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Ear cleaning


Malassezia yeasts are the most common organisms associated with inflammation of the ear (otitis) and, along with Staphylococcus, are commonly associated with dermatitis.

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Both Malassezia and Staphylococcus proliferate on:

The ears, interdigital areas, axilla, inguinal are most frequently affected.

Malaseb shampoo will remove these pathogens from the skin surface in all these areas. Many clients asking about cleaning the ears are also concerned about water getting into the ears.


Animals with Malassezia and Staphylococcus infections resulting in dermatitis and otitis, are bathed with Malaseb twice weekly. At the same time the ears are flushed with a 1 in 30 dilution of Malaseb in luke warm water.

This allows Malassezia and Staphylococcus, at all sites to be treated. Ears are flushed several times during bathing until clean i.e. no wax or debris is seen. The solution does not sting or burn and it is well tolerated.

The surfactants in Malaseb dissolve the wax and allow it to be flushed out. This is an economical and readily available option. We also use diluted Malaseb to flush ears under general anaesthetic.

General tips for ear flushing

Products to use and not use for ear cleaning



Malaseb shampoo

Contains a unique base surfactant and has no toxic preservatives

Sebolyse or other shampoos

Do not use  for this purpose

Acid ear cleaners

Tend to irritate and burn further, damaging the already compromised ear canal lining. They must not be used if the tympanum is not intact

The biggest failing of current ear cleaners is their failure to dissolve and remove wax, cellular debris and pathogens. The build up of these in the ear allows the infection to ignite and persist underneath and shields the organism from topical medications.

Owners instructions

Make up a 1:30 dilution of Malaseb shampoo into luke warm water and flush with a small syringe (2-3mLs) with or without the silicone tubing. Owners are encouraged to use the solution twice weekly.

If a veterinary ear flush is not performed, but there is a severe build up of wax and/or debris in an otitis case, try daily flushing before applying antibiotic drops. Continue until no debris is seen, usually 3 days.