PetMeds® Helping Pets with Chronic Ear Infections

chronic-ear-infections-petsZymox Otic is one of my favorite nonprescription ear topical medications that works wonderfully for many acute and chronic ear problems in dogs and cats. This product contains natural enzymes that help inhibit bacterial growth often involved in ear infections.  Most commonly bacterial ear infections are secondary to underlying allergies in affected pets.

Ear problems are amongst the most frustrating problems to clear up and often recur in many pets.  This often leads to production of excessive amount of wax and discharge. It’s important for clients to recognize not to use other prescription topical bacterial products or ear washes, as Zymox Otic is most effective when used alone on such ears. Clients have reported wonderful results when using this product, as I have also seen many chronic ear infections that have pestered dogs for months clear up when using this product.

Unlike some other prescription topical ear medications which can occasionally cause deafness, I have not seen any side effects when using Zymox Otic. For pets with allergies, the Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone is my preferred choice, as the additional cortisone can help lessen ear inflammation and pain.

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  1. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    THanks for your experience on this very effective topical ear medicine.

  2. Have been using Zymox Otic for a small dog with chronic ear infection, just one ear, and works great as long as I don’t miss may days without treatment, this infection just won’t go away. I have treated the ear for ten days straight, but as soon as I miss a couple of days, bang, its right back, but at least this Zymox Otic keeps it at bay. Unfortunately, not available in Canada so I must order from Pet meds and have shipped to Canada.
    Why not available here in Canada ????

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Not sure why not available in Canada. Likely underlying allergies involved with the recurrent ear issues here and/or resistant bacterial ear infections. Consider asking for ear culture from your vet. Also consider zymox otic plus, which is superior product in tough ear infections.

  4. Thank you very much for the information. As far as trying Zymox Otic Plus, as far as I know, this is a prescription drug and being here in Canada getting a prescription for the U.S. drug ,well lets just say, probably lots of red tape.

  5. erica heatheringtonJune 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Hi I have a 4 year old toy poodle/shit zu mix and he continues to get brown gunk in his one ear and is shaking and itching it. I have taken him to the vet in the past and it was an ear infection and i had to get a $100 prescription. I was wondering if there is anything that is cheaper that would work in preventing these and get rid of the infection. Thank you

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Excellent product called zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds may help.

  7. Hi! I have a Boston Terrier and she has never had any problems with her ears…I noticed last week that she has been scratching and thought it may be ear mites…got some medicine for it but now I’m not so sure that is what it is. It only seems to be one ear that is bothering her. I used a cotton ball to rub the inside of her ear…first I got brown stuff and every now and then I still get some…but there is a touch of blood…I was thinking with her scratching , she may have caused the bleeding…it isn’t excessive. I’m now uncertain what to do for her…do you think I should go ahead and take her to the vet?

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I think a vet exam is best, although you could try great product Zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds.

  9. My 12 yr old dog had ear yeast and was given Mometamax (which has gentamicin) for 21 days. She became deaf after 5 days, but they said probably return afterward. I stopped using it after 11 days anyway and took her back to Vet, who agreed about stopping. She remained deaf for 45 days. Vet said ear drums appear to be intact. When she started scratching ears again, last week, I ordered Zymox with HC, which has so many great reviews and no mention of causing deafness. Helped immediately, but after 2nd dose, she is now deaf again. Help!

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I have seen rare deafness, even from natural products on occasion. I would work with veterinary homeopath for alternative individual approach on this issue

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