Ear Mite Treatment for Cats

Otic Suspension


Should I treat the entire animal with a flea shampoo or spray as is sometimes recommended in the literature?

None of the animals in our efficacy studies were treated concurrently with a flea control product in order to kill "wandering" mites. However, if you routinely prefer this type of concurrent treatment and would like to continue, there should be no safety issues involved since ivermectin has been shown to be safe when used with flea products in other studies.

Should the ear canals be cleaned prior to administration of Acarexx, even though the label says it is not necessary?

Acarexx® is not a wax remover, although it is effective in the presence of wax. If the animal is cooperative, your vet may want to clean your cat's ears. For animals that are difficult to restrain, the excessive wax and debris will gradually be eliminated from the ear canal once the mites are eradicated.

Should all of the cats in the household be treated, even if they do not have ear mite infestations?

Yes. All cats in the household should be treated to prevent inapparent carriers from acting as a source of reinfestation.

Can Acarexx® be used to treat ear mite infestations in dogs?

Acarexx® is only labeled for use in cats. IDEXX has not conducted studies that demonstrate safety or efficacy in dogs. Any use of this product in dogs would be extra-label and we cannot recommend such use of our products.

Can ampules be split between two kittens?

No. Acarexx® has been proven effective in cats and kittens using the contents of one ampule per ear. We can only assure reliable efficacy when the product is used in accordance with label instructions.

Should the home environment be cleaned or treated when mites have been diagnosed?

Otodectes cynotis will not live long off the host animal. There is no need to treat the environment, but it is recommended that all cats and kittens in the household be treated.

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