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What’s bothering my dog’s ears?

You may have noticed your dog scratching his ears a lot lately. Perhaps the inside of his ears are red or inflamed. Maybe you’ve even detected an odor or some discharge coming from his ears. What could be the problem?

Dog ears can be bothered by a number of things: ear infections, debris, mites and ticks, or other disorders. Although floppy-eared dogs are more prone to ear problems, any breed can be affected.

Below are products we’ve developed to help ear conditions in dogs. If you have questions about any of these products, be sure to talk with your veterinarian. As with any product you use on your pet, always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.

Our Products
EASOTIC<sup>®</sup> Otic Suspension for Dogs

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EASOTIC<sup>®</sup> Otic Suspension for Dogs

EASOTIC® Otic Suspension for Dogs

Formulated with proven actives to fight bacteria and yeast.*

Gentamicin sulfate – a proven, broad-spectrum topical antibiotic.

  • Considered a first-choice antimicrobial1 – effective against a wide range of gram-positive and gram-negative aerobic bacteria.
  • The safety of the topical use of gentamicin has been well established.2

Miconazole nitrate – an antifungal compound you know and trust.

  • Broad-spectrum antifungal with fungistatic and fungicidal activity against M. pachydermatis yeasts, commonly found in otitis externa.
  • Low-level resistance3 and solid safety profile.4

Novel formulation is proven to work effectively in less time.

  • A 5-day course with EASOTIC® (hydrocortisone aceponate, miconazole nitrate, gentamicin sulfate) Suspension For Dogs is comparable to a 7-day course with other brands.

 * EASOTIC Suspension is indicated for the treatment of otitis externa in dogs associated with susceptible strains of yeast (Malassezia pachydermis) and bacteria (Staphylococcus pseudintermedius)

Reference:

  1. Radlinsky MA and Mason DE. Diseases of the ear. In: Ettinger SJ and Felman EC. Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine 6th edition, Saint Louis, 2005, 1168-1186.
  2. Strain GM, Merchant SR, Neer M, Tedford BL. Ototoxicity assessment of gentamicin sulfate otic preparation in dogs. Am J Vet Res, 1995; 56:532-538.
  3. Rougier S and al. A comparative study of two antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory formulations in the treatment of canine otitis externa. Veterinary Dermatology, 2005; 16: 299-307.
  4. Barasch A, Griffin AV. Miconazole revisited: new evidence of antifungal efficacy from laboratory and clinical trials. Future Microbiol., 2008; 3: 265-269.       

EASOTIC Suspension is contraindicated in dogs with known or suspected hypersensitivity to corticosteroids, imidazole antifungals, or aminoglycoside antibiotics. Do not use in dogs with known tympanic membrane (ear drum) perforation. The safe use of EASOTIC Suspension in dogs used for breeding purposes, during pregnancy, or in lactating bitches has not been evaluated. For otic (ear) use in dogs only. Do not administer orally. Not for use in humans. Humans with known or suspected hypersensitivity to hydrocortisone, aminoglycoside antibiotics, or azole antifungals should not handle this product. For complete product information refer to the product insert.

Your Questions Our Answers

How should EASOTIC Suspension be stored properly?

Store canister upright at room temperature between 68° F - 77° F.

Is there an age restriction for EASOTIC® (hydrocortisone aceponate, miconazole nitrate, gentamycin sulfate) Otic Suspension?

Virbac does not have any age restrictions for EASOTIC Suspension.

Can I use EASOTIC Suspension on a cat?

EASOTIC Suspension is labeled for use on dogs only.

Can I use EASOTIC Suspension for more than 5 days?

EASOTIC Suspension is labeled for 1 pump in the infected ear(s) once per day for 5 days.

What precautions should I consider with use of EASOTIC Suspension?

EASOTIC Suspension is contraindicated in dogs with known or suspected hypersensitivity to corticosteroids, imidazole antifungals, or aminoglycoside antibiotics. Do not use in dogs with known tympanic membrane (ear drum) perforation. The safe use of EASOTIC Suspension in dogs used for breeding purposes, during pregnancy, or in lactating bitches has not been evaluated.  For otic (ear) use in dogs only. Do not administer orally.  Not for use in humans.  Humans with known or suspected hypersensitivity to hydrocortisone, aminoglycoside antibiotics, or azole antifungals should not handle this product.  For complete product information refer to the product insert.

My vet prescribed EASOTIC Suspension for my dog. How do I properly administer it?  Please provide instructions.

1. Shake the canister vigorously for at least 30 seconds.  The ball bearings inside the canister help ensure the contents are thoroughly mixed. 

2. Remove the clear cap and prime the canister by firmly pressing down on the pump 2-3 times until the suspension fills the clear nozzle.  Prime the canister only before the first use.  Now you are ready to administer treatment.

3. Insert the nozzle into your dog’s ear canal and firmly press down on the pump 1 time to deliver the full 1-mL dose.*  It may help to massage the medication into your dog’s ear.  Wipe the nozzle clear of debris, replace the cap, and store upright.

* Follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding dosing. 

Also see Dog Owner Administration Sheet (PDF)


EPI-OTIC<sup>®</sup> <em>ADVANCED</em> Ear Cleanser

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EPI-OTIC<sup>®</sup> <em>ADVANCED</em> Ear Cleanser

EPI-OTIC® ADVANCED Ear Cleanser

A well tolerated, efficient ear cleanser that facilitates the removal of cellular debris and excessive wax as well as the drying of the ear canal. The inclusion of monosaccharides has a soothing effect (anti-irritant) as well as limiting the bonding of microorganisms (anti-adhesive) to the skin surface. Because of its neutral pH, EPI-OTIC® Advanced Ear Cleanser should not interfere with other ear preparations. 

EPI-OTIC Advanced Ear Cleanser is recommended for the routine cleansing of ears in dogs and cats or prior to the application of ear preparations.  

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Why should I use EPI-OTIC® Advanced Ear Cleanser?

EPI-OTIC Advanced Ear Cleanser is a non-irritating cleanser, has a neutral pH, as well as an exclusive anti-odor technology that neutralizes the unpleasant odors commonly found in otitis externa cases.  It features innovative glycotechnology that inhibits yeast from adhering to the skin inside of the ears, and helps reduce the inflammatory response.


OTOMITE PLUS<sup>®</sup> Ear Miticide

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OTOMITE PLUS<sup>®</sup> Ear Miticide

OTOMITE PLUS® Ear Miticide


If you have questions about any of these products or specific concerns about your pet’s health, print out our Checkup Checklist and contact your veterinarian.