How long to treat ear mites in cats
We have another cat in house but vet recommended keeping kitten sequestered for a week in separate room to reduce chances of our other cat getting mites. Terri September 06, at Lizz May 29, at
How this is done depends on the amount an nature of the debris. Sometimes it is as simple as filling the ears with some mineral oil and massaging it deep, then letting the dog shake out the stuff. Sometimes it requires more sophisticated cleaning agents and flushing, and even suctioning out the ears. The ears need to be pretty clean, or the medicine can't get to the skin and the mites and their tunnels. Once the ears are clean, I like to use the Tresadrem once daily for 10 days. This should kill the newly hatched mites as they come out, relieve the inflammation in the ear canal, and clear up any secondary yeast infection very common with mites.
If Revolution or AdvantageMulti have been applied, that will really help with follow-up, but not so great for initial treatment. Doc March 08, at One more thing I've noticed is that after I applied Revolution, my cats have stop scratching their ears and shaking heads, except when I applied the cleaning solution, but I guess that's because they want to take off the liquid inside.
Nuria May 18, at Hi, my name is Nuria. Looks like my first message disappeared from the web!
Well, my question is: I have two cats infested with ear mites. One was infested long than one month ago and started being treated one how ago. The little one was infested by the first one and start being treated at the same time. I went first to the vet and he made the diagnose for ear mites then gave me Oridermyl to put in my cat's cats for one week. After one week, it didn't get better, and as I read the instructions and searched on line I realised that the medicine should be applied for 21 days, so I did.
After that time, still didn't get better, so I search on line again for better medicines. I live in China, and vets are not particularly reliable here, so I decided to try myself. The only recommended treat I could find here is Revolution no tresaderm or milbemite anywhere so I bought it. I applied it to them one week ago, and it seems like now they don't shake heads or scratch their ears anymore, but still they have a lot of dirt coming out from their ears. At the beginning, big, round and dry grounds, now just wet flat pieces, bigger and smaller, and what appears to be dead mites, together with a lot of brown wax.
I clean every day and everyday seems to be the same amount of dirt there was the day before. How long is going to take to eliminate the dirt from their ears? Seems to be a bit better than before, and less painful for them, but I'm still afraid there is something wrong ear that's why it doesn't really get clean. Are the mites really dead or not? It is possible all that mite was accumulating there for so long time and just need to get it out or it is new dirt?
Ear Mites Treatment for Dogs and Cats
Because it's really a lot! Should I apply a second dose of Revolution after one month of after 21 days, to avoid eggs for opening?
If the second dose cannot get rid of the mites, what can I do? I wish I could find a good vet and the proper medicines here, but I'm afraid it's going to be difficult: Nuria May 19, at Massage this thoroughly for 5 to 10 seconds and let the cat shake out the debris on his own. I would do this daily for several days, at which time, the amount of debris present should be minimal. I would repeat the Revolution at 2-week intervals. The Revolution is absorbed into the skin, circulates in the bloodstream which is when it kills baby heartworms and does the deworming.
Then it is excreted from the body in the skin oils, including the ear wax. Removing the excess debris from the ear will reduce the amount of work the Revolution has to do.
It would not achieve any concentration in all the wax and crust, only in the newly produced wax at the skin surface.Ear Mites in Cats: All You Need to Know
Doc May 20, at Thank you very much! That is the method I was using to clean them, as I read in previous treat that should be done like this and it really works! I'll try applying Revolution at two week time after the first dose and see what happens. I hope it will work! Nuria May 21, at Hi, I recently ear a kitten and learned the next day when I took her to the vet that she had ear mites. The vet cleaned her ears in the office and gave her the long treatment of tresaderm. I asked her if I would need to clean the ears while giving my kitten the medication and she said I shouldn't have too.
She said to give the tresaderm twice daily every 12 hrs for 7 days then cat daily for 14 days. This is the last day of the first seven days and my kitten is still scratching. I also have another 5 year old cat that I have been treating because she has been in contact with the kitten.
I have noticed that she is scratching her ears as well. Also, tonight when I gave the mite the tresaderm, there was red on the tip of the bottle when taking it out of her ear, but when I looked in her ear I didn't see any noticible bleeding; however, here was dark brown kind of dark red specks.
Would this be dried blood? Her ears don't appear how be red like he medication is irritating them. How long does it take for he meds to work? Sorry for all the questions, I just worry because you just never know!
Chelsey December 06, at Tresaderm is my preferred product for treating ear mites. I would not expect it to cause irritation. It contains some cortisone, so should actually help calm down any irritation. Ordinarily, if the ears are cleaned thoroughly when you start, additional cleaning is not necessary. Sometimes it may be.
If the kitten is not doing well, I would certainly ask your veterinarian to take another look at it. If the two cats had been in contact for some time, then the other cat could certainly have become infected.
All cats in direct contact should be treated for the ear mites.
Ear Mites in Cats
I find that I usually get best results when I treat daily for 10 days mite eggs hatch out 10 days after they are laid, so I want to catch all the new ones. I also like to give a single treatment on day 20 and day 30, in case there are any late hatching eggs. If the cats are not responding to treatment as expected, then they really need to be re-examined by your veterinarian. Doc December 07, at I do a lot of research whenever my cat or dog has health issues.
We are faithful visitors to our vet. Your site by far is the Best and Most Informative I have ever come across. Poor guy is deaf also. Nancy Mascarenhas September 09, at Hello, Nancy, Thank you for your kind words. I wish there were a simple answer for these polyps. Regular cleaning sometimes helps to clear the debris that the polyps either produce or keep from being eliminated in the normal fashion. There are some veterinary surgeons who ear equipped to use a laser through a video otoscope, and this can be successful. Conventional mite is very tough, often requiring the surgical removal of the entire ear canal total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy, TECABO.
This is a radical surgery. Doc September 10, at Hi there, great blog! I wonder if you can help me with something a little different, I have 7 dogs I want to treat, they dont have infection but their ears seem to be itchy Zelne September 12, at If these dogs are truly freaking out when you get near their ears, I would be concerned that they are painful, and not just itchy.
I wouldn't expect all 7 dogs to have an ear infection, while mites could definitely affect the whole crew. The only way to know for a fact it is ear mites is that they have had a cat otoscopic exam by your long and they have had an ear swab checked under the microscope. If they are really that freaked out, you may have to ask your veterinarian to give you a treat for them. Milbemite Otic costs more than over-the-counter insecticide drops, but it's a one-time treatment. That's what I'd be going for. How there is also ear infection and inflammation, I prefer daily treatment with Tresaderm.
Doc September 12, at My kitten had earmites when we took him to get neutered and the vet gave me some Tresaderm to treat them.
Since the neutering, he's been sleeping a lot more than usual. Is this because of the neutering or the Tresaderm? Roger Racine September 15, at Hello, Roger, I would not expect this to be the result of the Tresaderm.
I also wouldn't expect it after the neutering. Sometimes we send home pain medication that can make them drowsy. Doc September 16, at My cat newly adopted stray has ear mites, the vet prescribed cleaning followed by surolan for 3 weeks, we had already started Advocate spot on.
However the mites persisted so yet another 3 weeks of surolan. Again no luck so we tried frontline spot on and in ears much less scratching, little head shaking and scratching persisted when ears were touched.
I took her back to the vet saw a different one she has given stronghold revolutionwhich I applied yesterday. She suggested stronghold and regular cleaning, which I'm doing.Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs: Natural Solutions
Also my other cat 11 years old, doesn't have mites according to the vet why is this if they are so contagious? I have given her stronghold instead of her usual Advocate just in case! I also worry about the amount of strong stuff the stray has had over the past 5 months. Eva December 12, at Stronghold selamectin is secreted in the ear wax, and is a good preventive for ear mites. I don't find that it will usually clear an active infection of ear mites.
The moxidectin in Advocate would certainly kill ear mites if it reached them, but I don't believe it gets secreted in the ear wax. I find that I have good results with Tresaderm. The thiabendazole in it usually kills the ear mites without difficulty. Doc December 12, at Can you tell me if I can by Tresaderm without a prescription I have been back and forth to the vets so many times now!
The only thing that strikes me in the history you have given me is that there doesn't seem to be anything to kill mites applied directly into the ear canal. I have usually found this to be a necessary part of the treatment. Thank you for your suggestions, and for responding so quickly. I will go back to the vet and request tresaderm.
All of our seven cats got chiggers this fall. We were give a pyrethrin medicine, ADL brand, from the vet and treated them as prescribed. We were cleaning the ears prior to treatment as instructed. It worked on one of the younger cats, but the other cat, perhaps being older, took to her bed and became lethargic, hair loss on stomach, feet and claws became infected.
She still shook her head occasionally as if the bugs were still thereand when walking would shake her legs as if to get off a sticky paper or water. She had blood work done for thyroid and kidneys, which came out normal.
She was previously a healthy active cat with no issues. Vet put her on antibiotics and prednisone, which seem to help a bit, but she still went downhill, lost much more hair — stomach almost bald, and rarely got out of bed.
She eventually was put to sleep.
If not for the antibiotic and prednisone, she probably would have been gone much sooner. The other cats got rid of their bugs, they had chiggers two years previously, usually got ear mites, and the treatments worked.
This is the first time we tried Milbemite. Also, although the two meds were not given at exactly the same time, could ear have been an overlapping effect? Both the drugs are neurotoxins, esp. I realize that she was 14 mites old, but a very healthy one as I said.
The vet had no cats, unless I wanted to get a biopsy, which was not a good idea due to her rapidly declining health. Maybe it was her immune system. Whatever it was, it was NO coincidence. The Milbemite Otic pretty much just sits in the ear. It's in a vehicle that allows it to work its way into the ear mite tunnels and kill the eggs. It is unlikely to get into the treat, though. That being said, we have seen a patient that developed vomiting problems and a very bad skin eruption after treatment with Advantage II, when she tolerated plain Advantage just fine.
Doc January 12, at My cat has a bad case of ear mites. My vet gave me Tresaderm and told me 10 drops in each ear daily until the bottle is gone. However I have two questions.
He long said anything about cleaning her ears so is that something I should do? I just started today and am bringing her back in 2 weeks, but he didn't say anything about reapplying it or give me anything for the rest of the body. Should I be concerned or bring this up? Joshua January 15, at If your doctor didn't feel that the ears needed to be cleaned, there may not have been a lot of debris in there.
Be sure how put the medicine in as deep as you can, and massage the ear canal to work it down inside. Hold on to the ear while you are doing it so that she doesn't shake it out before you get it worked down in there.
If you use Revolution, that would treat the whole body, and take care of late hatchers the ear mites lay eggs in their tunnels in the ear canal lining. I like to treat for a full ten days, since the eggs hatch out about 10 days after they are laid. Doc January 16, at So I have a kitten who is four months old and a cat who is adopted and when I took the kitten in for shots they found ear mites. Gave me a cleaning solution and her ears are all clearing up nicely. However my adult cat went in yesterday and got his ears flushed how.
And I can see debris in his ear. The vet didn't give me any long solution for his ears or comment any further. He also is so angry he won't let me at his ears. Is the cat anything I need to be concerned treat Ashley January 20, at If the infected kitten ear in direct contact with the older cat for any length of time, it is possible that the older cat has become infected with ear mites. I would ask your veterinarian if treatment to kill the mites has been prescribed. There is a one-dose treatment called Milbemite Otic, and you don't have to clean the ears before you apply it.
Revolution and Advantage Multi NOT mite Advatage will usually prevent ear mite infestation when used regularly each month. You should give your veterinarian this feedback on what you are seeing, and ask what was done, and what still needs to be done.
Treating ear mites brings your pet immense relief from the irritation of having an 8-legged mite crawling and reproducing in their ears. Not only can your pet hear the mite and feel it moving, but your pet is also in pain because mites cause itching, inflammation, and secondary bacterial infection. In addition, Advantage Multi and Revolution are prescription medications applied to the skin on the back that treats ear mites as well as heartworm, fleas, and some intestinal worms. Work with your veterinarian who will advise you on how often to use ear mite medication so that you don't over use it.
Product solutions and liquids can kill ear mites only when the medication reaches the ear mite. To help the products work effectively you how need to remove the discharge and debris in your pet's ears. Removal is best done using a cotton swab with a rolling lifting motion. Discard the cotton swabs as soon as they pick up some debris so the material doesn't fall off the swab and back into the ear. Plan on using at least a dozen swabs. Ear mites are tiny, crab-like parasites that invade the outer ears and ear canals of cats.
There are many different types, but the most common is Otodectes Cynotis, which is found in approximately 90 percent of all feline ear mite infestations. A trip to the vet will be necessary to confirm the treat. If long, an ear mite infestation can become severe and lead to partial or complete hearing loss for your cat. Ear mites are also terribly uncomfortable for your cat. The ear you can get this situation treated, the happier and healthier your cat will be.
Ear mites on cats are not just found in the ears. There is also a possibility that, during healing, the owner will need to gently clear the cat's ears of debris.
Ear Mites (Otodectes cynotis) and How they Affect Cats
This will mean how recovery for the cat as well as increased comfort. Most cats long allow their owner to clean out their ears with a cotton swab and gentle ear cleanser, but depending on the cat and the severity of buildup, a veterinarian's assistance may be required. Until ear end of treatment, it is important to mite an infected cat away from other animals as much as possible. Due to the highly contagious nature of ear mites, spreading the infection is likely if the infected cat is around uninfected pets. For each of these treatment options, the cat will typically feel relief within the first day or two.
That said, it is important to finish any treatments completely to ensure that the ear mites are removed entirely. We just finished treating our kitten for earmites mites. After treatment finished I cleaned the cats face and ears to remove excess treat. I noticed bald patches on the back of each ear and some flaking. Is this from the excessive scratching from the ear mites?
Skin doesn't look red, it's pinkish and not inflamed. It is possible that the hair loss is due to scratching of the ears due to the mites; other possible causes such as allergies, other parasitic mites or infections may also be culprits.
Keep an eye on the ears and if the hair loss continues, visit your Veterinarian for skin scrapes etc… to determine the possible cause. Menu Become a Walker Home.