PetMeds® Diagnosing Pets with Chronic Ear Infections

PetMeds® Diagnosing Pets with Chronic Ear Infections

For pets that have chronic ear issues it is important to see your veterinarian to help sort out the many potential underlying causes of this frustrating condition. As discussed in previous blogs, chronic ear issues are most commonly due to pre-existing allergic skin disease, sometimes affecting other areas of the body as well. Most commonly these are due to inhalant/contact allergies and/or food allergies. In dogs with floppy ears like […]

PetMeds® My Dog Has Red Ears – Is It An Ear Infection?

PetMeds® My Dog Has Red Ears – Is It An Ear Infection?

Ear disease is one of the most common presentations in the veterinary clinic. The rest of the skin and coat may or may not be involved in the ear condition. Pets with ear disease can often present with red itchy ears with varying amounts of discharge, odor and sensitivity, with one or both ears involved. The most common cause of red ears is underlying allergies, either to inhalant/contact allergies and/or […]

PetMeds® Ear Hematomas in Pets

One of the more common secondary ear issues seen in veterinary medicine is the development of what is known an ear hematoma in pets, which is often secondary to chronic irritation, ear itching or shaking of the head. Ear hematomas are actual collections of blood in the cartilage flap of the ear due to often these self inflicted traumas. On rare occasions they can form spontaneously without any ear itching […]

PetMeds® Topical Antibiotic Pet meds for Chronic Ear Problems

PetMeds® Topical Antibiotic Pet meds for Chronic Ear Problems

One of the more common questions presented in skin cases, is why their pet itches their ears so much even while on topical antibiotics, and the problem keeps recurring, as well as the over and over again veterinary office visits and costs. Recurrent ear inflammation with secondary ear itching, head shaking and increased wax, odor and discharge are often the signs of a secondary yeast or bacterial ear infection.  And […]

Treating dogs with ear hematomas

Treating dogs with ear hematomas

One of the more common ear questions I get over the many years of answering pet questions, particularly in dogs, is when animal guardians report a swelling of one or more outer ear flaps in their dogs, and less frequently in cats. The history on such cases can be variable, from pets with a history of ear infections and shaking their heads and itching their ears a lot, to pets […]

Zymox Otic ear medication

Zymox Otic ear medication

As a veterinarian I am always looking for natural alternatives and years ago I was drawn to Zymox, especially given the concern of overuse of antibiotics and the development of bacterial resistance to commonly prescribed oral and topical medications. Most ear infections may usually be a secondary manifestation of underlying allergies. And given how common ear infections are in our dogs and cats today, the cost involved in needing a prescription […]