Regular ear cleaning is an important routine for your pet's health. With practice, it's easy to care for your pet's ears. Specialized ear cleaners are available to help keep your pet's ears free from infection or mites. Ear mites can affect both cats and dogs, spreading quickly and easily from one pet to another. Left untreated, they can cause ear infections, constant itching, and sometimes deafness. That is why it's important to establish a regular ear cleaning regimen early to maintain good health.
Follow these tips to make cleaning your pet's ears as pain-free as possible:
After cleaning your pet's ears, check them weekly for any dirt or wax you might have missed. Also look for ticks, ear mites, or signs of infection such as swelling or discharge.
If despite regular cleaning your pet develops an outer ear infection caused by bacteria, fungus, or yeast, then Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution with Hydrocortisone can help reduce itching and swelling while treating your pet's ear infection. Do not pre-clean your pet's ears before using this product because pet ear cleaners can prevent the enzymes in Zymox from working properly.
Brown crusty spots in your pet's ears are a common sign of ear mites. Consider using Eradimite Ear Mite Treatment, a non-prescription medication that kills ear mites in cats and dogs. It also kills ear ticks and helps remove ear wax.