Most ear problems are caused by an infection in the outer ear. Staph, Strep and Pseudomonas bacteria, Malassezia or Candida yeast. Floppy ears, narrow and or furry ear canals and allergies also contribute to ear problems.
The following symptoms indicate ear problems: Inside of the external ear will appear red and irritated, a brown waxy discharge may be present. Head shaking or tilting, and scratching which may cause bleeding or a musty odor from the inside of the ears.
Guardians are frequently unaware of the degree of pain their pets may suffer with chronic ear problems. Serious injury or permanent damage may occur to the ears if infection is left untreated. Prevention and early treatment are key to treating ear infections. Fungus such as yeast dislike dry, acidic environments. Most pathogenic organisms of the ear canal grow best in an alkaline environment. Therefore, ear preparations may contain some type of acid, such as boric acid to lower the pH.
Malassezia pachydermatis(yeast)is sometimes associated with ear problems, especially following treatment for pseudomonas bacteria. Gentian Ear Treatment helps dry up moisture in the ear and hasten healing while killing bacteria that may cause a secondary infection. It can be used as a routine preventative ear cleaning solution.
Evaluate the condition of the ears before treating and if inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out the ear. Gently flush the ear with Gentian Ear Treatment and allow the dog or cat to shake out any excess. Treat twice per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon the severity of the ears. After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls. Treat as often as required to maintain ears. When using a Q-tip, only insert it as far into the ear canal as you can actually see. Use care to prevent ear debris from falling down into the ear canal. If irritation occurs due to treatment or in case of severe infections, discontinue use and consult a veterinarian.
Witch Hazel – is an astringent and topical antiseptic.
Boric Acid – is a soothing white crystalline substance with mild antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Gentian Violet – belongs to the group of medicines called antifungals.
250ml flip top bottle for easy application.