Dogs and Those Pesky Ear Infections

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It is very common for a dog to suffer from an ear infection. It can be a painful and irritating situation! You will observe them scratching their ears and shaking their head and you may even notice an abnormal smell. Most of the time, these infections are caused by bacteria and yeast. Luckily, Carolina Value Pet Care has some great rememdies that will give your pet some relief!Ear infections in dogs are common and most dogs suffer from this painful condition sometime in their life. Scratching and rubbing at the ear(s) and head shaking are common signs. You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling. Most ear infections in adults are caused by bacteria and yeast, though ear mites are a common cause in puppies. Your veterinarian will take a sample from the affected

OtiPack E (Enrofloxacin + Ketoconazole + Triamcinolone) – For Moderate to Severe Ear Infections
*** This is a powerful combination of an antibiotic for infection; cortisone for inflammation, irritation and pain;  and an anti-fungal agent for yeast infections. We put the medication into your pet’s infected ear(s) with a single application ~ you do not need to put the medication in the ear on a daily basis as with most ear medications
0-35 lb pets (1 Ear) – $24
0-35 lb pets (2 Ears) – $30
35+ lb pets (1 Ear) – $30
35+ lb pets (2 Ears) – $38

Claro (Florfenicol + Terbinafine + Mometasone) – For Moderate to Severe Ear Infections
*** This is a powerful combination of an antibiotic for infection; cortisone for inflammation, irritation and pain;  and an anti-fungal agent for yeast infections. We put the medication into your pet’s infected ear(s) with a single application and it continually treats the ear for 4 weeks.  You do not need to put the medication in the ear on a daily basis as with most ear medications
(1 Ear) – $27
(2 Ears) – $38

Claro vs. OtiPack-E:  Which medication is better?
It’s not a matter of one being better than another.  They are both excellent medications to effectively treat ear infections.  And while the ingredients are not the same, the benefit should be.  The decision of which to use is one Dr. Bob will make.  And the main concern is how ‘gooey’ the ears are.  If they are really gooey and messy, Dr. Bob will choose Claro since it is a liquid solution, as opposed to OtiPack, which is a thick lanolin base.  Best not to add thick goo to an ear that already has a lot of thick goo.  Also, if an ear is very inflamed (very red, very sore, puffy), Claro is a better choice since the cortisone in Claro is more powerful.

Keto-C Flush 12oz – $23
*** Great product for chronic (on-going) yeast infections (most commonly seen in Retrievers and other large dog breeds) since it actually KILLS the yeast.  It also contains an anti-bacterial agent Chlorhexidine which has anti-yeast properties as well.   For those dogs prone to yeast infections, Dr. Bob recommends using this on an on-going basis… just like brushing your teeth. While every pet is different, he generally recommends putting it into the affected ear(s) daily for 1 week, then 2 to 3 times each week on a consistent basis.

Zymox w/Cortisone – $21.50 + Tax = $23
*** Great for mild ear infections – Use only once daily for 1 to 2 weeks, then use as needed

Best wishes for healthy ears!