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Any Exp with this Earmite solution?

post #1 of 11
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My two cats still have ear mites after using the ear mite drops from the vet for the past 4-5 weeks. I use 2-3 drops every three days and clean their ears every day per Vet instructions. (Wondering if maybe I should up it to 1-2 drops every day?) One cat's ears are looking a bit cleaner, the other's ears are staying pretty much the same. These are "dog" mites, the vet said, and since there has been no clearing up of the mites, they have now suggested I use a "lime sulfur" shampoo for them. I can do it there, 1x a week for 6 weeks at 35 dollars a shampoo for each cat, or I can buy 2 bottles of the shampoo for 10.55 each every week for 6 weeks and do it at home. It is the most foulest smelling stuff ever.
I asked about the Revolution that I have read many people have immediate success on, and was told the Revolution is no good and the drops work better than the Revolution (Sounds like a fib to me?) ... Any advice is appreciated. My next step is calling my sister's vet to ask their opinion.. thanks again...
post #2 of 11
hmmm, lime-sulfur is prescribed for ringworm and other fungus problems, but I have not heard that it works on ear mites.

I've used Acarexx, 0.01% Ivermectin, with success. It's a one time application directly in the ear canal.
post #3 of 11
I've used Acarexx, too. Though generally with a recommended 21 day follow up later to get any eggs that may not have been killed.
post #4 of 11
We used Tresaderm for my Cats.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
hmmm, lime-sulfur is prescribed for ringworm and other fungus problems, but I have not heard that it works on ear mites.

I've used Acarexx, 0.01% Ivermectin, with success. It's a one time application directly in the ear canal.
I don't know about Acarexx (may be called something else here) but any ear drop solution added with the 0.01% Ivermectin works for me!
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
We used Tresaderm for my Cats.
Thats what we use at the shelter but we use it once a day. That has always worked.
post #7 of 11
I hope something helps them.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm really glad I asked this, because I called my sister's vet and they said they -always- try the Ivermectin injection (10 bucks) and I can use Tresaderm ear drops along with it if the mites are really bad (12 bucks a bottle) That sure beats 150 bucks for a bath! They said they had never heard of using that bath for ear mites. I called my own vet back since my sister's vet does not take care credit (Shoot!!) to ask about the shots. They said, "I've never heard of Ivermectin being used for ear mites."
... I am becoming severely suspicious of my vet.

Thank you all for your advice. I see now that I have most likely let this vet jerk me around and my babies have suffered because of it. I'll be going to the other vet!
post #9 of 11
The Tresaderm is what I have used for my cats.
post #10 of 11
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My vet called back finally. He asked why I wanted the Tresaderm (What a weird question, he knows why!) I told him for the ear mites. He said since they have "dog" mites, which is so rare that only 3 cases have been reported, Tresaderm would make it worse because it has steroids in it. He said the only way to get rid of them is the lime-sulfur bath. He also said that ivermectin would not work.
I am making an appointment today with the other vet. I just don't trust the information he has given me so far. And I don't trust the way he asked why I wanted those two medications.
Thanks guys! I will update.
post #11 of 11
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I am just updating to close this issue - I went to my sister's vet and waited for 3 1/2 hours to be seen, but it was entirely worth it. Dr. Schmunk is the best vet ever, the poor man works his hands to the bone.
NEITHER Cat had ear mites of ANY sort... so maybe the miticide I was given worked (on the mites, not the black gunk), but he went ahead and gave them both a rabies shot and an ivermectin shot... He gave me a tube of anti-fungal/anti-bacterial/anti-inflammatory stuff... Now all of that only cost me 30 bucks (for 2 cats!) How awesome is that you guys! I was so pumped, it was worth taking them 25 miles down the road for that! The thing that still bothers me is the lime-sulfur would have worked, except the other vet never mentioned once that it was a fungus. He kept saying "dog mites". If he would have said fungus I probably would have done the baths!
Meanwhile I was spared 270 bucks and a house stinking of sulfur for a month.. They are very perky today and feel great. All is well here again! Thank you all for you time and advice!
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