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: Oct 18, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear redness and sores
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Question:My groomer told me my dog had an double ear infection. I’m short on cash so I put Ofloxacin 0.3%

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: Sep 27, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection after injury
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Question:My pitbull mix has had recurring ear infections after my puppy gave her an ear hematoma last year. My vet syringed the excess blood from her ear and it is permanently "cauliflowered". The ear infections normally come and go, but this time it seems to be lasting longer and she is in more pain. Lots of swelling, redness, and scabbing where she scratches or where the liquidy brown-grey gunk is. My question is, what medication should I give her to help the infection?

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: Sep 24, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic:  medicine making him itchier
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Question:Is it normal for fungal ear infection medication to make your dogs ear itchier while in use? He's on mometamax.

Answer:No, not really - the topical steroid in mometamax should do the opposite actually but right when you start putting anything on an irritated ear, it may seem itchier. It should continue for more than a day though and the ear should not seem more red, so have your veterinarian recheck him if that happens.

Date: Sep 6, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Chronic ear infections
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Question:My dog has had chronic ear infections for the past year and half since I got him from our local shelter. We have tried ear flushes, short term use of prednisone, oral Antibiotics, Allergy medications and diet changes. His ear infections seem to go away for a couple weeks and than come back full force. We have also taken him to dermatology. He seems to do the best on steroids but I know that’s not a long term treatment. Are there any other treatments are out there for chronic ear infections that I’m missing?

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" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Sep 6, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear irritation
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Question:My dog has suffered from ear infections often. She has not had an allergy test (yet) but she is also an anxious and itchy dog in general. Always licking her paws. Always flapping her ears. Bumps on skin. I give her Benadryl. I have leftover Gentizol from a past infection. I was reading up on the side effects and decided to seek more advice. I’ve cleaned her ears. Zero dirt came out. My other dog tends to smell her infection/yeast and will lick her forever. What do you recommend? She has had apoquel in the past and it definitely helped with the skin issues.

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" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Sep 4, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ear infection, mastiff
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Question:my dig that's mastiff is always getting ear infections every since he was little. what can i do to prevent this. i clean out with paper towel or tissue if he gets it wet. try to keep it clean. I'm because myself because when he gets one it comes on fast.

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: Aug 12, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medicine
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Question:My dog has red his ears and this part of skin is wide, can you prescribe him some medicine

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: Aug 9, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Can I give human amoxicillin to a feral cat with possible ear infection
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Question:We have a dear feral cat named JR that we have been feeding for 5 years. He came to us as a kitten, we used the TNR program and he is one of the family, but lives outside. He is feral, so we have been unable to catch him to take him to the vet. About 2 weeks ago he developed a head tilt and falls to the same side. After reading information on line we think he has an ear infection. We do have human amoxicillin and need to know if we can give that to JR and hope he improves. We are desperate for some advice as to how to help him.

Answer:They can take Amoxicillin - 100mg by mouth twice daily for 2 weeks, BUT oral antibiotics alone usually don't heal ear infections - topical antibiotics are usually necessary as well, so however you trapped him to have him neutered is ideal to have your veterinarian check him out.

Date: Aug 6, 2020
Category: Ear Infections
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Wax issues
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Question:My poodle's left ear. It just constant wax all the time. I irrigate the ear; but the wax never stops. What can I do?

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 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.

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