One in every five dogs suffers from some form of ear affliction. According to the American Kennel Club, “the problem is more common during warm months, when ear infections are reported to be 10 to 15% of all patients brought to veterinary hospitals.” Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a one-product solution to proactively maintain your dog’s ear health?
With allergies in their off-season, it’s time to tackle other problematic causes of ear infections: bacteria, fungi, and yeast.
Tackling Bacterial, Fungal, and Yeast Infections
Promoting preventative ear care begins with identifying three common causes of ear infections. As with humans, dogs can suffer from bacterial, fungal and yeast infections. In fact, most ear infections in adult dogs are caused by either bacteria or yeast. Using a once-weekly ointment such as CAMEO Otic promotes compliance, decreasing the risk of flare-ups or chronic issues.
A Play-by-Play of CAMEO Otic’s Proprietary Blend
CAMEO Otic Ointment is a new category of ear health management for dogs formulated with a proprietary blend of all-natural botanicals. The combination of these active ingredients helps maintain a healthy balance of the ear environment for up to seven days. Cleaning prior to the initial application of CAMEO Otic Ointment is recommended but not needed prior to subsequent, weekly doses.
Before continuing this article, it’s important to understand that essential oils in larger doses than in CAMEO can cause adverse reactions. Neither Jeffers nor PRN Pharmacal recommends using essential oils without first consulting your veterinarian.
- Cassia Bark, commonly known as cinnamon, has well-documented healing properties. In CAMEO Otic, Cassia Bark acts as an anti-fungal agent combating the leading cause of yeast infections – Candida albicans.
- Clove Oil aids in multiple aspects of the ear healing process. Eugenol, a main component of cloves, serves as both a local antiseptic and anesthetic. Antiseptics help prevent and decrease the possibility of infection, while anesthetics provide temporary pain relief.
- Eucalyptus displays anti-inflammatory properties, helping reduce swelling and inflammation in the inner ear.
- Origanum takes charge of the defense, providing protection against bacterial, fungal, microbial, and viral infections.
When combined in proper doses, essential oils help treat and alleviate symptoms associated with chronic ear infections.
Defeating the Dog Days of Summer
When water becomes trapped in the inner ear, it creates an optimal environment for bacteria and fungi growth. During the summer months, veterinarians report an increase of ear infections largely in part to increased swimming and bathing.
Cooling off comes with a maintenance fee the price of boxed-seats in some cases, however. Frequent vet visits for ear infections can really add up. By following a few simple tips and tricks, you can decrease the odds of water becoming trapped.
1.) Place Cotton Balls in Ear – Cotton balls can provide a barrier between the ear and water while absorbing water and debris previously trapped in the ear.
2.) Use a Washcloth – If your dog isn’t a big fan of baths, try cleaning their ears with a slightly damp washcloth.
3.) Time to Towel Off – Drying off your dog after bath time or swimming assists with eliminating excess water.
CAMEO Otic: A Winning Formula in Dog Ear Health
Using CAMEO Otic and applying preventative water measures gives your dog the greatest chance of winning the game against chronic ear ailments. Offensively it provides a once-weekly, pre-packaged solution to ear care management. On defense, it can help clear up any pre-existing conditions that can lead to ear infections.
This blog is meant to be helpful and educational. It should not supersede, challenge, or supplant the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a licensed veterinarian.
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Last Updated on August 26, 2020 by Rachel Champion