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1/13/12 5:43 P

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Edited: OOPS didn't realize this was such an old thread!

My cat has this issue. A vet recommended Epi Otic ear cleaner to prevent reinfection applied twice a week.

Epi-Otic ADVANCED Ear Cleanser is for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. It's a non-irritating ear cleanser formulated with anti-adhesive properties to prevent microbial attachment. Also features a patented anti-odor technology eliminating ear canal odor. Active ingredient salicylic acid 0.2%.


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3/21/11 8:08 P

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thank you stitch! I will try that too!

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3/21/11 5:12 P

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Yes Pau d'arco can be bought in a health food store. It's the same tincture as for humans. Below in my first response I gave you the directions of how to mix it and how often to use it.
Hope this works. By the sound of it if the vinegar worked then it probably is a yeast infection. You may want to change you cat food to one with less grains in it and one that is more natural like Blue.

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3/21/11 3:20 P

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Hi everyone! I know its been awhile, but I'm just checking in with an update and some follow-up questions. Unfortunately, ms diva's ear hasn't gotten any better. I tried the vinegar solution for awhile, and it seemed to work, but as soon as I stopped the infection returned.
I would like to try the pau d'arco. Does anyone know where I might buy this? Is it the same stuff that is available through the health food stores or is it different for cats? Is there anywhere I can find more information on its use?
Thanks again for your help!

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12/16/10 5:45 P

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Hoping your kitty gets well, soon.

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12/16/10 8:31 A

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I wish I had suggestions for you. I hope your kitty gets better!

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12/15/10 8:12 P

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The major 3 causes of ear infection is either bacterial,fungal (yeast), or ear mites. Do you remember what it was or not. Perhaps you can call the vet and just get some meds without going back in. Less costly . or you can try natural cures that I have used before. When a brownish-pink wax fills the ear canal of your cat, chances are they are suffering a yeast infection that requires a thorough cleaning. Diluted white vinegar helps revitalize the chemical balance in the ears by removing unwanted dirt and debris. It is suggested to pour a small amount into the ear canal, massaging the area before gently wiping the inside of the ear using a cotton ball. Using vinegar is a once-a-day treatment that continues until the ear becomes better.

An herb called pau d' arco is an inner bark natural cure for cat's ear infection. This organic antibiotic works fast to eliminate fungi and bacteria. At the first sign of cat ear infection, mix equal parts of pau d' arco tincture with mineral oil and place several drops into the ears of your cat. For a couple of days, the treatment is given two to three times per day. I also put a drop or two of just the pau d' arco in my cats water to help heal from the inside.

When ear mites are the source of a cat ear infection, consider putting a few drops of almond oil or olive oil in each ear, which kills mites and allows the infection to gradually heal. This particular regimen is necessary for three to four weeks using three to seven drops of oil each day. Sulphur tablets are also considered a well known anti-parasitic used to treat ear mites in cats.
I hope this helps you. Let me know how things turn out for your kittie.



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12/15/10 6:54 P

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Is there any possibility it might be allergies? I have a friend whose cat is allergic to fish and many cat food have fish in them.

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I wish I had a solution for you but I don't. Vet fees are so costly and I often wonder what I'd do if BOO!, the 3-year old love of my life, were to get sick now that I'm on a fixed income.

I haven't looked into it yet but I'm told that Animal Insurance is definitely worth it and it's not too costly. It doesn't cover everything, depending on the amount of coverage you purchase, but it pays for some of the costs.

You might also look into comparing your Vet fees with the Humane Society. I've used them in the past and while they do charge you, the fee isn't as much as the Vet and you use your charge.

Good luck to you and your kitty. I'll keep you in my prayers.



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12/15/10 5:16 P

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My sweet kitty has a chronic ear infection. I have taken her to the vet multiple times. The last time, they found a growth which they think was actually caused by the infection, not the other way around. Luckily, the growth was not cancerous. They gave me medication for her pain from having it removed, medication to sooth the itching, and later a medication for the infection. It cleared up for awhile but now it is back.
Unfortunately, I can't afford to take her to the vet again for awhile. (The last visit, between having the growth removed and sent to the lab, the anesthesia, and all the medication, it cost well over $1000. The only reason I had the money at the time was because I had just worked a bunch of overtime, which is no longer available at my job)
I have been cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide, but that isn't clearing up the issue. Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this or some kind of solution? I feel awful because it is obviously bothering her but I don't know what to do.

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