Do NOT Use Peroxide in Pet’s Ears

Cleaning your pet’s ears comes with a warning!  We thought you might be interested in a couple of these tips so you could better care for your pet.


If your pet has chronic ear infections, clean only the outside of the ear and consult a vet. This could be a sign of allergies or other problems.

If the ear canal looks abnormal, clean only the outside of the ears with a good medicinal.  PetsBestRx TM products were designed to treat infection quickly.

Do NOT use peroxide in your pet’s ear. Peroxide is caustic to the already red, inflamed tissue and can cause the ear drum to rupture.

The ear mite is the most common cause of ear illnesses in cats, quickly spreading from one pussy-cat to another through direct contact. Ear mites cause inflammatory symptoms, like bacterial and yeast-related infections. Symptoms include itching and rosiness of the ears. Other, more heavy problems can come from untreated infections, such as skin illness in areas aside from the ear.

Ear mite infection can be treated topically after removal of debris from the ear. Various anti-parasitic medications are available for use in the ears. Households with multiple infected pets can be handled with oral or injectable ivermectin.There is also a product labeled for treatment of ear mites in cats known as selamectin that is used on the skin and lasts for one month ; there is also a non poisonous product called Mitactin that is proven to work great.

Ear mites spread rapidly, and can be transmitted from even transient physical contact with other animals. In pets, ear mites most commonly affect cats, guinea pigs, ferrets, and to a smaller extent dogs. Very rarely, humans can also be affected. Infected animals have a giant amount of crumbly dark brown material in their ears. On close inspection, little white mites can be seen in the debris. Ear mites don’t burrow as some mites do, but live in the ear canal.

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