Any dog ear infection treatment approach starts with a cleaning. Cleaning should often be used along with prescription treatment. Do not use a product with alcohol as this could be irritating. Instead consider an ear cleaner similar to Dermapet Ear Cleaner since it is PH balanced and combined with boric acid to improve effectiveness. Cleaners are formulated to liquefy and soften any wax. Bacteria in the debris can also trigger inflammation, so cleaning by itself can bring some inflammatory relief. Note that not all dogs respond well to home ear cleaning, and may require cleanings in the veterinarians office.
Some cancers do not respond particularly well to chemotherapy. Fortunately, canine lymphoma – especially the common multicentric form – usually does. Radiation treatment is available for some types of cancer as well and is being used increasingly in conjunction with chemotherapy, with the hope of improving remission rates. During any chemotherapy treatments, the patient will need frequent blood tests and monitoring to be sure that the treatment is not adversely affecting his or her organs or overall health. Of course, in pets and in people, there can be a number of unpleasant side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, including severe gastrointestinal upset, allergic reactions and hair loss, among others.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can have noticeable, beneficial effects for the arthritis patient. However, NSAIDs that are intended for human use have a high incidence of potentially serious side effects in dogs. NSAIDs like Etogesic, Rimadyl, Metacam, and Deramaxx have been designed specifically for dogs and are much safer than drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin. However, these “doggy” NSAIDs can still cause gastrointestinal upset and in rare cases liver or kidney dysfunction. NSAID use in dogs should always be supervised by a veterinarian.