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Ear Cleaning with Epi-Otic

What is Epi-Otic?

Epi-Otic is used to clean ears as it promotes good hygiene and can help prevent ear infections. It is an alcohol free ear cleaner that cleanses without irritation, it removes and loosens crust,scales and excessive ear wax. It also has a drying action in the ear canal as it absorbs moisture which makes this product ideal to use as a regular ear cleaner, especially after swimming or bathing.

Steps to cleaning the ear

  1. Hold the ear flap and lift it into a vertical position.
  2. Appy Epi-Otic ear cleaner liberally into the ear canal to enable a flushing action.
  3. Gently massage the groove from the base of the ear downward and inward in order to disperse Epi-Otic throughout the ear canal for 1 minute.
  4. Remove the excess fluid and debris with a ball of wool or a tissue (do not use a cotton bud). Also ensure to clean the inside of the ear flap and in between all the grooves to remove any debris. It is important not to use cotton buds as with a poking action it is possible to cause more damage to already inflamed tissues especially if the ear drum is ruptured.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until the excess fluid is no longer dirty.
  6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 with the other ear.
  7. Allow your pet to shake off excess fluid.

What are the causes of ear infection?

Parasites, allergies and foreign bodies can all be primary causes of Otitis Externa. They can encourage the overgrowth of bacteria, yeasts and fungi that can lead to infection and inflammation. Moisture in the ears of dogs that frequently swim can also encourage infection.

How can I tell of my pet has an ear infection?

Signs of ear infection include:

  • Scratching the ear
  • Shaking the head
  • Pain when touches around the ears
  • A foul odour or discharge emanating from the ear canal
  • Swelling or redness of the skin lining the ear canal

If you suspect your pet has an ear infection, please consult your veterinarian. In severe cases where the ear drum is ruptured it can be dangerous to apply treatments in your dogs ear(s).

How are ear infections treated?

Ear infections can be very painful and your veterinarian may need to sedate or anaesthetise your pet to enable a thorough examination and treatment of your pets ears. Alternatively, your veterinarian may be abke ti examine and treat your pet's ears in the consultation and advise you on how to safely treat your pets ears at home.

It is important to follow you veterinarians instructions to ensure successful treatment and avoid a re-occurrence of the ear infection. Should there be re-occurrence please contact your veterinarian.

What else can I do to maintain ear hygiene?

It is beneficial in breeds that tend to have a predisposing factors ti ear infections or re occurrencing problems to regular clean their ears. Some general maintenance tips include:

  • Clipping away hair form the inner surface or the ear flap or dogs with floppy ears.
  • Gently plucking the excessive ear from the external ear canal where possible
  • Routine application of cleaners such as Epi-Otic to help minimise the build up of the perpetuating factors and leave the ears in optimum condition. This can be done after bathing to ensure that no excessive moisture is left behind in the ear canal that may contribute to infection and inflammation.
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