Ask the Vet About Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats

Ask the Vet About Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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: Jul 24, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: kittens under 12 weeks
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Question:I can't get in to a vet until Aug 5, what can I do for my kittens with ear mites until then. They are about 8 weeks

Answer:There are many over-the-counter products out there, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

Date: Jun 16, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear mites
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Question:My 10 year old cat has ear mites what do I give her without going to the vet and spending a ton of money

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to definitively diagnosis ear mites - if it is an ear infection, ear mite medications won't help and may hurt. If it is definitely an ear infection, there are many over-the-counter medications like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

Date: May 29, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Ear mites
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Question:Is there an online solution I can purchase to get rid of ear mites?

Answer:Yes, there are many over-the-counter and prescription ones. Here is a good over-the-counter one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

Date: May 29, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Ears
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Question:How to clean her ears

Answer:Here is a link to our article entitled "How to Clean Your Cat's Ears": https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/how-to-clean-cats-ears-6.htm

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Ear Mites
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Question:My 8 year old cat has ear mites.at least that's what it looks like. He rubs his ears a lot and cries. What is the best treatment for ear mites?

Answer:Ear mites are very easy to get rid of, even with over-the-counter products, like Eradimite. What is more common is ear infections secondary to allergies and ear mite medication won't help that at all and would be unnecessarily painful for the kitty, so it is ideal for your veterinarian to check him out and determine what you are treating.

Date: May 16, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Ear Mites
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Question:Can ear mites cause serious injuries to my dog and how do I get rid of them for good?

Answer:Ear mites are very easy to get rid of, even with over-the-counter products. What is more common in dogs is ear infections secondary to allergies and ear mite medication won't help that at all and would be unnecessarily painful for the dog, so it ideal for your veterinarian to check him/her out and determine what you are treating.

Date: May 9, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Medicine
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Question:What is the best over the counter ear mite medicine for puppies

Answer:Eradimite is a good one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

Date: May 6, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 1
Topic: ear mites,fever,lymphnodes
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Question:Hi doctor! my question is its been 2 weeks my cat has ear mites and fever and lymph nodes under his jaw. I am new to this so I didnt know what to do. His fever is 103 and his lymphnodes are not ending and what should I give him for ear mites. I dont know but I think his fever and lymph nodes are due to his ear mites. Which medicine should I give him for this. Thanks!

Answer:No, ear mites won't cause a persistent fever like that - it sounds like he has a few different things going on. With a temperature that high, he will more than likely need antibiotics, which require a prescription, so see your veterinarian as soon as you can. They will have medication for the ear mites as well.

Date: May 2, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Scratching of ear and spot of hair loss
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Question:My daughter is concerned that one of our cats has ear mites. She is scratching and has a spot of hair loss in the back of her ear and has a dark like dirt in her ears. She is a house cat only. Please advise. Thank you.

Answer:It could be 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: Apr 17, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Ear digging
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Question:My dogs keep digging and scratching their ears and my one dog keeps digging and scratching his back to where he has no hair

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear & be sure there are no ear mites, 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: Apr 11, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Earmites
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Question:Used over the counter ear Mite medication on my dog and his ears are so red and sensitive I think he's having an allergic reaction I wanted to know if there's something I could use on the outer part of his ear to soothe it right coconut oil or aloe vera thank you

Answer:A topical steroid in an ear preparation would help a lot more, like this over-the-counter product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

Date: Apr 9, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Order and oily discharge
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Question:My dogs one ear has an distinctive scent and an oily discharge, would this be ear mites?

Answer:It is possible but ear infections are more common in dogs than cats, especially if just one ear is involved. To treat ear infections: It is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear and rule out ear mites but if it is an ear infection, 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: Apr 8, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Need something to make him better
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Question:What do u recommend for ear mites/infection of my dogs ear?

Answer:Ear infections are much more common than ear mites in dogs, so first you have to know which one you are treating. Any over-the-counter ear mite medication should work well if used as directed. Then for ear infections: is ideal for your veterinarian to look and make sure the ear drum is intact before putting anything in the ear and rule out ear mites but if it is an ear infection, 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 9, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Medicine
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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: 1
Topic: Feral cat
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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.

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