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DateJun 29, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeCat
Topicelderly cat with kidney issues and ear mite issue developing
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Question:

I have a cat who is over twenty years old ...in relatively good shape but has CKD. Now he is developing ear mite issues and i am hesitant to use insecticide ear drops of things like frontline plus. please advise

Answer:

I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check him out - at his age, it is more than likely an infection not mites and the 2 are treated entirely differently so you need to know which to treat.

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DateMar 28, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar mite treatment
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Question:

Can I use the same ear mite treatment On my dog and cat both?

Answer:

It totally depends on what kind of medication you are using - check the label to see if it is labeled for dogs and cats. Most are labeled for both, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

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DateMar 18, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeCat
TopicHow to treat
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Question:

I have a ranch cat that I think has ear mites.he has black gunk in both ears and shakes his head ad scratches his ears. It has been going on for a couple weeks. I can't take him to the vet because it would be very traumatic for him. What can I do for him?

Answer:

It is really ideal for your veterinarian to make sure his ear drum is intact before squirting anything into the ear. They can also rule out an infection as the cause, which would be treated entirely different. If that just isn't an option at all, this is a good over-the-counter option for ear mites: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

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DateMar 8, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeDog
TopicGetting rid of ear mites
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Question:

What can be used.

Answer:

There are many options (both over-the-counter and prescription) - here is an over-the-counter option: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

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DateMar 6, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeCat
TopicAnti-fungal ? or ear mite ?
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My cat has a definite ear problem and I am unsure if it is an ear infection or caused by ear mites.. I cannot afford to take him to the vet and was going to purchase a product but was unsure what to buy do I have to buy two products?

Answer:

It is impossible to tell ear mites from an infection, so yes, but it's often not good to treat for one when it's the other, so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. Playing the odds: if your cat is older and/or it's one ear, it's probably an infection or if your cat is younger and/or it's both ears, ear mites tend to be more common.

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DateMar 6, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeDog
TopicEar mites
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Question:

Hello, what can I order my 8 week old puppy for ear mites

Answer:

Be sure you are treating mites and not an infection first, but there are a lot of options for treatment, like this Eradimite: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Eradimite+Ear+Mite+Treatment-prod3311.html

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DateFeb 18, 2022
CategoryEar Mites
Pet TypeDog
TopicPit/lab 13
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Question:

Butter keeps shaking his head back n forth And when I holler his name he can't hear me

Answer:

I would really need to examine him and get a LOT more history to really help you with this. You filed this under "ear mites" and while that is possible, an ear infection is much more probable - treating for the wrong one can make his ears a lot worse, so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment if it continues or worsens.

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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?

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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.

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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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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?

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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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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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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?..

Answer:

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

Answer:

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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