Ear infections are all too common in cats. They can show up in any part of the ear canal and are often caused by allergies, parasites such as fleas or mites, foreign objects stuck in the ear, or environmental factors like extreme heat. They can also be the result of moisture in the ear, fur blockage, wax, fungus, yeast, buildup of dead skin cells, autoimmune disease, or a reaction to medication. Whatever the cause, it’s never a pleasant experience for your cat.
Fortunately, there are ways to treat an ear infection, and treatment will ultimately depend on the cause of the infection. The most common treatment is a combination of antibiotics and corticosteroids to fight bacterial growth and reduce pain and swelling. Other treatment options include:
- Fungicide medications to treat fungal or yeast infections
- Anti-parasitic medications to treat parasites
- Supplements or natural products to relieve inflammation or itching
- Surgery in the case of an ear tumor
Ear Infection Medications for Cats
Depending on the cause of your cat’s ear infection, your veterinarian may prescribe one of the following pet medications:
Tresaderm is a topical antibiotic solution used to treat bacterial or fungal ear and skin infections in dogs and cats. Tresaderm works to inhibit the growth of bacterial strains while relieving inflammation.
Amoxicillin is a commonly prescribed antibiotic used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections in dogs and cats. It is available in pill or drop form.
Baytril Otic is a broad-spectrum antibacterial solution commonly used to treat fungal and bacterial ear infections in dogs and cats. Baytril Otic kills or inhibits the growth of harmful fungus, bacteria, or protozoans. It also reduces pain and inflammation in the ear while your cat heals.
Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial or other infections caused by microorganisms. It is commonly used to treat infections of the mouth, dental disease, bone infections, and serious wounds, but it is also effective for ear infections.
- Prednisone (Delta-Cortef, Prednis-Tab, Meticorten, Solu-Delta-Cortef, Steriso, Cortisate-20)
Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid medication used to treat a wide variety of autoimmune diseases. It is commonly used to relieve the itching and inflammation associated with allergies, skin conditions, inflammatory eye conditions, arthritis, and external ear infections.
Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Solution is an anti-inflammatory and corticosteroid used to treat steroid responsive inflammatory conditions of the eyes and ears. It works to inhibit inappropriate immune responses and reduce the inflammation, burning, and redness often seen with ear infections.
Neo-Predef is a combination antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and topical anaesthetic powder. This potent, triple-action formula works to destroy or inhibit organisms that are causing a skin or ear infection while delivering soothing relief for symptoms such as itchiness, swelling, and inflammation.
TriTop is a topical anesthetic ointment with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to treating bacterial skin or ear infections, it is also effective as a dressing medication for minor cuts, burns, and post-operative wounds. This soothing ointment can be used short-term or long-term -- always follow the directions provided by your veterinarian.
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