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Treat and Prevent Pet Ear Infections
Ear infections in pets are frequently caused by allergies or trapped moisture in the ears, which can lead to bacteria and yeast buildup. Although some pets may be prone to ear infections more often than others, most ear infections can be prevented with regular ear cleaning. To help keep your pet's ears healthy, try our 1-800-PetMeds Ear Cleansing Solution. It contains antimicrobial and antiseptic ingredients to clean and deodorize your pet's ears.
How to clean your pet's ears using our 1-800-PetMeds Ear Cleansing Solution:
- Soak a cotton ball in the ear cleaning solution and squeeze out any excess solution.
- Gently rub the cotton ball around the inside of your pet's ear.
- Allow your pet to shake his or her head. This movement helps to remove dirt from inside the ear.
If your pet has an existing ear infection, Dr. Michael Dym, VMD highly recommends using Zymox Otic products. Both solutions contain enzymes to kill bacteria in the ear and prevent the bacteria from spreading. For itchy ears, use Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution with Hydrocortisone. If your pet's ears are severely irritated or the skin of the ear is broken, Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution Hydrocortisone Free should be used. Wait 2-3 days after using Zymox before cleaning your pet's ears. Cleaning your pet's ears too soon can stop the enzymes in Zymox from working. If the condition worsens, see your veterinarian immediately.
If your pet enjoys swimming or water-related activities, we suggest cleaning your pet's ears after each session to prevent bacteria and moisture from building up.