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Can i give my dog ibuprofen and amoxicillin for a ear infection
I have been looking all over trying to find the right answer. A lot of people say it's ok, but i haven't been able to find much convincing evidence as to why or what you are suppose to do. The only thing i can think of is he might need to be on fluids more. i don't think he's going to be that dehydrated. And i know you shouldn't feed anything to a dog for 10 hours or more after giving it an antibiotic. Is there a reason he could be dehydrated? is it ok to give him ibuprofen?
The vet said it would be ok, but i wanted to hear from people who know more about it. He just had his ears checked, and they said it was an infection. When I go back for the 4th time tomorrow to make sure he's still recovering well, what do you guys recommend?
My dog was born with a congenital ear condition. I never knew it, and thought that just because it wasn't painful it was ok. I had given her some amoxicillin and tylosin a few years ago and she healed fine. We did not have her checked for a while and it seemed to improve. I do not know exactly what it was, but she seemed to recover. I am starting to wonder if i should start her on a different antibiotic. I will keep a close eye on her.
I don't give my dog ibuprofen. It is a common painkiller, that is often over used in human medicine. There are much better choices. For ear infections, you want a broad spectrum antibiotic like amoxicillin or penicillin. It is a painkiller in the same class as Tylenol, but it will not have the anti-inflammatory property of Tylenol. The side effects from ibuprofen in small amounts is a little nausea, so it can't be recommended.
There's a big difference between a painkiller and an antibiotic. An antibiotic can be given to a person with an ear infection or to a dog that has ear mites without increasing the risk of an allergic reaction, so it can be a good thing for dogs. A painkiller on the other hand is not a cure, so you should still give your dog lots of fluids, make sure the environment is comfortable and warm, and try to avoid giving ibuprofen to a dog who is still nursing. A dog who has an ear infection should be given an antibiotic to cure the infection, but an antibiotic shouldn't be used for a prolonged period of time to prevent future ear infections.
In an adult human or child, the most common reason to take antibiotics is to cure an acute bacterial infection. Even if the infection has passed, an antibiotic should still be taken to prevent a recurrence. The best preventative medicine is frequent washing with hot, soapy water, keeping your dog in an environment where fleas are avoided, and applying insect repellant to your dog's skin.
Although antihistamines are not painkillers, they can have some anti-inflammatory properties, especially if they are taken in small doses. These pills may cause drowsiness. If your dog experiences any symptoms of drowsiness while on an antihistamine, decrease the dose or switch your dog to another antihistamine. Never give your dog alcohol with antihistamines.
One of the most commonly used antihistamines in humans is diphenhydramine. It's very effective for treating allergies. One of the most commonly prescribed antihistamines for dogs is chlorpheniramine. It is used to treat allergies in both dogs and humans and can be used to decrease an itch in a small dog or decrease salivation in a large dog. Diphenhydramine has a different side effect profile than chlorpheniramine and should not be used on a regular basis.
Because aspirin, particularly high-dose aspirin, can cause internal bleeding, is used to treat pain, and can be used to prevent blood clots, it is considered a risky drug to use. If you or your dog has a bleeding tendency, it's best to seek veterinary care.
## COMMON LMENTS:
Most owners, both human and canine, are familiar with their pets' usual diet. It's pretty much what we feed ourselves and our families. Dogs, however, will eat just about anything! One of the easiest ways to identify a problem in a dog's diet is to notice that it's different from its usual diet. A change in eating behavior should not be normal. What constitutes normal for you and your family may not be the same as what your dog eats. If your dog is eating something unusual, ask yourself these questions:
* Does the smell and appearance of your dog's new food match what you normally feed her?
* Has your dog vomited after eating the new food?
* Is the new food the same size and texture as the food your dog normally eats?
If your dog is suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, contact your veterinarian immediately.
A dog's best friend is her veterinarian.
Dogs are like humans in the way they learn what foods are acceptable and what foods are not. In the following examples, notice that the dog's eating behavior has changed. If you feed your dog any of these foods, you should consult your veterinarian.
### Chicken and Rice
In these first three examples, a dog's usual diet is something totally different than her new diet. The diet change is significant enough that it could cause vomiting. In this case, consult your veterinarian to make sure the problem isn't something worse.
* _Bag of shredded chicken and rice_
* _Ground chicken and rice_
* _Uncooked ground chicken and rice_
A dog's usual diet usually consists of a wide variety of meats, but the meat in her new diet is beef. Because beef doesn't contain any grains, this new diet could be causing diarrhea.
* _Ground beef_
* _Cooked ground beef_
* _Uncooked ground beef_
Any dog fed eggs should be considered an overweight dog. An egg-rich diet could cause or aggravate many of the same health problems as a diet rich in grains, such as pancreatitis.
* _Raw egg_
* _Egg yolk_
### Meat byproducts
Meat byproducts (meat scraps) can be dangerous for dogs if fed in large quantities. Byproducts are a very common ingredient in dog food. Meat byproducts contain a lot of sodium. They can also contain other contaminants, such as fecal matter and viruses.
* _Meat byproducts_
## Why a Diet Change May Be Helpful
When a dog's diet consists of one thing, she doesn't get to enjoy the benefits that dogs on a varied diet experience. A well-balanced dog will have balanced hormones, so she may not have the same problem of obesity, diabetes, or other health problems.
_Celiac disease is a digestive disease that dogs get when they eat wheat, barley, or rye. Because it is a genetic problem, every one of your dogs should be checked for it. There is a way to diagnose it in the puppy stage_.
A dog with a varied diet is more likely to be healthier. In addition to the wide variety of foods, a varied diet includes other useful ingredients: high-quality proteins, fats,