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Can someone tell me what this is in Cocos Ears

post #1 of 17
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Since Coco was young she has had ear problems. I was told it was ear mites but the Meds never work. They gave me other meds and they didnt work either. Here is a Pic of one of her ears. I wipe it out and it comes back.
I took this pic on my Mac instead of the Camera because I can not upload the Pics from the Camera for some reason. She does itc her ears.
post #2 of 17
It does look very much like mites, one of my guys that I picked up from the street had ear mites and it looked just like that.
post #3 of 17
Mites tend to leave a thick brown crud that looks kind of like coffee grounds...is that more like a waxy, gunky discharge that coats the skin?

Bella has had both and the waxy brown yuck turned out to be a yeast infection related to her diet/allergies...have you considered that as an option? We were able to treat it with a course of ear drops and diet changes.
post #4 of 17
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I have been wondering if its related to her being Allergic because nothing the vet has tried has ever worked. I was told years ago it was Ear Mites but none of my other Cats have ever caught it. We did try Ear Mite Meds and Yeast Infection Meds but it didnt work.
post #5 of 17
Yeast was my thought, too. Maybe it's some other kind of infection. Can they do some lab tests to find out exactly what it is?
post #6 of 17
Ramsay had a similar chronic infection for almost 2 years. We tried every medication around, and the vet said try this one last thing and if it doesn't work, we'll have to put him under to flush his ears... Well, the one last thing actually worked and he hasn't had a problem in 9 months now. It was called Zymox w/hydrocortisone. It's just an OTC enzymatic cleaner.
post #7 of 17
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I will ask the Vet about that. Coco is 16 and no Vet has helped her in all these years.
post #8 of 17
It looks like the chronic yeast infection that one of my dogs had for a while. If your vet hasn't been able to accurately diagnose it, have you tried a specialist?
post #9 of 17
I'm also going with a yeast infection. Callie had that for about 2 years. When she had her teeth cleaned one time, I asked them to flush her ears out and treat it. She came home with this gloopy thick medicine in her ears that was nasty, but it did the trick. It took about 2 weeks to clear out of her ear, but she's not had any ear problems since.

My vet told me that lots of times what happens is that they have an allergic reaction to changes in the environment much like humans, causing their ears to itch. Wax builds up and then they get the infection.
post #10 of 17
My vet also explained that yeast infections in ears (if that is what it truly is), can be caused by the type of food they eat. It's been a long time, but I think we switched to a low carb, high protein food. Check with your vet.
post #11 of 17
Sho gets that in only one of his ears - not so surprisingly, it's the side he sleeps on.

He had ear mites as a kitten, that was treated and is long gone. Has had his ears repeatedly checked, by three different vets, and flushed - I've even asked if it could possibly be a yeast infection or something in the ear itself. I have tried a few ear cleaners and he's had some diet changes over the years. Nothing helps but just keeping his ears clean. The waxy brown gunk does not have a smell to it and the right ear never feels any warmer then the left.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Sho gets that in only one of his ears - not so surprisingly, it's the side he sleeps on.

He had ear mites as a kitten, that was treated and is long gone. Has had his ears repeatedly checked, by three different vets, and flushed - I've even asked if it could possibly be a yeast infection or something in the ear itself. I have tried a few ear cleaners and he's had some diet changes over the years. Nothing helps but just keeping his ears clean. The waxy brown gunk does not have a smell to it and the right ear never feels any warmer then the left.
Have you asked for a culture to be taken? That would tell you if it's a yeast infection or not.

Stephanie
post #13 of 17
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Coco has it in both ears and she has had a few meds but nothing has helped. She has had this since. This has been going on since she was a kitten and she is 16 now. i can not chane her food because she is on Urinary Food.
post #14 of 17
If you cant get an answer, gently cleaning as much as you can with cotton wool dipped in olive oil is what I did with Dillon, especially when he got older, he continuously had brown earwax and dirty ears. I also dipped a cotton bud in olive oil and got the thick bits of brown off with that, very carefully and not going too far in the ears.
post #15 of 17
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The Vet gave me Epi-Otic to use in Cocos ears.
post #16 of 17
Did s/he mention what was going on with the ears and/or do a culture?
post #17 of 17
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All her tests have been Neg for years. They even sent it to Uc Davis.
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