The ears are a frequent problem area for dogs and cats. Bacterial and yeast infections, ear mite infestations, wax buildup, and itching are all common concerns. Regardless of the underlying problem, cleaning the ears is usually a part of the treatment plan. However, picking out the right ear cleaner can be challenging. The table below will guide you in choosing one that's best for your pet.
If your pet has any of the following symptoms, you should talk to your veterinarian. An ear infection is likely and simply cleaning out the ears will not get rid of it.
- Red skin in or around the ears
- Discharge from the ears
- A bad smell associated with the ears
- Excessive head shaking or scratching at the ears
Your veterinarian will prescribe medications and a particular ear cleaner based on the type of infection that your dog or cat has, and you should always use what is recommended. Treating your pet with a different product could delay healing or even cause unwanted side effects like deafness. Many other ear cleaners are available and appropriate to use if you are simply trying to remove dirt and a little wax build-up, but make sure the product you choose does not irritate the sensitive tissues within the ears. If your pet’s condition worsens or does not improve with treatment, call your veterinarian.
Ear Cleansers for Pets