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suzanne martucci | 12 months ago
I Am Helping Someone Who Rescued A Young Female Stray Cat A Few Weeks Ago…

I am helping someone who rescued a young female stray cat a few weeks ago. No microchip. The plan is to get her vetted and adopted. She tested positive for ear mites , & tapeworms. She has had 2 applications of Revolution , 2 weeks apart, per vet instructions. She had an ear hematoma that the vet drained and sutured. The vet gave her virbantel dewormer tablet , and she is now due for her second dose, the info with this product states it is for dogs and puppies only. She didn’t get that 2nd dose, will consult with vet about it – recheck visit tomorrow. My question is about the virbantel tablet, is it safe for use on cats? What are the risks ? She has had other symptoms that we thought were unrelated , now I am wondering if the 1st dose she received at the vet had some side effects. Also she was shaved to check for a spay scar, I attached photo. Looks like there were two incisions. Any thoughts and or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hello,
If you are under the care of a veterinarian then please forward these questions to them. It is not possible for us to answer what is it is not safe for your pet as we don’t know anything about their current health status or history. These are obtained during a physical examination with your veterinarian.

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Teresa Hamrick | 1 year ago
My 1 1/2 Yr Old Cat Has Bumps On The Outside Of His Ears And…

My 1 1/2 yr old cat has bumps on the outside of his ears and his nose. He has been checked for ear mites – none. They seem to be aggravated by the heat. I have put Neosporen on them and it helps for a little white. What else might I try?

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Hi? Did your vet run any tests to see what they might be? Do they think it is an allergic reaction? Or did they do a skin scrape to see if they could determine a possible cause? I wouldn’t try using anything until I had a better idea of what the cause might be.

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Hello,
This could be so many things. Like fly strike, fleas, allergies, or even skin cancer (to name a few). I’m sorry but we can’t offer a treatment option until your vet helps you understand what the cause might be. And even then you would have to get the medications from your vet. We are an advisory community. We cannot diagnose nor treat. Please see your vet. Manybe it’s something easy and treatable?

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Marshmallow The Rabbit | 2 years ago
My Rabbit Keeps Scratching Her Ears With Her Back Leg And Shaking Her Head. However…

My rabbit keeps scratching her ears with her back leg and shaking her head. However, she doesn’t have scabs and her ear seems clean so it can’t be ear mites. What’s wrong with her?

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Every pet can have ectoparasites that cause itching. They can also have allergies, or even infection or disease. My point is hat there are a lot of pops left causes to an itch. Only a vet or rabbit expert can help rule out one versus the other. If the itching persists please see a vet or see if there is a local rabbit rescue or club that might be able to help.

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Kayla Tibbs | 2 years ago
Ok So I’m Not Sure If My Dog Had Ear Mites Or Not. He Had…

Ok so I’m not sure if my dog had ear mites or not. He had a spot on his ear a scab nothing serious Sunday I noticed. Then Monday night I come home from work and his ear looks wet from I guess puss his ear is now looks like he cut the scabs open with his nails from scratching and his ear is red and oozing kinda. He is shaking his head every couple mins and is kinda walking with that side of his head tilted. I don’t have alot of money and would like to avoid a trip to the vet if possible. But I don’t know what to do. I have cleaned his ear to the best of my ability with peroxide and put Neosporin on it he now has a cone on to not allow him to itch it but idk if that’s enough.

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Good morning?That looks pretty bad, sorry. Puss is always a sign of infection. Your vet will probably want to put your buddy on antibiotics and possibly give you solution to clean out the ear. I cannot say whether it is actually ear mites, but I don’t believe they are common in dogs- more often found in cats I think. I know money is tight, but perhaps you can speak to the vet and ask for the least expensive option and explain your situation. Best of luck!

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Tyler King | 2 years ago
Hello, My Cat Has Ear Hematoma Due To The Poor Care It Received From Its…

Hello, my cat has ear hematoma due to the poor care it received from its last owner. I happen to know it was well cared for after that owner by others for a short time, and that it is due to mites, not a reocurrIng issue. However I cannot afford to take my cat into the vet repeatedly to hopefully solve the issue.. Are there any at home treatments I can do to help my furry friend relieve his ear??

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It may resolve on its own? However, since this cat is new to you, I would still go to the vet to have a first checkup and make sure everything is up to date, up to speed and generally in good standing with kitty. Plus it is avoid way to establish the new patient/doctor relationship.

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Shellie Whipple | 2 years ago
Hi, My 14 Yr Old Cat Has Gone From Having One Ear Haemetona A Week…

Hi, my 14 yr old cat has gone from having one ear haemetona a week ago to now both ears have it. He doesn’t have mites, and the vet gave him oral antibiotics and ear cream a week ago. What can I do to make him more comfy while he heals? Doctor said we colud lance them but that can be problematic? He’s still eating and drinking but currently hiding in a pile of boxes.

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Hello, I have many of these cases. The best way to treat this condition is to figure out what is causing the hematomas. If your cat is shaking his head you need to identify why? It can be parasites, fleas, mites, infection or even allergies. You have to stop the trauma to the ears (head shaking, scratching, etc) or the hematoma won’t resolve or will return. With cats I usually do other through-and-through sutures or drain them and inject a steroid. I have never let them try to heal on their own. I find the cat remains uncomfortable and the… Read more »

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Brianna Mollica | 2 years ago
We Had Picked Up Two Half Bengal Kittens For Free A Day After Christmas. They…

We had picked up two half bengal kittens for free a day after Christmas. They are adorable. However they were infested other fleas and their ears are dirty no mater how many times I clean them. I think they have ear mites.

I have a one year old tabby cat who we adopted from the vet. However one of the kittens has scratched him 4 times on the face.

His fur has gone where the scratch is and bald.

His scratch has completely healed. There is no bump or pus. They don’t hurt him when touched them as I have washed the wound and put Betadine on the wound.

How long until his hair grows back. My partner and I have decided to give the kittens to our vet hospital, were they can give the kittens the treatment they need.

Just again. How long till my cats hair grows back and what do I need to look out for?

Thank you

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Has your cat been seen by your vet? Those spots look more like ringworm than a scratch to me. Please get him checked.

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I completely agree. Your cat should go to the vet…

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Circles are very strange shapes for normal kitten scratches. I would ask the vet those questions, though…

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I’m pretty sure that is ringworm. Disinfect everything the pets have come in contact with and be careful. Ringworm is super contagious and It can easily spread to humans and other pets. Don’t be alarmed it is a fungal infection and it has limited side effects besides the circles but it spreads really easy.

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Paw Mama | 2 years ago
I Have A Mystery Condition That Causes Cat To Violently Scratch At His Face Constantly…

I have a mystery condition that causes cat to violently scratch at his face constantly. He lives in a cone because once removed he scratches violently. He only scratches at two spots. has been treated for fleas/ticks/mites. Skin was UV light tested. X-rays done when a mass popped up behind his ear. Not ear mites. No infections. Eyes were tested. Awaiting biopsy of a mass (removed)behind his ear & lesion under his tongue. Constant head shaking in that Cone has caused an aural hematoma. Vet is mystified!

A few questions. Can I give my cat metacam and trazodone together ? They were prescribed separate times to treat his destructive scratching at his head and face. We’ve since removed a mass behind his ear and taken biopsy of 3 other lesions. One under his tongue. He has been treated for mites and fleas etc. X-rays and UV testing. He has lived in the cone of shame for about 5 months now. He scratches like mad within seconds of removing it. A bloody mess everytime it heals. It is very localized which makes it hard to be (food)allergies?
He just had surgery to fix the aural hematoma caused by his violent head shaking and cone scratching. (No ear mites either)

So he is in an extreme amount of discomfort. He was given a 2 week injection of antibiotic and sent home with metacam. However. The ear now seems very inflamed. It is stitched down to a piece of surgical ‘plastic’ to keep from refilling I think? He is trying to scratch at it so much. He had caused a severe infection in his back toe from scratching at that cone so intensely. It will need amputation.

It is like taking apart an engine. We are awaiting the biopsy results but until then his poor surgery site seems so uncomfortable.
I’m not sure if I should clean it? His head shaking still causes the ears to tap at the cone edges causing such tenderness the poor guy needs to be so sedated to get rest.
Any advice is great advice! Thanking you in advance.

Symptoms started after he started going outside for the first time, one small wound turned into his face being scratched off. so I got him his first set of shots and an antibiotic injection. Medications tried include: numerous antibiotic injections, metacam, trazodone/tramadol for sedating effects to stop scratching. Cyproheptedine. Advantix/flea tick and mite treatment. His X-rays revealed nothing other than an elongated heart. I had his brother who died suddenly at 15 weeks (heart attack?)

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*** update ~vet visit for biopsy results **^

Hello and Thanks so much for your advice! I saw my vet today for the results. Also because My cat has continued to shake his post surgery ear which split the tip open. Healing post-hematoma has been botched. So they will be removing the ear flap and cauterizing the edges.
As for the biopsies I’ll summarize point form the microscopic interpretations.

Skin: ulcerative dermatitis, pleocellular with eosinophils, low grade to moderate with granulation tissue proliferation with superficial bacteria.

Tongue : ulcerative glossitis, eosinophilic rich with collagenolysis.

Mass from behind bottom of ear: hyperplastic/reactive, draining lymph node.

So basically what he said was its food allergy or an external (who knows what) allergy.
However in the report it noted that these types of allergies usually respond to corticosteroids. He was given about 3 cortisone injections which did nothing.
So at this point we try the vet diet like you recommended.
He will be sent home with prednisone for the recovery of his ear once again.
So basically what we face is should we try the blood test 300$ to narrow allergens down?? Or do we try vet diet first. (I’ve gone into debt with these bills )
The most pressing issue is how to calm the scratching at his cone, head and ear shaking. It is constant. To the point where he doesn’t stop unless we snugly bandage his ear/head. And heavily medicated him. (Trazadone) The pressure helps.
I just want him to be able to get some rest. And not have us constantly bombarding him to clean his wounds. Wrap his head. Clean his cone. Ouff. My poor boy. He’s starting to get real annoyed with all of the fussing over him. However he is actually gaining weight!
I also asked about feline herpetic just in case and he said there are no upper respiratory signs present. And X-rays for the chest and head were all clear.
I pray we find something that works for the itch.

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hello,
thank you for the follow up. I would probably talk to the vet about trying to manage the current infections and itching while minimizing environmental allergens (fleas, household products) and attempting a food trial. I dont usually do the derm allergen trials until everything else fails. Just my opinion. Get your cat comfortable and see if this was just a one time occurrence.. (fingers crossed).

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Hello I am sorry to hear about your cat. I think it sounds like you and you vet have done a very good job with the basic diagnostics. I also think that the most likely place for the answer at this point is the biopsy. Your vet should be the only person to advise you on the medications for your pet. Please call them and ask for assistance today with keeping your cat comfortable and further self-traumatization. Here are a few hints based on the description and photos that I would talk to your vet about; 1. Herpetic dermatitis and… Read more »

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hello again,
I should also add a note about dietary allergy.. it might help to try a prescription diet like z/d.. please also ask your vet about this.

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Ami Morris | 2 years ago
My 14 Week Old CH Kitten Has Ear Mites….he Was Givin Melbemite In Each Ear……

My 14 week old CH kitten has ear mites….he was givin melbemite in each ear…. does this treatment need a second or third dose like other mite remedies? And, how does it work? Do I need to also bath him with pyrethrin shampoo? Some sites say the mites go all over the body.

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If I were you I would contact the vet who prescribed the treatment. To find out how they want you to proceed.

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Lela Shipman | 3 years ago
My Cat Has Been Scratching Behind His Ears So Bad That They Bleed And Have…

My cat has been scratching behind his ears so bad that they bleed and have huge scabs , ear mite medicine is not helping , he is usually very sweet and loving , but the past few days he hasent came in or ate much and today he attacked me , what could be wrong ?

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It very well may not be ear mites that are causing the issue. A lot of times it isn’t. I would strongly urge you to get to your vet and have him checked out thoroughly.

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I agree – et your cat to the vet. Loss of appetite and sudden aggresion can be an indicator for strong pain.
While it could be ear mites, it could also be an infection of the outer and/inner ear, allergies and similar.