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The Top 15 Cat and Dog Ear Care Products

An Ear Cleaner Buying Guide

By Ryan Gellis. December 05, 2012 | See Comments

The Top 15 Cat and Dog Ear Care Products

Listen up! Ear infections are an uncomfortable and largely avoidable health issue for your pet. Here are 15 products that can help you treat your cat or dog to avoid infection and pests in the ears.

While humans can only hear sounds between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz, a dog can hear up to 50,000 Hz and cats can do even better at 64,000 Hz. So while we treasure our own ears as a crucial part of our engagement with the world, for our pets, the sense of hearing is even more crucial to how they experience their environment. Practicing good cat and dog ear care is an essential part of good pet grooming.

Keeping your furry friends’ ears clean, healthy and pest-free should be a major priority when grooming your pet. Not only is a proper ear cleaning technique useful for avoiding problems like mites and infections, but, if any of those issues do occur, having a dog or cat who is accustomed to you touching their ears will make the healing process easier. With that in mind we offer a list of the products that work to maintain ear health and fight infection so that you can ensure that your pet can always hear your voice and the rest of the sounds that fill their day with clarity.

Ear Cleansers

Unlike our own ears, the ears of cats and dogs can benefit from regular cleanings as long as you know what you are doing. As long as you stay away from the ear canal and listen to your pet’s reaction a good cleaning can prevent the spread of bacteria, mites and other organisms. These products are made to get the job done.

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Epi-Otic Ear Cleanser

  • A non-irritating ear cleanser, which contains anti-adhesive properties to prevent the buildup of bacteria and yeast
  • Intended to be used for cleaning the ear canal of pets with ear infections and completely healthy ear canals, or in preparation for veterinarian treatments
  • Fresh apple blossom fragrance

Epi Otic Advanced Ear cleaner

  • Features special technologies to keep bacteria from sticking to the skin's surface while neutralizing bad odors in the ear canal
  • Help treat and control signs of otitis externa, a yeast-caused ear infection
  • An antiseptic treatment for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens

Dr. Golds Ear Therapy

  • An alcohol-free treatment with a base of tea tree oil and witch hazel
  • Quickly stops the yeast infections that cause bad ear odor
  • Gently cleans, disinfects and deodorizes the ear canal

Four Paws Ear Powder

  • This easy-to-use powder keeps pet ears dry, reducing the chance of bacterial infections
  • Relieves ear itching, and it can help make the removal of hairs from the ear canal easier

R-7 Natural Ear Dry Cream

  • Leaves a soothing, water resistant shield inside pets ears after cleaning
  • Helps prevent debris buildup
  • All-Natural formula with Chamomile and Marigolds

Four Paws Ear Wipes

  • Four Paws Ear Wipes aid in removing ear wax from both dogs and cats
  • Great for on-the-go ear grooming, after a walk in the park or outside adventure
  • Clean, dry ears also prevent ear mite infestation

Zymox OTIC HC 1.0% Enzymatic Solution

  • With 1% Hydrocortisone Biofilm Reducing Formula works on resistant microbes quicker and more effectively
  • Engineered to aid in the management of the toughest chronic otitis externa cases - those due to resistant organisms, such as pseudomonas or even MRSA which form complex biofilm
  • Ideal for those cases of repeated infection or the infection that just won't resolve

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Ear Infection Treatments

Ear infections can be painful and disorienting to your pets, who experience the world through their ears. If you think your furry friend may have an ear infection, read up on the signs and then schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. In addition to taking your cat or dog to the vet you may be able to use one of these medicines to help treat the problem.

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Mometamax

  • Treats ear infections in 3 ways, with an anti-bacterial, an anti-inflammatory and an anti-fungal
  • Convenient suspension dose
  • Quickly puts a stop to ear infections and the resulting negative side effects like dizziness and discomfort

Synotic Solution

  • An easy to apply solution, directly into the ear canal
  • Synotic solution spreads easily and helps dry the infected area, killing microbes
  • The corticosteroid helps stop inflammation and end discomfort

Otomax ointment

  • Otomax prescription ointment is a steroidal, antibacterial, and antifungal cream for dogs
  • It is used to treat bacterial infections of the outer ear, as well as acute and chronic ear infections that are associated with yeast and susceptible bacteria
  • Otomax works to effectively reduce inflammation and itchiness for your pet

Baytril Otic.

  • Baytril Otic. Drop is an FDA-approved prescription medication used to treat fungal and bacterial ear infections in dogs and cats
  • These easy-to-use, water-based drops can also help reduce inflammation and discomfort in the ears while your pet heals

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Ear Mite Defenses

The primary foe of your dog’s, and especially your cat’s, ears is the ear mite. The ear mite is a tiny pest that hangs around the ear, biting and spreading infection. It is a particular nuisance to cats, even when they do not go outdoors. When you see one mite, you know there are more to follow, and at that point every pet in your household has to be treated. Here are some solutions that stop painful and costly ear mite infections before they start.

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Advantage Multi for Cats

  • An effective once-a-month topical solution that treats a variety of parasitic issues
  • In addition to providing safe, effective cat flea control and killing adult fleas, Advantage MULTI is also effective in treating and controlling ear mites, preventing heartworm disease, and controlling and treating roundworm, hookworm and whipworm
  • Safe enough to be used on kittens as young as nine weeks of age and weighing at least two pounds

Revolution

  • Revolution is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription parasiticide that kills fleas, flea eggs, ear mites, scabies, and ticks, and helps prevent heartworm disease in dogs and cats
  • This once-monthly, easy to apply spot-on is non-greasy and quick-drying

Four Paws Ear Mite Remedy

  • Kills ear mites and aids in ear wax removal for dogs
  • It is an organic formula, with Aloe Vera, that does not contain pesticides
  • Applied twice a month it can also act as a preventative

Four Paws Ear Mite Remedy for Cats

  • Four Paws Ear Mite Remedy for Cats kills ear mites and aids in ear wax removal for cats
  • The special formula for cats is organic and safe to use on kittens 12 weeks or older
  • Applied twice a month it can also act as a preventative

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