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DateSep 18, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar Infection Medication
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Question:

Can I get ear medication for my dog’s possible ear infection? She had a very traumatic experience at the vet office and is terrified to go back, as am I. Can you help, please?

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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DateAug 29, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicReoccurring ear infection on Great Pyrenees dog
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Question:

My 11 year old Great Pyrenees is suffering from an ear infection I can’t seem to get rid of. It’s red and inflamed. I clean it frequently and keep it dry, give him Benadryl and antibacterial drops but as soon as they’re gone, the infection comes back

Answer:

Recurrent ear infections are usually secondary to allergies - often food 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

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DateAug 25, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicSwitching from Mometamax to Zymox
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Hi Dr. Dym. My 6-year-old Luna girl (yellow lab weighing 107 lbs) was recently diagnosed with a double ear infection. The right ear being more infected than the left. This is our first time for her ear infection. Her ears are normally a beautiful pale-pink color but noticed brown debris, redness and inflammation. Cytology confirmed cocci bacteria and she was prescribed Mometamax – 4 drops in each ear, once a day for 7 days. She is currently on day two of the medication. After reading the potential side effects of Mometamax may cause partial hearing loss or deafness I am concerned as I couldn’t forgive myself if she lost her hearing. I spoke with the vet’s office and they assured me Mometamax is the only medication to treat her cocci bacteria, they told me its in the canal and that her eardrums are intact. When I asked them about Zyomax, they told me they have never heard of that brand. I’ve been researching the internet about alternatives so far I keep seeing Zyomax. Can I stop the course of Mometamax and start her on Zymox? If so, should I wait a day or two before starting? Which Zyomax would be best for her?

Answer:

In 25 years of using a product very similar to mometamax, I have never had any hearing-loss issues, so it is much safer than the internet will lead you to believe and will work much better than Zymox. But the best Zymox out right now is the Zymox Plus with hydrocortisone. Here is a direct link to it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Plus+Advanced+Formula+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod12065.html

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DateAug 23, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicItchy ears
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Question:

What do you recommend for ears. I use an ear wash but that doesn’t always seem like enough. She has had infected ears and I’ve used mometamax but that is prescription.

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. For chronic, recurrent ear infections, consider allergy testing and/or truly hypoallergenic food.

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DateAug 22, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection treatment
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Question:

What is the yellow goo the vet puts in my dog's ears to treat infections. Can I get that over the counter and avoid vet fees.

Answer:

You will have to ask your veterinarian - there are many possibilities for treatment options. If it was a one time treatment, and worked well, it may have been Osurnia. That requires a prescription from your veterinarian. The best over-the-counter option is Zymox Otic Plus: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Plus+Advanced+Formula+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod12065.html

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DateAug 21, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection
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Question:

Dogs ears are red, hot, itchy, & tender to touch. No discharge, smell, or dizziness. Will Zymox Plus be a good start ?

Answer:

Yes, that is the best over-the-counter option, but consult your veterinarian if it persists because they will have stronger, prescription medications.

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DateAug 19, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar mites, ear infection, fungal inflammatory
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Question:

Prescription

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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DateAug 18, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicInformation how to soothe/heal infected ears, without setting his ears afire with vinegar
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Question:

I’m desperately needing consultation for how to soothe/begin the healing process for infection in my dogs ears, because I can’t afford to take him to the vet! Please respond quickly!

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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DateAug 17, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicNasty ear
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Question:

My vet prescribed bayrtil ear drops for my dog Carter every 12hrs. His one ear is really nasty. Do I need to clean it out? He has both ears wall to wall with yeast. We have a rinse for the ears but they said don’t use those until the ear drops have been used for 7 days.

Answer:

Consult the veterinarian that looked down into his ear for the best advice. In general though, we usually like you to clean it before applying the drops.

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DateAug 16, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection
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Question:

My dog has an ear infection and seems to be in a lot of pain. No smell but is shaking head and moving really slowly. Whimpers when going down stairs. Vet cannot see her until 8/26. Is there something I can do for her until then?

Answer:

If she is in that much obvious pain, I would go ahead and drive her to the nearest after hours emergency clinic for treatment. If that isn't immediately an option, the best over-the-counter product is this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Plus+Advanced+Formula+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod12065.html

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DateAug 16, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection
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Question:

What are some home remedies to help is ear infection until I'm able to take him to the vet

Answer:

There aren't very good home remedies but here is the best over-the-counter medication option: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Plus+Advanced+Formula+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod12065.html

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DateAug 16, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection
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Question:

What can we do to get our refill on a prescription given by a vet for ear infections?? Are y’all able to write prescription or can I order from this website without one?

Answer:

A prescription medication must be approved by a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face. Here is the best over-the-counter option: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Plus+Advanced+Formula+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod12065.html

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DateAug 11, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topictest email answers
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Question:

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Answer:

I guess you want me to respond, so here it is. (Be sure to delete this one or it will go into "ear infections" lol) (Odd how the date changes to Jan 01, 1970 after I submit these.)

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeCat
TopicEars
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Question:

I have one year old calico cat she sleeps with her head up and at a slight tilt it is a sign of an ear infection ear mite infection

Answer:

The only way to tell the difference between an ear infection and ear mites is to look at the exudate under the microscope at your vet's office - this is usually a really quick, easy procedure.

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeOther
Topicear test question for site
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Question:

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Answer:

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