Ear problems are a common reason for veterinary visits and, when chronic, can be a frustrating problem. Both dogs and cats can get ear infections, although ear infections are much more common in dogs, and especially in floppy-eared breeds of dogs such as Beagles and Cocker Spaniels. And, because swimming and frequent bathing can lead to ear infections, this is an even more common problem in the summer months. The most frequent causes of ear infections in dogs are bacteria and yeast, while the most frequent cause of ear infections in cats is ear mites.
Signs of an ear infection in your pet may include: excessive scratching of or pawing at the ears; foul-smelling discharge from the ear; redness, swelling or tenderness of the ear; tilting or shaking of the head. If you are not sure whether your pet has an ear infection, we recommend that you consult with your veterinarian. However, many pet guardians with dogs or cats that experience recurrent ear infections are very familiar with the symptoms. If this is the case, Zymox Enzymatic Ear Solution is an effective solution to treat bacterial, fungal and yeast infections of the ears, and does not require a prescription.
Zymox may be used for either dogs or cats and treats both acute and chronic ear infections. It is not an antibiotic; rather, Zymox uses an antimicrobial enzyme system that contains a combination of thee enzymes that are naturally found in milk: lactoperoxidase, lysozyme, and lactoferrin. These enzymes work together to create a powerful anti-microbial effect.
Zymox Enzymatic Solution with Hydrocortisone is also available in a formulation without added Hydrocortisone, and comes in 1.25 ounce and 4 ounce sizes. Hydrocortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory and will help if your dog or cat has itchy, irritated or inflamed ears. Zymox should not be used if your pet has a ruptured eardrum, and Zymox with Hydrocortisone should not be used on pregnant or lactating pets.
Zymox is simple to use, and there is no need to clean your pet’s ears before application as this product acts as a cleaner and medication in one. In fact, using an ear cleansing solution may interfere with the enzyme activity of the product. To use this product, apply liberally to your pet’s ear canal and gently massage the base of the ear to distribute the product. Wipe to remove excess, or allow your pet to shake its head to remove excess medication. If your pet has an acute ear infection, apply daily or seven days; for chronic ear infections, apply daily for 14 days.
There are no known side-effects of Zymox. If your pet’s symptoms persist after using Zymox, discontinue use and consult with your veterinarian.