How can I treat an ear infection in my cat without antibiotics?

My cat has a moderate staph infection in her middle/inner ear, and is very dizzy and falling over (for the last week). She's been on 2 types of antibiotics and has had horrible side effects (vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy). I don't want to put her on any more antibiotics, can you recommend anything else?

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    By: Erin Broersma El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    There is a product that is used in addition to oral antibiotics called Synotic. This is an ear drop that is meant for inner ear infections and help to kill the bacteria and heal the infection. Usually, in this case, oral antibiotics are also necessary to ensure the infection is eradicated. There are so many options for cats as far as antibiotics go, continue working with your veterinarian and do not feel that you need to fix the problem on your own. They will be able to get a medication that will be effective and will be tolerated by her, and your persistence will help. They should be very involved in this process and should want a solution as much as you do. If you do not agree, ask other pet-owner friends to refer you elsewhere and obtain your records personally to ensure the same treatments are not repeated.

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