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: Oct 19, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How to treat ear mites at home
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Question: How to treat ear mites on my dog at home

Answer:Ear infections are much more common in dogs than ear mites. Treating for ear mites when they have an ear infection can be painful and harmful, so ideally have your check him/her quickly before you treat the ear. They can also check to be sure that the ear drum is intact which is important before aquirting medication down in the ear canal.

Date: Sep 22, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Flea Prevention and Ear Mites
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Question:I read that some flea prevention meds can kill ear mites in dogs. Is this the case and, if so, which brands are most effective?

Answer:Revolution is the only one I can think of labeled for dogs (advantage multi is labeled for ear mites but only in cats).

Date: Sep 20, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog
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Question:I just wanted to know if it was ear mites or not and if i can send you a photo???

Answer:We don't have a way for you to attach a photo, BUT it actually wouldn't help without some kind of magnification - like a microscope because macroscopically an ear infection can look exactly like ear mites.. Your veterinarian will have one and be able to tell immediately. It is important to tell the difference because treating an ear infection for ear mites and treating ear mites like an ear infection won't help at all and can potentially hurt.

Date: Sep 15, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Ear irritates
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Question:My oldest cat been Scratching really hard at his ears sometimes it’s red and hot and it feels like water comes out his ear

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. Ear mites are rare in older cats.

Date: Aug 29, 2020
Category: Ear Mites
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ear Mites
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Question:I believe my dog has ear mites but only in one ear. She is shaking her head constantly and scratching to the point she causes herself pain. She has also over scratched it to the point she is bleeding. It smells bad and there is dark discharge in the ear that does look clumpy. The ear is super red inside.

Answer:If it is only one ear, it is probably an infection - which is treated entirely differently than ear mites, so it is ideal for your veterinarina to look down into her ear, make a diagnosis and make sure her ear drum is intact before squirtling medication down in there.

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.

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