Otitis is one of the most common presenting complaints, especially during this time of the year. Some of our patients are enjoying the summer by swimming in the water, and this can contribute to moisture in the ear canal or “swimmers ear,” while others may be suffering from allergic otitis or other ear infections.
Clients should be sent home with a routine ear cleanser to be used after the ear infections are diagnosed and treated. DermaZoo’s GlycoZoo Otic is a routine ear cleanser, and can be used to aid in the treatment of mild bacterial and yeast infections as well.
GlycoZoo Otic contains 2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Boric Acid. It is a pH adjusting, multi-cleanse solution designed for routine ear/skin cleaning and treatment. Glycolic Acid is keratolytic; smoothing and softening the skin, and helps reduce the pH of the ear canal as to make an unfavorable environment for bacterial and yeast infections. Boric Acid is drying, and aids in the treatment of topical fungal and bacterial diseases. The drying action also makes it an ideal cleanser to be used after dog’s swim and get water in their ears.
Here are instructions for clients on how to clean their pet’s ears in 5 easy steps:
STEP 1: Apply cleanser directly to the ear from the nozzle of the bottle or by soaking a cotton ball and placing the cotton ball in the ear. Overflow the ear canal with cleanser.
STEP 2: Massage the cleanser into the ear canal by gently massaging the base of the ear for about a minute to dislodge attached wax.
STEP 3: With a cotton ball over your fingertip, wipe the accessible portion of the ear and ear canal clean as shown. Let your dog or cat shake out any excess cleaner. Wipe out the excess cleaner with a dry cotton ball once again.
STEP 4: It is not recommended to insert cotton swabs into the ears. If cotton swabs are used, they should only be used in the visible portion of the ear and ear canal.
STEP 5: Repeat in the other ear.