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DateJan 17, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicSwollen Ear
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Question:

I have a 12 year old JRT/APBT male mix, he is shaking his head, yelping, and the right ear is swollen, it is 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. If there is anything on this site that will help him, please let me know.

Answer:

If it is visibly swollen and so painful that he is "yelping", I would really go ahead and see your local veterinarian - they will have much stronger medications. If that just isn't an option at all, Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone may help it feel a little better. Here is a direct link to the Zymox: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateJan 5, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicInfection
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Question:

Do I need a prescription for my dog to get antibiotics? I know he has bad ear infection

Answer:

Yes, you need a prescription for stronger medication from a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face. If they cannot see you immediately try Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone - it is the best over-the-counter option. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateJan 1, 2022
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topicmeds
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Question:

Doc we have 8-9 yr old lab hes having an ear infection. last problem was -7-8 mths ago vet used a cream one time in the ear flushed with vingar and water first, not sure of the med name , could i get a suggestion and where can i get it. Thanks

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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DateDec 31, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicI need help
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Question:

Yes my dog has a ear infection and I don't have the money to take him to the vets cN someone please help me I don't want my dog to be hurt or die plz am bugging some help

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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DateDec 18, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEars
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Question:

My dogs ears are dryed out in the inside and irritated. What might be wrong with them

Answer:

They may be infected so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. If that isn't immediately an option, Zymox Otic may help. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateDec 9, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEat infection
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Question:

What can I use to help with an ea5lr infection?

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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DateDec 9, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicMedication
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Question:

Hi, my dog has a yeast/bacterial infection in his ear, is there a pill i can give him as he refuses to let me put anything in his ear?? Thank you!

Answer:

No - unfortunately they get the infection in their outer ear which doesn't have much of a blood supply, so orals (especially without topicals) don't help much at all. Their are one (or two) time treatments that your veterinarian should have or be able to order that they can apply at your office visit like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Osurnia-prod11962.html

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DateDec 3, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar issue
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Question:

Our 9year old has been shaking his head we looked in his ear and it had wax, we used our usual rinse but it hasn't helped. What can we do. I lost my job due to my husband's health issues, so money is more than tight. Is there any thing we can 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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DateDec 3, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicRx
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Question:

My dog drainage and pain in left ear I need rx he freeks out if I try to put in car

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 22, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicBoil and ear infection
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Question:

What type of medication can I use on my dog for a boil & for an ear infection?

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 15, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeCat
Topicantibiotics
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Question:

I can't get to a vet with my cat and can't really afford a bug vet bill what can I do for my cats ear infection. It has discharge and a odor and it is swollen.

Answer:

It is impossible to tell if he has ear mites or an ear infection without looking at the debris under the microscope so it really is ideal to see your veterinarian. The test is cheap and easy. If s/he has an ear infection which you can make worse with ear mite medication. If that isn't immediately an option, the best over-the-counter medication for ear infections is Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone. 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 This won't help long term if he has ear mites - he would need to have those treated specifically.

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DateNov 9, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
Topiccleaning a dogs ears
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Question:

What type of solution do you recommend for routine ear cleanings?

Answer:

Epi-Otic Advanced is my favorite cleaner - it's what we use in my clinic. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html

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DateNov 5, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar mites or infection
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Question:

She will whine in help sleep her ears are red a little bit of black junk in her ears an her ears are hot she doesn’t scratch her ears much an my Cat if u touch his ears she shakes his head!?

Answer:

It is impossible to tell the difference between ear mites and an ear infection without looking at the debris under a microscope. Your veterinarian will have one and can check very quickly and determine the best treatment because the 2 problems are treated differently.

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DateNov 4, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicFood for ear infections
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Question:

What is the difference between Royal Canin HP and Royal Canin Ultamino. Which is better for ear infections. Thank you.

Answer:

Both are really good choices - Ultamino is a little more hydrolyzed so it will be a little more expensive.

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DateNov 3, 2021
CategoryEar Infections
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiet for ear infections
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Question:

What is the best food for a dog with continuous ear infections?

Answer:

The hydrolyzed prescriptiion diets are the best like Science Diet Z/D or Royal Canin HP or Purina ProPlan HA. They are expensive so if they are not affordable long term, at least do a strict 8 week food trial to see how food allergic your dog is.

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