will need to be sure her ear drum is intact before you squirt anything in her ear.

Date: Dec 18, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My yorkie/poodle is always itching her ears!
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Question:How can I help my poor dog! I think she’s allergic to my grass. She is always getting a horrible ear infection! I don’t have enough money to always bring her to her vet! I give her dry ear and it does help but not enough!

Answer: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" which is key to long term relief and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm Try Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone for ear inflammation - here is a link: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Nov 21, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection or something irritation in ear
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Question:My dog has been constantly shaking and scratching his head his. I’m only 14 and my parents don’t wanna take him to the vet. So I was wondering what I can do at my house. His ears has purple patching and is red

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: Nov 14, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Gh
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Date: Nov 6, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Frequent infections
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Question:How can I help prevent ear infections

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. 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

Date: Nov 2, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Years infections
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Question:What can I give my dog to stop the yeast ones in her ears. I would prefer a chew or pill.

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. 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

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