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Ask the Vet About Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats

Ear Mites
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Ask the Vet About What Causes Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats?
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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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: Nov 27, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear mites

Question:Can I get prescription eat mite meds with going to vet

Answer:Yes, but you cannot get them withOUT going to the vet (which is what I think you meant to type). If you have been recently, they may sell the medication to you (like if we are talking about a kitten going through it's kitten shot series) but they really need to diagnose your cat/kitten with ear mites before dispensing. If your cat doesn't have ear mites, the medication won't help and will hurt/sting/irritate and potential make his/her ears worse.

Date: Nov 25, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear mites!

Question:I rescued a pup (4m old today) from the apl and his ear is really swollen from scratching and it has the coffee ground like substance in it. I cleaned it out but 2 days later it was full of it again. So I'm thinking ear mites. I bought DogMD Ear Mite and Tick treatment to treat him and my other dog (3y). Would you say that is a good product? Also how would I go about cleaning the area. What product? How often? Should I worry at all?

Answer:I have never used that product but it should kill ear mites (active ingredient is pyrethrins) if he has ear mites. If he has an ear infection, that is not secondary to ear mites, it won't help at all and will be painful so it's ideal to know if he has ear mites. It is really easy for your veterinarian or veterinary technician to determine if he has mites - they will more than likely carry something like Acarexx which is a one time (usually, sometimes 2, but that is max) treatment which is far better because pyrethrins applications are twice daily for weeks sometimes.

Date: Nov 25, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear mites

Question:My kitten is 4 months old and has ear mites. What medication will be safe for her

Answer:There are many options: your veterinarian will have Acarexx (a one time treatment and you're done medication - have the vet or tech go ahead a do it for you), several over-the-counter medications like Eraditmite (most involve several applications which cats aren't especially fond of), and some monthly flea treatments like Revolution will kill ear mites.

Date: Nov 20, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Potential ear mites

Question:My 6 year old domestic short hair Bandit has scratches by his ears. I looked up pictures of ear mites but they don┐t look like the scratches that he has near his ears. I haven┐t changed anything in terms of food or litter or environment that he is in. How long do I watch this before I need to bring him to our vet? Thank you for your time.

Answer:It takes a few seconds, literally, to determine how to treat ear infections in cats, after your veterinarian determines what is going on, so yeah, it saves you time, energy and money to get an actual diagnosis.

Date: Nov 14, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: medication

Question:Can I use this same ear cleansing rinse for my dog that I bought for my cat or do I need to get separate treatment? I don't believe it is ear mites her ears might just be dirty but I am not 100% sure. Should I take her to my vet before I clean her ears or can I go ahead and try?

Answer:It is always best for your veterinarian to take a look down her ear canal before your put anything in it - primarily to be sure her ear drum is intact. It is probably ok to use the same cleansing rinse but I would need to know what it is (what are the active ingredients?) before I say for sure.

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Mites

Question:How to get reed of mites on dwarf hampsters. Is there a spray that I can get?

Answer:I am solely a small animal veterinarian (I just treat dogs and cats) so it will be ideal to ask a veterinarian that specializes in "exotics" even if you have to call your local veterinary school and ask for the exotics department. I would guess that Frontline would be ok to use on them because it is non-toxic to vertebrates. You may want to try Frontline's 1-800 number and see if they know. From their website: " If you are a Pet Owner. Please call 1-800-660-1842 for inquiries regarding FRONTLINE« brand products. . . "

Date: Sep 25, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Ear mites

Question:Hello, I am pretty confident my rabbit has ear mites. He is an indoor pet that free roams like a cat. I am taking him to the vet this afternoon to confirm and treat. My questions: How do I effectively clean my home or decontaminate, and how likely will the vet be to prescribe medication to treat my two cats for mites without seeing them (preventative). Thank you. Stacie

Answer:The mites don't really live outside of their ears so you usually don't have to decontaminate anything. Unless your cats did a lot of close cuddling with the rabbit, they probably didn't contract them. It is illegal to prescribe medication for an animal your veterinarian hasn't seen in the last year in most states - then if they have seen them in the last year, they usually like to be sure they have them before they prescribe medication so, factoring in all that, I would say unlikely.

Date: Sep 14, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: open patches with hair loss

Question:Is there something I can do to heal my cats patches. he has ear mites

Answer:You can try topical preparations like Eradimite, but they are sometimes really hard to get down into his ear canal multiple times, so using Revolution might be a good idea - it will help with fleas as well in case he also has a flea allergy (most of the time ear mites won't cause "open patches with hair loss" unless they are only right behind his ears.) Your veterinarian will have stronger medications for ear mites and can diagnose and treat other things that it might be (ear infection, skin infection, ringworm, etc.)

Date: Aug 15, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ear mites

Question:What Is A Good Ear Drop To Use For Dog Ear That Works Good?

Answer:First of all, make sure that it is ear mites - many times people think ear infections are ear mites. Ear mites are easy to get rid of with many different products. Your veterinarian will more than likely have the one-time treatment or you can use over-the-counter products but follow the directions on the bottle closely with those - they will often need to be repeated multiple times. Here is a link to one of those products: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html If your dog has an infection, you can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and Zymox 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: Aug 14, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Scabby Ears

Question:I applied Revolution and my sweet cat still has scabby ears

Answer:Scabby ears can be due to many things. One of the most common things that cause it is a flea allergy so it was good to rule that out. Now, work with your veterinarian to rule out other causes like food allergies, inhalant allergies, ringworm, mange, etc.

Date: Aug 13, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Help

Question:My cat have ear mites but he will not let me nere his ears to put drops in... He hises and runns away i dont know what to do ?

Answer:Most veterinarians carry stronger medication that they only have to apply once and ask them to do it in the office before you leave. Call ahead and make sure they carry the one-time application ear mite medication just to make sure - there are a few different brands.

Date: Jul 20, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meds?

Question:My dog 3yrs old just getting over ear mites,i used the eardemites from ur shop right ear still hurting should i also be giving him antibiotics or any other med?its been a week thanks jeri

Answer:He may have an infection secondary to the ear mites. You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and Zymox 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: Jul 14, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear

Question:Hello I was wondering if there was something I could do for my dog that I believe has ear mites can't really afford to take to the vet rig now I hear Dr dogs ear oil was good for mites and infection don't wanna hurt my dog but he needs relief thank u for ur time

Answer:Ear mites are rare in adult, mature or senior dogs, and more likely your pet has overgrowth of yeast and/or bacteria causing any increase in waxy or brown/black discharge or itchy ears, secondary to underlying allergies. I would try Zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds. If no help, needs proper diagnosis and treatment from your local vet

Date: Jul 1, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear mites

Question:I have a blue nose pit and she's about 4 1/2 years old and her last owner never took care of her ear infection so it got worse over the past 2 years so fortunately I rescued her but she's constantly shaking her head and wimpering and scratching at her ears . Moneys tight right now and I'm not sure price range of a vet visit it so should I try the over the counter medicines like Eradimite treatment or revolution or even Advantage Multi ?

Answer:Usually ear mites are super easy to get rid of, so once you treat them once, they are gone. Recurrent ear infections are usually secondary to allergies. You can try cleaning it with a cleaner like Epi-Otic Advanced (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Epi+Otic+Advanced+Ear+Cleanser-prod11109.html) and then applying Zymox (http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html). This combination of cleaning and Zymox 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. They can also confirm the ear infection and make sure she doesn't have ear mites. I would definitely go ahead and treat her for ear mites if you (or they) never have with any of those things you listed - you will be very lucky if she just has ear mites because she should never have another ear problem after you treat her.

Date: Jun 30, 2017
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: scales

Question:Can ear mites be transferred to a human if the dog lays his head on my feet?

Answer:No, thank goodness, they cannot.


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