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DateDec 5, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar Wax buildup
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Question:

Our 4 year old golden doodle has dark brown wax buildup in only one ear. We have use epi optic solution however the problem persists. What should our next step be? * The vet said he didn’t see a problem?

Answer:

Sometimes the brown wax can be normal and there isn't an "ear infection" but just dirty waxy ears. So you can clean them out daily or weekly with Epi Otic solution. You can also put Zymox otic solution in them sold on PetMeds and this can help decrease that wax build up. There are other prescription ear brands such as Otomax or Surolan that you may want to get from your vet or you can chat with a PetMeds Vet online here to get that sent to you form Petmeds.

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DateNov 22, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicMix breed cavaler
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Question:

A bitch with an ear infection 35 lbs, has had it before. What meds do you recommend

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. A face-to-face meeting must take place to be able to prescribe medication in veterinary medicine.

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DateNov 17, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicFungal infection in ear
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Question:

I have a 2 yr old, small male mixed breed dog that I just rescued (re-homed) 2 months ago. I recently took him to a local low cost vaccine clinic for rabies & distemper vaccines, nail trim and ear cleaning. I was informed he had a fungal infection in his ear and was advised to take him to a vet for Tx (antibiotics). Unfortunately, I'm on a fixed income (SS) and cannot afford a costly vet bill. Is there a way to get him the Rx he requires without the vet visit/bill?

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. A face-to-face meeting must take place to be able to prescribe medication in veterinary medicine.

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DateNov 9, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection, wax dark colored
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Question:

Hi my dog has a ear infection I can't get him into my vet till next week but I'm leaving for vacation Sat. He had it before and I used q tips and baby oil to clean it out and it went away but it's not going away this time. Any ideas or recommendations I could do till I get back or your best advice. Thank you

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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DateNov 1, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topicear infection
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Question:

what can i use over the counter

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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DateOct 29, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEat infection
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Question:

My dog ear is red an she has been shaking her head what do 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 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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DateOct 17, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicChronic eye problem
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Question:

My dog was diagnosed with chronic dry eye. This was a few months ago. The vet told me to cleanse his runny eye with a saline solution and use the antibiotic in his eye. His eye continues to run green goop and it sticks to his eye. She said he has dry eye. Will this ever go away and should I be concerned? She also has him on timilol for glaucoma. He is almost 13. Poor guys eye is so red. Please help. Thank you. Trudy

Answer:

True dry eye will usually need more than just saline and antibiotics. Most dogs do well with Optimmune, but yes, this is often a life-long condition. Here is a link if you would like to read about Optimmune: https://www.1800petmeds.com/optimmune+ophthalmic+ointment-prod10162.html

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DateOct 10, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEAR INFECTION
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Question:

mY VET COULDNT LOOK IN MY DOGS EAR AND THREW US SOME CLEANER AND EAR DROPS COSATEX. SHES STILL HAVING PAIN. WHAT SHOULD I BUY FOR HER.

Answer:

I'm not familiar with "COSATEX". It's hard for me to recommend anything without seeing her ear canal and knowing her history. Like if I recommend adding an oral antiinflammatory and she already takes one, it could ulcerate her intestines, so call that vet that just saw her and ask what oral medication she can take in addition to the topical drops she is on: Posatex? probably which is a good one and should help eventually.

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DateOct 9, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar itch
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Question:

My dog has been scratching her left ear and is red from scratching so much. She has made herself bleed a little from the scratches. Is there a home remedy that will help her feel better or what can I buy to use for her ear?

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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DateSep 29, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection
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Question:

Is there a way I can get Gabapentin, cephalexin for my dogs ear infection

Answer:

Both of those are prescription medications, so in veterinary medicine, they require approval from a veterinarian that has met your dog in person. Since dogs get ear infections in their external ear canal, unlike humans, we rarely use oral antibiotics (especially without topical at the same time) so consider that as well.

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DateSep 22, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEarmites
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Question:

Need prescription for

Answer:

There are good over-the-counter medications for ear mites like this Eradimite: https://www.1800petmeds.com/eradimite+ear+mite+treatment-prod3311.html They are not advised without a diagnosis though because most of the time, especially with dogs, they do not have ear mites - they have an ear infection that can be worsened by ear mite medication.

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DateSep 20, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicAnimax
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Question:

I am using Animax for my dogs ear infection. Can Animax cure the ear infection or does she also need an antibiotic? Ear seems better but not perfect. Maybe she needs to go on antibiotic?

Answer:

Since dogs get infections in their external ear canal, oral antibiotics don't help much. The Animax contains a topical antibiotic (and antifungal and steroid) that usually works - controlling underlying allergies to fully resolve and prevent recurrence is often necessary as well.

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DateSep 19, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicFlapping ears a lot and look red
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Question:

My dog flaps her ears pretty often.

Answer:

Most of the time, this will be an ear infection. With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into her ear canal to be sure that her 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 her feeling better. Medication to try first: Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone - this is the best over-the-counter ear infection medication out there and most pet stores carry it - be sure it says "Otic" or "Ear" because they make skin medication that is not made to go into the ear and make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateSep 18, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication
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Question:

My dog is shaking his head just like he did with his ear infection last time. Is there a way to get the medication without waiting for the vet to open on Monday?

Answer:

With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure that 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 and most pet stores carry it - be sure it says "Otic" or "Ear" because they make skin medication that is not made to go into the ear and make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html Prescription medication will be stronger but will need to be approved by a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face.

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DateSep 18, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar
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Question:

My dogs ear is very red and itchy what should I do for it?

Answer:

With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure that 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 and most pet stores carry it - be sure it says "Otic" or "Ear" because they make skin medication that is not made to go into the ear and make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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