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Cat with Chronic Ear Infection

by Alisa W.
(Louisa, Virginia)

My 1-year-old domestic short-hair cat has run a chronic infection in his right ear most of the time we have had him. He came to us from the SPCA with an ear infection.


He is a fully outdoor cat. He eats Tuscan Natural grain-free cat food. He lives with seven other cats and four goats, and seems happy. He is up to date on all shots, and otherwise in good health.

The ear infection would often improve with Tresaderm, but quickly return. Recently we have had him seen by a local veterinarian again. The ear was cultured and the infection found to be caused by two primary bacteria that were both susceptible to an indwelling topical antibiotic treatment and to Orbax (Sorry that I do not know what bacteria were isolated, or the name of the topical treatment) .

The first trip my cat was given just the topical treatment. He was found on re-check to be improved after a week. He was retreated topically and then given a two-week course of Orabax.

At the second visit, our veterinarian also recommended a trial of hypoallergenic food, and sent our cat home with a horrible looking Purina product whose first ingredient was “rice starch” (processed grain) and every third other ingredient was something unpronounceable. It seemed to be mostly grain. We refused to give this to our cat.

Also, I don’t see the purpose of a two-week trial on a hypoallergenic diet done at the same time as antibiotic treatment – how would you know what works? So we did not do the diet, but religiously gave the medicine.

After two weeks he was subjectively better. His ear no longer smelled bad, and last week he caught a mouse, so his hearing has improved. At recheck today, two weeks later, however, the vet reported the ear was (if anything) a little worse objectively on exam. The doctor reports she can now visualize the TM and it appears to be bulging a bit and/or anatomically situated more distally than the other TM. There was a bit of blood at the inferior margin. She recommends a referral to a surgeon.

We wonder what you might recommend. And if a food trial would be useful, what product would you recommend?

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Oct 12, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Cat with Chronic Ear Infection
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

October 12, 2013

Hi Alisa,

For your one year old kitty with chronic ear infection in the RIGHT ear that has been treated numerous times with antibiotics to *suppress* the discharge, he may be difficult to treat with holistic treatments, but it is well worth the effort to AVOID surgery. And since it seems to be localized to ONLY one ear, I find it hard to believe that it would be due to a food allergy. (A food allergy would usually affect BOTH ears, and cause itching and scratching of the face, forehead and back of the neck). Also, for a food "trial" it should be given for a minimum of 3-6 weeks, not just 2 weeks.

Also, as you have found with a culture, I am sure there are numerous bacteria in his ear canal. BUT, I do not believe it is the bacteria that have *caused* the problem. Therefore, using antibiotics in the ear, or into the body either orally, or by injection, may kill the 'superficial' bacteria, but will NOT solve the underlying problem. And will only cause more suppression, weakening his Vital Force even further. The underlying problem may be a poor immune system, (not enough colostrum as a kitten if he was orphaned), TOO many vaccinations, or a diet that is not able to provide enough moisture or nutrients for him to heal.

The Tuscan Natural Grain Free diet, appears to be available only in a DRY CAT FOOD. And they expound at length on the virtues of Olive Oil, and how beneficial it is to *people*. But, this is NOT true in the feline species. Cats are obligate carnivores, they have a harder time utilizing oils from vegetable sources. Cats do NOT get hardening of the arteries nor heart *attacks*.

DRY cat food is the WORSE diet for a cat to eat. In nature, their food is a mouse or bird, which is MOIST. And also RAW. Check out www.catinfo.org, www.rawfedcats.org, and www.felineinstincts.com for the benefits of a RAW diet for cats. Rad cat is a very good brand, www.radfood.com.

Here is my suggestion:
1. Repertorizing the symptoms:
chronic ear infection,
swollen ear drum,
suppuration of the ear canal, and
suppression of discharge
The TOP homeopathic remedies are Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Silicia, and Belladonna.
Sulphur is a good remedy for deep suppression, and ill effects from vaccinations, along with all of the above.
Give Sulphur 12C or 6C. Dissolve one pellet into a 2 oz glass dropper bottle with Spring water. Shake the bottle by hitting it against the palm of your hand 20 times, (called succussing the remedy), before each dose. And give your kitty 1/2 dropperful BY MOUTH TWO times daily for the next 3-6 weeks.


TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO

Oct 12, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Cat with Chronic Ear Infection PART TWO
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

October 12, 2013

Hi Alisa,
Here is the rest of my response.

2. Gradually transition from a DRY cat food diet to a canned diet, then to a RAW diet. You should actually do this for ALL of the cats since they will all be healthier. Find a food similar in ingredients to the Tuscan Natural Grain Free food. Whole Foods health food store contains some good brands. Feed all cats only two times daily. Add some canned food to the dry food, and little by little decrease the dry food and increase the canned food over a period of 3 or 4 weeks. Once all cats are eating canned food, start to add in some raw meat. NO RAW PORK or RAW FISH. Buying some of the food suggested on the links above should help, or try the RAD CAT food.

3. Immune Support may be needed if the diet and homeopathic remedies are not completely helping.
OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder
http://www.belfield.com/megac226.php
Missing Link for Cats
Immuplex by Standard Process available on amazon.com
Feline Whole Body Support by Standard Process available on amazon.com

4. Need to make sure he is NEGATIVE for Feline Leukemia, Feline Aids, and Feline Corona Virus, (FIP).

5. NO MORE VACCINATIONS-you may need to make him partly indoors, at least at night!

Lastly, you may need to seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to guide you along with the homeopathic remedies. To determine when to increase potency, decrease frequency or even when to change remedies.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Oct 14, 2013
Tuscan Natural Cat Food
by: Steve Dobek

Dr Tillman,

If you would email me, I would love to send you some of the research papers we have illustrating the benefits of olive oil specifically to pets.

The benefits go well beyond people and have many many benefits beyond heart health. Olive Oils cancer fighting properties are well know (cancer is the #1 natural killer of dogs), but it is also has anti-inflamatory properties, increases protein digestability, helps regulate blood sugars, and helps prevent bone dentisity loss in spayed bitches.

Studies are also showing the lower the cholestorol levels in pets, the lower the instances of cancer.

The Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Tuscan Natural isn't just a marketing gimmick, it is a critical part of the nutritional makeup of our food (every 30# bags contains approx 15oz of olive oil)

If you email info@pyramidpet.com we can start a dialogue.

Sincerely,

Steve Dobek
Executive Vice President
Pyramid Pet Products
(makers of Tuscan Natural Pet Foods)

Oct 19, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Cat with Chronic Ear Infection
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

October 18, 2013

Mr. Steve Dobek
Executive Vice President
Pyramid Pet Products
(makers of Tuscan Natural Pet Foods)

Dear Steve,
Yes I would be interested in more information on the Tuscan Natural Pet Food with the Extra Virgin Olive oil. I have sent you my email to send me some information.

On your site I was only finding DRY formulations of your food. Is it available in canned form also?

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

P.S. If you've found this service or our web site helpful, please "Like" us by clicking the like button at the top of the left margin. Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.



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