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Floppy ears are more prone to infection than others.

Floppy ears are more prone to infection than others.

Kyle Smith

How Zymox Can Soothe Ear Infections in Dogs Without a Prescription

Dog owners dealing with dogs affected by recurrent ear infections may very
well know what a frustrating ordeal this can turn out to be. There are not
many medical maladies as frustrating as ear infections in dogs. Having worked
alongside veterinarians for an animal hospital, I was quite used to getting
phone calls from dog owners exasperated from their dog’s ear infection. They
often wanted an appointment scheduled ASAP in high hopes that their dog would
stop that annoying ear scratching and head tilting for good.

Owners of dogs with floppy ears know how much these dogs may be prone to
annoying infections. Because the ears are down, they retain moisture and
therefore create the ideal grounds for bacteria to thrive. Bathing such dogs
often requires owners to place cotton balls in the ears to ensure they stay
safely dry.

However, ear infections at times may come regardless, and they may not be easy
to treat. Some dogs seem to do well at first with treatment, but then that
annoying infection at times comes back just like before. A round of
antibiotics usually will do the trick, but often, this may not suffix. At
times, steroids or ear drops with steroids may need to prescribed in order to
bring down some swelling. With that, hopefully the dog may get some relief.

An Amazing Product With Great Reviews!

Dog owners may be happy to learn that there is a product on the market that
does not contain steroids, but that can be equally effective for ear
infections. Perhaps the best feature of all is that this product does not
require a prescription by the vet. It can be brought over the counter.

Introducing, Zymox Otic, an effective ear product that does not contain
steroids, and that does not require a veterinary prescription. Zymox Otic has
demonstrated throughout the years to be effective against three types of
annoying ear infections in dogs:

  • Bacterial Ear Infections
  • Viral Ear Infections
  • Yeast Ear Infections

Did You Know?

Zymox Otic may also be effective against annoying ear mites.

About Zymox Ear Solution Otic for Dogs

The product is available in two distinct formulations: Zymox Otic with
Hydrocortisone and Zymox Otic without Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is a
strong anti-inflammatory product that may be helpful in many cases of annoying
ear infections where there is itching, swelling, and inflammation. The product
contains three powerful enzymes that are naturally found in milk:
lactoperoxidase, lysozyme, and lactoferrin. These products together create a
very strong anti-microbial effect.

How Zymox Otic Is Administered

Dogs affected by acute ear infections usually will benefit from a seven-day
application, whereas dogs affected by chronic ear infections benefit from the
14-day application. The solution is easily instilled into the affected ear
canal, allowing it to fill up with the product. The dog’s ear is then
immediately massaged allowing the ear to absorb the product. Only once the
dog’s ear has been massaged should the dog be allowed to shake its ears to get
rid of the excess product.

Tips and Warnings for Treating Ear Infections With Zymox

  • Zymox Otic does not cause any side effects, therefore it is a preferred product for those concerned about all the side effects derived from the use of Steroids and other products.
  • However, in order to work well, Zymox Otic should not be used along with other topical ear medications.
  • Owners should also notify their vet if they are giving Zymox Otic while their dog is on any oral medications for infections.
  • According to, if the ear has any open wounds or sores owners should use Zymox otic without Hydrocortisone until the wounds have healed.
  • Zymox Otic can be reused periodically in order to avoid any annoying ear infection recurrences.
  • If the ear infection does not get better, a veterinarian should be consulted at once, since dog owners may be dealing with inner ear infections which can be serious.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It
is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription,
or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional.
Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a
veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: How much does Zymox cost?

Answer: The average price for Zymox for dog ear infections averages
around $20 per bottle.

© 2010 Adrienne Farricelli

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Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 31, 2020:

Hi Kelli, traditional Zymox is not meant to be an every day cleaner but rather
to treat ear infections. According to the label, Zymox for dogs is to be
applied once a day for 7 days or 14 days for chronic infections. Zymox though
makes a line of products for ear cleaning.

kelli on January 30, 2020:

How often do I use this product. Is it like a everyday cleaner.

Wendy Harris on April 11, 2019:

Can a pregnant dog have Zymox for inflammation?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 03, 2013:

Many people have had success with this product, I hope your dog is one of
them. Best wishes!

kiblerk on May 03, 2013:

this was very good info. I have been struggling with itchy ears with my dog
for at least 7 years now. I found this product and used it today on him.
Nothing the vet has prescribed has really helped. Today I FINALLY see relief
on his face! We’ll see how it goes over the next few days. I have hope….!

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 18, 2012:

Amber, no! The best thing about zymox for ear infections is that no
prescription is required. My vet used to sell it but many online stores sell
it without a prescription

Amber on June 18, 2012:

Do u need a prescription for the ear drops

Tmz on September 17, 2011:

It’s great that there are two Rottie pictured here because I have a Rottie who
has had eat infections her whole life. 🙁 At least once a year. Now I treat
them on my own to stop tossing money at the vet since I know exactly what it
is. Thanks for sharing.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 16, 2010:

Yes, cats are prone to ear infections too!Zymox otic is a product that can be
used in cats as well.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the
forest with my dog named Sam … on January 14, 2010:

Excellent article, anything that can help me spare my pets any pain, would
this also work for cats, and do cats get ear infections. I have never had a
dog with an ear infection. I keep my dogs ears free of hairs and keep the
canal clean with alcohol. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic