My cat is 4 years old. He has one ear that is red and has numerous small dried blood spots around the base of the inside of the ear. Along the sides looks like ear wax. His other ear looks ok. My mom says after the puts on the flea medicine, these things show up. He usually itches that ear as well. His other ear is ok. What could be causing this?
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 4
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Well, cats can get ear infections no different than dogs. In addition, if you are using one of the cheap flea products, especially Hartz or Sargeant's, I see many hypersensitivity reactions to the products.
What you are describing sounds consistent with otitis externa (an ear infection).
This is usually caused by a bacterial and/or yeast infection. Ear mites tend to be more common in puppies/kittens or pets that remain outdoors.
Otitis Externa in Cats
Over-the-counter treatments for ear infections. None of the below therapies, alone, are recommended in the treatment of an active bacterial or yeast infection. These are my best suggestions:
Ear cleaner recommendations:
TrizEDTA: A ear flush specifically designed to work with antibacterial ear medications to help kill bacteria:
Douxo Micellar Cleaner
Ideally, the following would be done at your veterinarian:
Epi-Otic “Advanced” Cleaner
1. Examination of the ear canal
3. If the ear canal is dirty and not excessively painful, a deep ear flushing
6. If there is substantial bacteria identified on the cytology, an oral antibiotic should be prescribed
5. If there is substantial inflammation/swelling, a steroid injection or oral medication is prescribed
2. Ear Cytology
4. A prescription for a ear medication and ear flush is sent home
Now, I provided the above info, just in case your vet thinks it is an ear infection, so you would know what to expect.
Even though i mentioned some products above, do not go out and buy any.
I am very suspicious this is actually some type of allergic reaction, so the treatment by the vet may be different.
It may include a short acting steroid shot, as well as, starting some antihistamines to get it resolved.
Also, make sure to bring this flea product to the vet so they can see what it is...
Certainly, don't use it again, at this point.
Hope that info helps
I have an appt with the vet on Monday, and I just want to make sure it can wait until then. My mom had picked at the scabs a couple days ago and went away. Now they are back. His ear is sort of warm to the touch but not as much as the other ear.
Well, I am concerned about the warmth of ear and that the spots are back.
This ear may be a bit uncomfortable, so not so confident waiting another 2 days is advised. It's the best interpretation I can give from here.
If you still decide to wait until Monday, I would not put anything in the ear.
You could give a 1/4 tablet of benadryl 25mg antihistamine. Might help a little if an allergic reaction.
If there is something I have not covered for you, please let me know.
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