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Ask the Vet About Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats

Ear Mites
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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: Mar 9, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medicine

Question:I have a dog with earmites. Shea had them for while and I've used the earmite medicine from walmart Numerous times. They either arent going away at all or coming back. Whats the next step I could take if theres one

Answer:It sounds like she has an ear infection, not ear mites. They are treated entirely differently. It is ideal for your veterinarian to confirm this and 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.

Date: Mar 8, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear mites treatment

Question:My cat is 16 years old and I think he¿s had ear mites most of his life. We had some drops in the past and they were hard to administer consistently. He doesn¿t seem in pain or scratch a lot but he always has a lot of ear wax that is brown/black. He doesn¿t have a problem with me cleaning it out. What medication do you recommend? I was thinking I should try to give him drops and clear it up once and for all! Thank you.

Answer:Recurrent ear infections are usually secondary to allergies, not ear mites. It is ideal for your veterinarian make a diagnosis and 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.

Date: Mar 8, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feral cat

Question:We have a feral cat, who will let me pet her, but I can¿t get to her ears...I am sure she has ear mites. Wanting to buy revolution so I can apply it between her shoulder blades. How can I purchase this...there is no way I can get her to a vet. Someone years ago had her fixed as her one ear is clipped. Thank you for any advice

Answer:Yeah, this is always a problem with ferals since a face to face meeting is required to write a prescription. Trapping her and taking her in is an option: they can get her caught up on Rabies and leukemia as well as a double whammy to try to keeo her healthy. Then talk directly to your local veterinarian - especially if you have another cat, they may be able to sell it to you.

Date: Mar 2, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: possible ear infection

Question: is there any home Remedies for my dog Harley¿s ear infection? she is a full blooded american pitbull, she around 50-55Ibs.

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.

Date: Feb 29, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat

Question:Why does my cat keep shaking her head and scratching her ears

Answer:Either ear mites or an ear infection. They are treated entirely differently. Have your veterinarian check her to be sure what you are treating - treating an ear infection with ear mite medication is unnecessary and painful and vice versa.

Date: Feb 25, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: How to know when they are gone

Question:Hello! I have a cat and he has recently been contracting ear mites. The other cat in the house apparently does not have them, which I find odd. I¿ve been giving him the ear drops, but nothing seems to work. What should I do to get rid of them and then prevent them from coming back?

Answer:Ear mites are very easy to get rid of - the fact that the ear drops haven't worked and your other cat doesn't have a problem, probably means you are not dealing with ear mites - probably an ear infection. Chronic ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. 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.

Date: Feb 20, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear mites

Question:Hi my name is Joseph I have a dog that I think might have ear mites because he shakes his head a lot and I think also had a ear infection but constantly inches until he yelps but we can¿t take him to a vet or even clean his ears our self without him biting us or the vet what should we do??

Answer:This is a common problem because ear infections are painful. There are strong, prescription medications that are made to apply just one time so you don't have to do it so often - your veterinarian will have one of these. They may need to sedate him to clean them and get it in there. Recurrent ear infections are often secondary to allergies - food allergies in particular, so talk to them about getting him on a hypoallergenic diet.

Date: Jan 28, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear mite meds

Question:What product can I buy to rid my dog of ear mites

Answer:Dogs very rarely have ear mites but they very commonly get ear infections. They are treated entirely differently. Have your veterinarian check him to be sure what you are treating - treating an ear infection with ear mite medication is unnecessary and painful.

Date: Jan 20, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear pain

Question:I need on what I should do about my dog niner that is five years old having bad ear pain with bloody liquid

Answer:"Bad ear pain with bloody liquid" will require prescription medication from your veterinarian - there is nothing over-the-counter that will provide much relief so see your veterinarian as soon as you can.

Date: Dec 31, 2019
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Resistant ear mites

Question:Is there a prescription drug available to "kill" dog ear mites. Pyrethrin's are not doing the job, it doesn't seem pyrethrin's actually kill the mites? Have been using OTC: Curaseb and DogMD Ear mite and tick treatment... Been treating her ears on a daily basis for a month still a problem!

Answer:He probably has an ear infection and not ear mites. Have your veterinarian check him to be sure what you are treating - treating an ear infection with ear mite medication is unnecessary and painful. 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.

Date: Dec 5, 2019
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear mites

Question:Hi! I have a 3 year old domestic shorthair it¿s not the first time my vet has checked her for ear mites but today as I was cleaning her ears I saw a lot of brown dried stuff in her ears I do take her too the groomers too get her ears cleaned she is on a topical flea medication I am not sure if it¿s ear mites?

Answer:Ear mites are terribly easy to get rid of. If your veterinarian has already treated her with prescription medication, it's probably not mites (unless you have lots of cats and they keep reinfecting each other). If you used over-the-counter medication, have your veterinarian recheck her and use the stronger prescription medication. They can check her for an ear infection as well and get her appropriate medication for that (usually Tresaderm). Recurrent ear infections are not as common in cats as dogs but they can certainly get them.

Date: Dec 3, 2019
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Help

Question:I have tried a variety of ear mite meds from pet meds and nothing is working for my rotti! She is crying when I try to clean her ears in pain.

Answer:Then she probably doesn't have ear mites. Ear infections are much more common in dogs and you don't want squirt painful ear mite medications down in her ear if she has an ear infection, not ear mites. Ideally have your veterinarian check her out an rule out ear mites, especially if she is crying in pain, it will be ideal to use prescription medication. Some mild-moderate ear infections will respond to Zymox Otic, which is over-the-counter - here is a link if you would like to read about it with the price: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Nov 27, 2019
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to tell ear mites

Question:My dog's left ear has a pink bump in it and I noticed little tiny black somethings in the ear, could this be ear mites and does she need to go to the doctor. She does shake the head more.

Answer:Ear mites are not black. (They do produce black exudate, but they themselves are kind clear and microscopic.) Have your veterinarian check her and look at the exudate under the microscope. You don't want to treat her for ear mites if she has an ear infection (and vice versa).

Date: Nov 22, 2019
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear mites

Question:My dog shakes her head constantly and scratches in her ear but I don't see any kind of discharge or smell anything. Does she have ear mites or do I need to clean her ears?

Answer:You really need to know if he truly has ear mites or an ear infection because you do not want to be squirting painful ear mite medication in his ear if it is an infection so having your veterinarian make a quick diagnosis by looking at the debris under a microscope is ideal.

Date: Nov 20, 2019
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear infection as well

Question:I have done everything from treatment powders flushes can't rid of them he has now developed ear infection please help

Answer:He probably doesn't have ear mites then. They are easy to get rid of. Chronic ear infections are secondary to something - often allergies - often a food allergy, so start there : try a different, hypoallergenic food. 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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