Swimmer's Ear Astringent
Medicated ear flush
Medicated ear flush is used in dogs and cats to clean the ear during an active ear infection. Medicated ear flush usually contains a drying agent as well as a cleaning agent that is active against bacteria. Removing excess debris and wax from an infected ear is an important component of successfully treating ear disease as it allows for other medications to penetrate deeper into the canal.
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To assist with cleaning and to promote drying the ear during an active ear infection
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICATION?
- Animals with a ruptured ear drum
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this solution should not use this medication
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Consult with your veterinarian regarding the frequency of cleaning during an active ear infection.
Do not skip or stop cleaning without consulting your veterinarian.
Cleaning frequency may be adjusted based upon an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.
Wait until after the ear is clean and dry before administering any medications into the ear.
It may be necessary to clip excess hair from around the ear to assist with cleaning and applying medications.
Avoid getting this product in your pet's eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you are having difficulty cleaning the ear or your pet is in discomfort, contact your veterinarian.
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
CLEANING THE EAR
- Check label directions and shake the bottle if necessary
- Lift the ear flap so that it is pointing straight up
- Apply the ear flush liberally into the canal
- Massage near the base of the ear to encourage the debris to soften
- Allow your pet to shake their head to assist with removal of the fluid and debris
- Wipe away any loose debris from the ear flap and canal with a cloth, gauze, or cotton ball
- You may need to repeat several times depending on the amount of debris that is present
- Do not use cotton applicator swabs in the canal due to potential for injury
- Wash your hands after cleaning your pet's ears
- Always praise and reward your pet to encourage cooperation
WHAT IF A CLEANING IS MISSED?
If a cleaning is missed, go back to the normal cleaning schedule as soon as possible. Remember to allow for drying time if you are also applying ear medications.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Medicated ear flush should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- If you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you pet has accidentally ingested this medication or has received more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- How often does your pet's ears need to be cleaned
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with the medicated ear flush
- What are the risks and benefits of using the medicated ear flush
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced previous ear problems
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
It is important to have any ear problems assessed by a veterinarian prior to applying any medications as incorrect treatment can result in damage to the ear.
Discuss with your veterinarian what is recommended to treat underlying conditions that may predispose your pet to reoccurring ear problems.
This is just a summary of information about Medicated ear flush. If you have any questions or concerns about Medicated ear flush or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.