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DateJan 21, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar infection/ear mites
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Question:

My dog Boone is having issues with his ears. They are swollen and red and hot to the touch. He also looks like he might have ear mites. Is there anything you can prescribe for him?

Answer:

It is rarely mites in adult dogs. The only way to know for sure (because ear mites and ear infections can look exactly the same) is for your veterinarian to look at the debris under the microscope. The is a VERY quick and easy test. These problems are treated entirely differently so you really need that diagnosis before you squirt anything into his ears. They can also check to be sure his ear drum is intact, which is important before medicating as well.

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DateJan 15, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar mites or ear infection?🤔
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Question:

How can I tell if my dog has ear mites or what is wrong with his ear he keeps itching and shaking his head and he has a huge knot in his ear?

Answer:

The only way to know for sure (because ear mites and ear infections can look exactly the same) is for your veterinarian to look at the debris under the microscope. The is a VERY quick and easy test. These problems are treated entirely differently so you really need that diagnosis before you squirt anything into his ears. They can also check to be sure his ear drum is intact, which is important before medicating as well.

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DateDec 6, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeCat
TopicEarmites infection
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Question:

How can I treat the earmites of my cats? It spreads all over her body.

Answer:

Ear mites don't usually cause proeblems all over the body. There are many things that cause skin problems all over the body (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm Then here is a link to our article about how to treat ear mites: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/how-to-treat-ear-mites-cats-6.html

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DateDec 3, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeDog
TopicHead shaking
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Question:

What is the cause for the head shaking? My dog seem like she is in pain and cannot get comfortable at times.

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There are many potential causes. If it is intermittent, an ear issue like ear mites or ear infection (treated very differently), is more likely. If it is continuous, something neurologic may be going on, then there are other potential causes (toxin, anxiety, metabolic, nutritional, parasitic, etc etc etc) so see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

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DateOct 6, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeCat
TopicEar mites
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Question:

Can I treat ear mites at home?

Answer:

Yes - there are over-the-counter products like this one called Eradimite: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

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DateSep 25, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeCat
TopicLoosing hair and scabby spots
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Question:

My cat recently became infected with mites. She is loosing hair and has balding spots on her hind quarters and tail. Will Revolution work on this problem? I can’t get her into the vet until the end of Oct.

Answer:

Revolution should help - it will help with mites and fleas that may be causing an allergic reaction.

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DateJul 22, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
TopicToxins
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Question:

We recently gave our cat ear mite medicine that we then found out has ingredients that could be toxic….what should we looking out for and what’s the time frame of when we would know if he could be sick…the ingredients both begin with P….why does the store have these products out if they are toxic?..

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Call and speak directly with the manufacturer about that - I would need to know the exact ingredient and concentration to really help you.

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DateJun 20, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
TopicBad ear mites
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I don’t have much money so I can’t afford the vet , my cat has ear mites bad to where she goes around and screams in pain you barley hear touch her ears and she Crys ?, what can I get? What can I do to help my baby

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Here is a direct link to our article about "How to treat ear mites" with a few over-the-counter options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/how-to-treat-ear-mites-cats-6.html It is ideal to see your veterinarian to be sure it is mites and not an ear infection (they are treated differently). Your veterinarian will also have pain meds and medication that they can apply just once (sometimes twice a week later if they are bad) to get rid of the mites and you won't have to put anything in her painful ears.

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DateJun 12, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
Topicear mites
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My german shepherd has ear mites.what is the best medicine to get rid of them!? Its really bad and i want my poor dog back to normal with healthy ears! I'm not even sure how he got them in the first place! Please help!!!

Answer:

Dogs rarely have ear mites - usually when they have ear issues, it is an infection, which won't respond to ear mite medications and they can make an ear infection worse and be unnecessarily painful, so it's ideal for your veterinarian to check him out and tell you which he has. This is very fast and easy. Zymox Otic may help an infection. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateJun 6, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
TopicEar mite
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Question:

I need the best ear mite medicine ASAP for my dog

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Dogs rarely have ear mites - usually when they have ear issues, it is an infection, which won't respond to ear mite medications and they can make an ear infection worse and be unnecessarily painful, so it's ideal for your veterinarian to check him out and tell you which he has. This is very fast and easy. Zymox Otic may help an infection. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateMay 30, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
Topicbunny itching
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Question:

I have 4.5 month holand loop.He is steady itching his ears (the left one more than the right) I bought some Hemeo Pet Skin and Itch Drops and put them in his water bottle, that did not help. He even wakes up while sleeping to itch. He was lived outside when i got him. He stays indoors now, i only have taken him outside bout 5x’s for bout 30 mins since i had him. I read some online bout ear mites and allergies. I am not seeing any fleas. What can i do to help him with this?

Answer:

I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your holland lop. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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DateMay 8, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
TopicEar mites symptoms
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I normally clean out my dogs ears every week but took a break because he had foxtail removed by a new vet clinic last week and I have to add ointment to his paw everyday. He has been antibiotics for that procedure (cephlaxin) and is shaking his head a lot especially at night. I got him to stop long enough to see crusty buildup. It doesn’t smell different than the other ear. I’m thinking since he’s already on antibiotics and it doesn’t smell that it is ear mites. Am I understanding the symptoms correctly? I began adding olive oil to his ear and it helped him plus we got a lot of gunk out. But his ear is incredibly inflamed. None of the vets can see him for 3 weeks and I don’t have much money to spend on him after the foxtail surgery for an ER visit.

Answer:

With ear infections, it is always ideal for your veterinarian to take a look down into his ear canal to be sure his ear drum is intact before squirting medication into it. If that isn't immediately an option, the ear drum is usually intact, so many owners choose to go ahead and try medication that will hopefully get him feeling better. Medication to try first: Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone - this is the best over-the-counter ear infection medication out there - make sure it is the one WITH hydrocortisone not without because it will work better. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+Enzymatic+Solution+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html

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DateApr 15, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
TopicEar mites
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Question:

Nikki has ear mites, we recently moved from Chicago to South Carolina and I can't seem to kill this. She is miserable! I seem to be able to clear them up, she is fine for a few weeks and they are back. She is shaking her head, itching and miserable. Help!

Answer:

I wish I knew if Nikki was a dog or a cat. Either way really, but more so for a dog: ear mites are VERY easy to get rid of, so if she is having recurrent ear issues it is probably an ear infection, which are treated entirely different. Ear infections secondary to allergies are most common but there are other possibilites, so seeing your local veterinarian for an exam is ideal at this point. If it is just ear mites they will have a quick one-time treatment that they can apply to get rid of them, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/MilbeMite+Otic+Solution-prod11966.html

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DateApr 4, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
TopicDark wax build up
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Question:

So I'm not for sure but I do think my cat, KitKat has mites in his ears. He is not a fan of touching or holding he gets very mean an I've been doing my best for him but it's been getting worse an with covid I haven't had much money. I bought drops for his ears he just won't let me put them in or anything. What should I do? Are there meds I can buy to help relax an calm him maybe.

Answer:

I would recommend just going ahead and seeing your veterinarian for 2 reasons: (1) it may be an ear infection which is treated entirely differently than mites (2) they should have a one-time treatment that they can administer like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/MilbeMite+Otic+Solution-prod11966.html

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DateMar 18, 2021
CategoryEar Mites
Pet Typenull
Topictreatment/homeremedy
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Question:

what is the best treatment for earmites in cat..i use VCO and otiderm for almost 3weeks but nothing happen and the earmites are always there..thanks ?

Answer:

At this point I would go ahead and see your veterinarian for a diagnosis - ear mites and ear infections are treated differently and treating for one when they have the other can make them worse.

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