Pet meds to Help Floppy-Eared Dogs

Dogs with floppy or long ears are often times more susceptible to recurring ear infections
If you own a floppy eared dog such as a Golden Retriever, Basset Hound, or Beagle, you know they can often develop waxy and smelly ears. Many pet owners frequently visit the veterinarian to treat secondary yeast or bacterial infections that often accompany allergic conditions as well. In such dogs prone to recurrent ear infections, it is often helpful to use topical preparations that can allow the development of an acidic ph in the ear to discourage growth of yeast and bacteria as well as to dissolve wax.

Some of my favorite products include Epi-Otic, as well as Zinc Otic by Maxiguard. I have seen both products perform very well in cutting down on the frequency of ear infections. For many of my clients I will often recommend daily use for 1-2 weeks, and then twice to three times weekly as a maintenance.

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6 Comments

  1. RIchard Johnston JRJuly 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm · Reply

    My question on the floppy dog ear infection issue relates to using ‘Swimear’ a human product. Growing up I was a competitive swimmer. We used an alcohol/acidic mix [acetic in my case, now boric for Swimear] to stave off ear infections. Can we use that product on our dog safely? It seems we are always playing catch up with the doggy brands of ear wash.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm · Reply

      I usually have clients make up home mixture of 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water which can often help. The acetic solution is helpful when done this way. Also consider product like epiotic from 1800petmeds.

  2. hi we have a 5 year old st.bernard and he has an ear infection. its black and thik but very wet deeper inside his ear. i have been useing polysporine ear drops and it only seems too help a little bit. i have taken him to the vet once about it and from that point on its only gotten worse. so know i have been treating his ear infection since the summer and it smells really bad. what can i do to get rid of it. just this past week he has been very agressive towards me and my wife. almost bit a little boy just trying to pet him on the top of his head. can this ear infection be couse him to turn on people

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm · Reply

      Try product zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds which can help with long term problem ears like this.

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