Zymox Otic ear medication

Zymox can be used as preventatives for ear problems in both dogs and cats.

As a veterinarian I am always looking for natural alternatives and years ago I was drawn to Zymox, especially given the concern of overuse of antibiotics and the development of bacterial resistance to commonly prescribed oral and topical medications. Most ear infections may usually be a secondary manifestation of underlying allergies. And given how common ear infections are in our dogs and cats today, the cost involved in needing a prescription for topical antibiotics can be expensive. That’s why I find products such as Zymox Otic and Zymox Otic HC to be a wonderful and economical nonprescription alternative for our animal companions with frustrating ear issues.

Making use of the fact that certain enzymes derived from milk have the ability to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses, this product literally digests pus, wax, and discharge in the ear canals. The product is best used NOT at the time of using other ear cleaners or topical antibiotics, because these other products like Otomax or Mometamax will often inactivate the effective bacteria- and yeast-killing enzymes in the Zymox Otic products.

Zymox Otic is not for use in the eyes or topically on the skin as a topical antibiotic for skin infections. Both Zymox Otic products can indeed be used as preventatives for ear problems in both dogs and cats.

Have pet health questions? For any medical concerns, we always recommend you consult your veterinarian. However, for non-emergency questions, you can contact Dr. Dym directly using our Ask the Vet form.

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16 Comments

  1. I absolutely love this product! Zymox has been a great alternative to Otomax. Saving money with a natural remedy is exactly what I was looking for.
    Question: Is there a non prescription alternative for prednisone? It works wonders in conjunction with the Zymox.
    Thanks.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    You can try yucca intensive by azmira which has cortisone like compounds in it.

  3. For seven years our yellow lab suffered with severe ear infections, trip after trip to the Vet, where he would flush the ears and repeatedly prescribed Otomax in the a.m. and Panalog in the p.m. Between the visits and medications, it was extremely expensive and to no avail. Never worked . Then someone suggested trying Zymox and it was a miracle. I put drops in everyother day and she’s never had another infection in three years. All I have to say is “ZYMOX, ZYMOX, ZYMOX!”

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing. It is indeed an excellent product.

  5. Using zymox advanced hydrocortisone 1%for my cat frankies ear infection, while trying to administer he shook head and I accidently got some in my mouth and eye he also got some in his mouth. Are we safe? Ingessting small amount. Thank you

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Ingesting small amount should not be a problem.

  7. Dr. Dym,

    1) If mometomax is used as prescribed, and 2 weeks later the same ear (yeast) infection comes back, can a dog take another 7 consecutive days of treatment? my dog is 40lbs and i only give her 1 drop 1 time a day at a certain time for the 7 day treatment. i do not ever give her more than 1 drop in the ear canal or anywhere else such as the non canal part of her ear.

    2) can mometomax be stopped in the middle of treatment (say 3-4 days into it) and wait one full day after NOT using mometomax so i can then use zymox octic? again, pretend i am giving my dog 3-4 days of consecutive treatment of the mometomax, i stop giving treatment on the 3rd or 4th day of this drug and wait one full day of no drugs at all for my dog. i then the very next day give zymox octic to my dog is that OK or do I need to wait more days in order to then use zymox after having stopped treatment of mometomax? i understand you will say possibly “you need to finish the treatment of the mometomax”. but Dr., i need to use something for my dog until my shipment of zymox octic comes in. can i interrupt treatment of mometomax, wait a day or 2 and then give her the zymox? also know that this mometomax treatment that i would potentially be interrupting to then use zymox is the 2nd time in 2 weeks that i would be using mometomax, not the first time treatment. i sincerely hope you understand the essence of my questions here. i apologize for not being crystal clear. thank you.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    There is no problem repeating another 7 days of the mometomax… As for the zymox issue, best to COMPLETE your treatment with the momeomax, and then go to zymox otic HC hopefully to prevent ear issues from recurring. See vet for ear cytology and/or culture if signs persist or worsen.

  9. Thank you so very much Dr. Dym for taking the time to answer this critical question for my little family! I sure needed an answer right away and you did that. I so appreciate your time.

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    You are very welcome.

  11. where can I purchase zymox for my dogs recurring ear infections – I am in australia

  12. How often should Zymox 1.0% HC be applied as a preventative for ear infections? We adopted a shelter kitty about 5 months ago and he’s had chronic yeast/bacteria ear infections from day one. The vet’s prescribed 3 rounds of Mometomax and two rounds of clavamox (oral) so far but infection recurs. We are suspecting a food allergy underlying this chronic problem. Two weeks ago we switched him to a limited ingredient, grain-free diet, but in the meantime our vet has said we’ll need to treat the ear infections if symptoms return. Just finished Mometomax (14 days worth) a few days ago & debris is beginning to form in his ears again & he’s shaking his head. We want to use the Zymox to prevent the need to return to Mometomax. What do you think of this plan? If it’s reasonable, how frequently & how long a time period should we continue to apply it as a preventative? Thank you.

  13. I put zymox otic drops in dogs eye. I tried to wash it out with water. What do I do and will it harm the eye?

  14. Hi Sharon and thank you for your question. For any medical concerns, we always recommend you consult your veterinarian. However, for non-emergency questions, you can contact Dr. Dym directly using our Ask the Vet form.
    ~ Abby, PetMeds Pro

  15. Can zymox ear Inflammation relief be used with predisone.

  16. Hi Diane, and thank you for your question. For any medical concerns, we always recommend you consult your veterinarian. However, for non-emergency questions, you can contact Dr. Dym directly using our Ask the Vet form.
    ~ Abby, PetMeds Pro

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