Ear issues are the second most common reason dog owners visit veterinarians. Dogs who are especially allergy prone or have floppy ears like Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and Beagles are more prone to ear infections. Dogs who grow hair in their inner ear canal like Schnauzers are also susceptible.

Fortunately Luna has not had any ear infections or other ear issues, but ear care is still a concern of mine.

Several steps can be made to prevent ear infections. It is most important to check your dog’s ears regularly for any sign of discharge, odor, swelling, or redness. Keeping your dog’s ears dry and cleaning them periodically is also beneficial.

If you have a wiggly beagle that doesn’t like sitting still like mine does, then ear cleaning can be quite a difficult endeavor.

Innovet makes a special ear cleaning solution called PurOtic that makes ear cleaning significantly less of a chore. PurOtic was created with a Labrador Retriever who hated ear cleanings, but had multiple ear infections in mind.

PurOtic‘s patented silicone applicator is what makes it stand out from other ear cleaners. The applicator’s soft tip can bend and flex if your dog moves their head. This flexibility helps get the cleaning solution to where infections and odors begin inside the inner ear. It also significantly reduces chance of injury to a squirming pet.

In addition to the extremely helpful applicator, the PurOtic solution is made of 99% natural ingredients and contains no alcohol or harsh chemicals. Oils with both anti-septic properties and natural fragrances are added to PurOtic so your dog’s ears smell fresh and clean.

PurOtic also features the same emulsifier that is used in emergency rooms to clean ears of infants. This emulsifying agent works to break up wax.

Innovet PurOtic is a natural ear cleaner with a flexible silicone applicator.

Innovet PurOtic is a natural ear cleaner with a flexible silicone applicator.

The PurOtic line contains three different ear cleaning products. PurOtic Regular Strength can be used for both cats and dogs. PurOtic Extra Strength however is designed specifically with dogs in mind. The PurOtic Ear Dryer is designed to compliment both PurOtic Regular Strength and Extra Strength for dogs. PurOtic Ear Dryer should be used following the cleaning for soothing itch relief.

Luna and I tried out both PurOtic Extra Strength and Ear Dryer. Although Luna still dislikes getting her ears cleaned, the process was much easier and quicker. I was even able to do it without my boyfriend’s help, which is a miracle since Luna is an ultimate squirmer. Afterwards Luna still did a little “floor swimming” but that decreased with each use as she got used to it and I got better aim. Luna really enjoyed the ear rubbing after the solution was applied and her ears definitely smelled clean.

Luna can wiggle and squirm during ear cleaning without getting injured thanks to Innovet PurOtic.

Luna can wiggle and squirm during ear cleaning without getting injured thanks to Innovet PurOtic.

PurOtic is pretty easy to use. All you need to do is shake the bottle and align the silicone applicator with the opening of the ear canal. Then pull the trigger 2-5 times and massage the base of your pet’s ears for even distribution.

All three PurOtics come in a 4 oz bottle with one silicone applicator. PurOtic Regular Strength and Extra Strength also come in an 8 oz bottle. The 4 oz bottle is super easy to hold and maneuver while attempting to clean your pet’s ears. Four ounces may not sound like a lot, but I have used ours to clean Luna’s ears several times and we haven’t even made a dent in the bottle. The silicone applicator is reusable and just needs the tip rinsed with warm water and soap after each use. Just in case, three additional applicators can be purchased for $4.95.

Each 4 oz bottle of PurOtic sells for $10.95 and the 8 oz bottles sell for $15.95, which is right on par with other ear cleaners. It can be purchased through Innovet’s online store. Combo packs may also be available for a discounted price.

Innovet has teamed up with us to offer an approximate years supply of PurOtic to TWO Beagles and Bargains readers currently living in the US or Canada. To enter use the Rafflecopter below by 11:59 PM EST on 2/5/14.

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Disclaimer: Innovet provided PurOtic free to review. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about PurOtic, but I received no additional benefits for mentioning the products in this post. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business. Innovet is responsible for all giveaway prizes including shipping.

Jessica Shipman
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