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My 9 week old puppy appears to have ear mites. All of the

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My 9 week old puppy appears to have ear mites. All of the treatments say "do not use on puppy younger than 12 weeks". Can I use the medication anyway?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I would be very hesitant to use an ear mite medication without a diagnosis in a puppy this young. Ear mites are very uncommon in puppies and more common in kittens. He is at higher risk of having a yeast infection than ear mites and since ear mite medication over the counter tend to be oil based it can exacerbate a yeast infection if medications are used without a diagnosis

I would begin with using white vinegar and water combination 50/50 and cotton balls to clean the ears out well (no q-tips!) and continue this every other day along with benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8-12 hours to control the itch until your veterinarian opens on Tuesday to diagnose the cause and begin appropriate treatment, and if it is ear mites one that is safe in a puppy that is his age. If it is ear mites there are actually topical medication (prescription) that can be applied to his skin that is effective agains ear mites!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Good morning, I thought I would check in on you both to see if you have any additional questions I can assist with today? Have you tried cleaning the ears since you asked the question? Is your new addition more comfortable?

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
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